When searching for a good roofing contractor, it’s important that you ask all the right questions. In addition to obvious questions related to products and credibility, the roofing contractors at Halo Roofing Inc. share other questions you should nevertheless ask your roofing contractor.
What Level of Roofing Insurance Do You Have? Insurance coverage varies per contractor, however there are two important elements they should have. General liability insurance covers accidental property damage. Workers’ compensation (or “workers comp”) covers worksite injuries. Your prospective contractor should be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate upon request.
Who Will Be on the Job Site During Installation? Roofing installation is complex work, which means there should be someone overseeing the installation work. It could be a project manager or a manager of the company. Family-owned roofing companies are more likely to send the owner of the roofing company to oversee their roofers.
Will You Leave Your Estimate In My Mailbox? It generally isn’t a good sign if a roofing contractor prefers (or even insists on) leaving their estimate in your mailbox. It means they’re less likely to entertain follow-up questions. A legitimate roofing contractor would send an estimator to determine factors such as roofing square footage, condition of the attic, and whether or not the roof complies with current building codes. They will also need to discuss other factors such as your choice of roofing materials, as this will affect the final cost.
Would You Recommend a Layover or a Full Roof Replacement? This is a trick question. Roofing layovers, sometimes called reroofing or recovering, is a type of roofing installation where a new roof is installed over the old one. Some choose to do this to save on tear off costs, but it’s not a recommended practice, and can even cause bigger problems over the long run. A legitimate roofing contractor will always recommend a full roof replacement, not because it costs more, but because it results in the kind of roof that your home deserves: durable, long-lasting, and structurally sound.
Halo Roofing Inc. is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (239) 300-8892 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.