Getting a new roof is a big project that involves a lot of expense and planning. Staying informed and communicating with your roofing contractor can make the process go faster. These 10 questions can generate a productive conversation with your roofing contractor so that you can go into the project with a full understanding of what’s involved.
1. What Is the Project Timeline?
Roofers get busy during peak season. The best roofers may have a wait list that is weeks or even months long. Find out when your roofer is available to start work. If possible, get the date in writing. Your roofer should also have an estimated finish time.
Sometimes roofing projects take longer than expected because the roofer uncovers damage that must be repaired before work can continue. Your roofer may not be able to give you a definite completion date, but you should be able to get an estimate. Give your contractor a margin of error of a few days, just in case your roofing project goes over time.
2. Who Will Dispose of Old Roofing Materials?
After a re-roofing project, the materials from the old roof must be thrown away. Have a conversation with your roofer to ensure that you know who will be getting rid of the materials once the project is over. Having this conversation early on will help ensure that everyone is on the same page. If possible, get the cleanup plan in writing.
3. Are Your Employees Covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
Roofing is dangerous work. If someone falls off your roof while it’s being replaced, your contractor’s workers’ compensation insurance should provide protection. If your contractor does not have workers’ compensation insurance, you may be held liable.
Make sure that your contractor has the appropriate insurance in place. Check the policy with the workers’ compensation company to ensure that it is valid and active.
4. Are You Licensed?
Contractors must be licensed in the state of Florida. The state will only license contractors that comply with state requirements. Contractors must:
- Provide proof of financial responsibility
- Have a bond
- Complete contractor testing
- Meet experience requirements
If you work with an unlicensed contractor, you may not have recourse if the contractor does damage to your home. Get your contractor’s license number, and then check with the licensing authority to ensure that the license is valid and active.
5. Do You Have a Warranty?
A good contractor should offer a warranty for their work. Find out how long the warranty lasts and what the warranty covers. In addition to the contractor’s warranty, the materials used to re-roof the house may have a separate warranty. Your contractor should have the details about both warranties. Get information about both, and keep it on hand after the re-roofing project is finished.
6. Do You Offer Financing?
Some big contractors offer financing for homeowners who are unable to afford an all-new roof. If you need financing, shopping around is a good way to get a good rate and a good deal. You’ll probably check with your bank, but your contractor may offer better rates. Find out your contractor’s financing requirements and interest rate.
7. Who Will Be On-Site While Work Is Being Done?
Your roofing contractor may employ staff or work with subcontractors to complete projects. If this is the case, your contractor might not be on-site while the bulk of the work is being done. Find out who will be there at your house.
Stay informed about who your contractor has hired to complete the work, whether they’re permanent employees, leased employees, temporary employees, or subcontractors. If your contractor will not be around, find out who is in charge while your contractor is not there.
8. Who Should I Contact With Questions?
Many contractors want to maintain a streamlined method of communication with their clients. They would rather answer the client’s questions themselves than have the client talking to employees or subcontractors. Find out who your contractor would like you to talk to when you have questions or issues to discuss.
9. How Long Should the Roof Last?
Roofing materials have a service life. Shingles last between 20 and 25 years, while clay tiles might last 25 to 35 years or longer. Knowing the expected service life of your roofing materials can help you plan for the future and can help you know when to start looking out for roofing problems.
10. How Should I Maintain the New Roof?
Roofs need maintenance. You will need to keep your roof clean and have it inspected on a regular basis. Find out what your roof’s maintenance needs are so that you can ensure those needs are met. Some maintenance may be required for your roof’s warranty; find out if this is the case.
If you’re interested in re-roofing your home this year, contact Acoma Roofing, Inc. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and give you a quote for a new roof.