DateMon Jan 8
Author: Rener Vieira
Often people decide on a roof based on price; however, the difference between a reputable contractor and a “Chuck in a Truck” can make the difference if your roof will hold up over the years or will start needing repairs immediately. Doing a little research and asking questions can help to determine which kind of roofer is going to work on your home and if the price is really worth it
How long have you been in the roofing business?
Roofers who have been in business for a long time show reliability. They will also be around to follow up on warranty issues that may arise.
Are you licensed, bonded, and insured?
While the above questions are essential to ask your roofer. An even better resource is the Washington State Labor and Industries website and using their Verify a Contractor, Tradesperson or Business tool. The Labor and Industries website will provide additional information, such as how long they have been in business, if their license has ever been revoked, if they have had lawsuits against their bond or savings or if they have had violations of Workplace Safety and Health. All important information to make sure you are dealing with a company worth the price.
Are you a local company?
A local company is best able to provide a more personalized experience with their knowledge of weather conditions and products best suited for the area. It’s also generally easier to get a hold of a local company when you have concerns or questions.
What is your pricing like?
Generally, while most contractors provide an all-inclusive price including labor and materials, you should be apprised of what the work includes and the prices for work not included, such replacing rotted boards or fascia, which is unseen until the roofing material is removed.
Do you offer a warranty?
Reputable companies will offer two warranties. One, a manufacturer’s warranty, is from the roofing product manufacturer. The second, a craftsman’s warranty, which will provide warranty coverage if a leak occurs due to the error of the installer.
Can you provide references?
Anyone can claim they will do a great job, but the proof is found in great reviews on social media outlets like Google and the BBB. You can also ask for references to call and addresses to go and look at the work they have done.