Hiring a roof replacement contractor that is reputable and trustworthy can be a challenge. This review discusses what you should look for when choosing a roof replacement contractor that is right for your specific needs.
What To Look For In A Roof Replacement Contractor
There are different types of roof replacement contractors. There are subcontractors that only complete a certain type of job within the roof replacement project. There are independent contractors, which carry out most of the responsibilities and hire subcontractors to complete jobs they may not be able to do.
Lastly, there are roof replacement companies, which offer the most comprehensive list of services and do not have as much of a need for subcontractors. You should search for a roof replacement contractor (or company) that is properly licensed, insured, experienced, and that is able to provide references, quotes, and an estimated timeline.
Check Their License
First and foremost, it is important to choose a roof replacement contractor that is licensed to work in your local area. By verifying their licensing before they begin, you can avoid any potential issues with liability if an incident were to occur during the roof replacement process. This also helps ensure the contractor has the proper training and experience that is necessary to complete the project with quality results.
Verify That They Are Insured
It is also imperative to only consider contractors that are adequately insured as well. Most notably, each contractor you consider should have worker’s compensation insurance, general liability, and auto liability (if applicable). You should ask about the materials they intend to use and whether or not a warranty is offered for the roofing materials.
Review Their experience
Experience is one of the best attributes when it comes to roof replacement. A contractor that has experience with similar roof replacement jobs understands how long the project takes and the type and quantity of roofing materials that they need. They also understand the importance of working in a manner that is not disruptive to the neighborhood or destructive to the home.
References are a great way to determine the quality of results you can expect from the roof replacement contractor. Be sure to ask if they have completed any similar projects to yours in the past and ask for them to provide pictures, if they have them and are willing to share them.
While a lack of references is not necessarily a red flag, a roof replacement contractor that can provide photos can help you trust the results much more, since you know they have completed similar projects. You can simply view pictures and form an idea of what results you can expect.
Ask For A Cost Estimate
It is helpful to have an estimate for how much the roof replacement will cost before you hire a contractor. This can allow you to compare the estimate against other contractors that you are considering to ensure you are securing a competitive price. However, keep in mind that the least expensive option is not always the best option as the quality of service can vary widely with roof replacement contractors.
Receive A Timeline Estimate
In addition, it can help to receive a timeline estimate as well. This will give you a good indication of how long the project will take so that you can make the necessary accommodations. This is particularly useful if you are planning to sell your home in the near future. Of course, setbacks can occur during a project due to weather and other uncontrollable factors.
Ensure There Is A Willingness To Communicate
You also want to ensure the contractor you hire is willing to communicate with you and offers friendly service; an unpleasant contractor can make the overall experience much more difficult. You should be able to get a good indication of how willing and able they are to communicate with you throughout the project during the initial call and inspection and by considering the references that are provided.
Questions To Ask A Roof Replacement Contractor
To gather more information about how to find the right roof replacement contractor for your home, ask them a series of questions that are specific to your project. Good questions to consider asking include:
- What type of roofing do you install?
- Do you offer a free on-site inspection?
- What is the warranty coverage for the services and materials?
- How do you plan to dispose of the old roofing materials and waste?
- What is the payment process like? When do I pay for the work?
- What happens if there are any complications with the roof replacement?
Of course, you may have additional questions you want to ask. Be sure to compile a list of questions to ask on the initial call or during the inspection.
Adelphia Exteriors Offers Roof Replacement Services
Adelphia Exteriors specializes in exterior services such as roof and siding replacement. If you are in need of a roof replacement contractor, then contact us today by phone or message to schedule an inspection.