At Worthmann Roofing and Gutters, we recognize the importance of selecting the right roofing contractor for your project. To assist you in making an informed decision, we have assembled a checklist of essential inquiries to pose to potential contractors. By posing these questions, you can narrow your choices and hire the perfect roofer for your home or business.
- What is the contractor’s experience level in the roofing industry? Understanding the contractor’s overall experience is crucial to assess their expertise and suitability for your project.
- Does the contractor possess adequate insurance coverage? Ensuring that the contractor carries insurance to safeguard your home from unforeseen damages is essential. As Owens Corning Roofing Platinum and Preferred Contractors, we maintain a minimum of $1MM in general liability insurance and are more than willing to furnish you with the certificate of insurance coverage.
- Does the contractor possess the licenses and credentials required by the local municipality or state? A reputable contractor should be able to provide a copy of their license, and it is advisable to verify their record with the local Better Business Bureau organization to ensure a clean track record.
- Will the contractor provide a written estimate? It is crucial to receive a detailed estimate that accurately outlines the work to be performed, including any subcontracted tasks and the chosen products for your project.
- Does the contractor conduct a thorough inspection of your roof? A comprehensive roof inspection is vital to evaluate your roof’s current condition and determine the project’s full scope, encompassing the deck, attic, flashing, chimney, and other roof penetrations.
- Does your contractor assess the adequacy of ventilation and explain its significance? Proper ventilation is pivotal for maintaining a healthy roof, and your contractor should inspect the existing ventilation system and explain its Insufficient ventilation can lead to shingle damage and potential mold growth.
- Will the contractor explain the functioning of a proper roofing system? Your contractor must elucidate the components’ interplay to ensure optimal roof performance. We recommend familiarizing yourself with the Owens Corning® Total Protection Roofing System®.
- Can the contractor explain the variations in performance among ice and water barrier products? Depending on your location, your roof deck may require specific ice and water barriers to shield against frost, snow, wind-driven rains, and more. A knowledgeable contractor should be able to elucidate these distinctions and recommend the most suitable protection for your roof deck.
- Does your contractor adequately clarify the options available for shingle style and color? Your contractor should provide comprehensive information regarding various shingle lines, price ranges, and specific performance considerations applicable to your area. Having choices in this regard is vital.
- Does your contractor explain the disparity between their workmanship and the manufacturer’s warranty for defective products? There exists a distinction between these warranties, and your contractor should clarify whom you should contact in case of any issues.
- Can the contractor furnish references for their previous work? Reputable contractors are usually eager to share their list of references, and we encourage you to reach out to a few of them to obtain feedback.
- Is the contractor transparent about the project timeline? While unexpected circumstances can occasionally cause delays, your contractor should provide a general understanding of when they can commence and complete your project.
- Do you feel at ease with the contractor’s communication style? Effective communication is pivotal throughout the project. Trust your instincts and select a contractor who takes the time to address your questions and concerns.
- Can they provide clear payment terms? It is advisable to pay for part of the roof in Typically, a deposit is not expected, but full payment is due upon completion. Different payment schedules may apply.
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