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Finding the Right Roofer: Essential Questions to Ask

So you’ve decided to have your old roof replaced with a new one. For this endeavor, you must make sure that every aspect of this project must be considered carefully. One important thing to focus on is the team of experienced roofers you’ll be hiring for the job. You’ll encounter local roofing companies, and that alone can be overwhelming given the sheer number of them looking to earn your business.

Make sure you do your proper research on who the reputable contractors are in your area so that you can approach them and get their roofing estimates. This will help you determine which of them fits your needs. From choosing the best roofing material for your home up until the final inspection after installation, only a professional contractor can ensure a successful outcome for your roofing project.

As you approach several prospects for your project, you need to ask several questions to ensure you hire the right contractor for the job. Our roof replacement team from Next Level Roofers shares a few below to help you out:

“Can You Show Proof of Your Business License?”

As soon as you meet with your prospect for the first time, this should be one of the first questions to ask. Professional contractors will always have proof of their licenses with them along with a physical business address within the area or state. Although the requirements for a business license will vary for each state, the contractor has to be certified and licensed in the area to legally operate their roofing business. You can also take this opportunity to ask the next question.

“How Long Have You Been in the Roofing Business?”

Experience is crucial when it comes to big projects such as roof replacement. Some contractors may offer lower rates to attract more customers, but this can also mean they don’t have enough experience to get the job done. You’re better off going with trusted roofers who have the right knowledge and experience to ensure a successful installation. But if they’re unable to produce proof of license or even a legitimate business address, then they may not be the perfect fit for your needs. Worse, they may not even be from the area and are only passing by for a quick profit! 

“Can You Show Me Your Portfolio?”

Most contractors will have a portfolio of their previous work that they can easily provide whenever it’s needed. You can also check the contractor’s business page in advance, as they’ll most likely post pictures and descriptions of their previous projects. However, it won’t hurt to ask them directly about their portfolio when meeting in person. In many cases, they’ll give a more detailed description of their previous roofing projects!

“Can I Get a Written Estimate?”

Your new roof can be a considerable investment, so you should know exactly how much you’ll be spending. As they give their estimates for your roofing project, make sure that you get them in writing. This will help in comparing other estimates from different prospects so you have an idea of how much you’ll need to spend for your roofing project. By talking to them in detail about the different specifications regarding the estimate, you’ll know who listens and guides you throughout your roof replacement process.

The price given in your estimate will depend on the size of your current roof as well as what you want for your replacement. Some professional roofers will go to your home and inspect the roof personally to check your roof’s current condition. They’ll take into account any sign of damage and deterioration into their estimate as they’ll address these later on during the construction process.

“Are You Insured?”

Most states require roofing professionals to carry at least two types of insurance for their business. That means your prospects should have at least workers’ compensation and liability insurance to protect both you and the workers in case of damage or injury. It’s a necessity that professional roofing contractors should have, so if a roofer you’re keen on hiring doesn’t carry insurance, it can be a bit risky to entrust them with your replacement project. It’s better to move on to the next prospect.

General liability insurance is necessary as it covers any damage to your property during your roof replacement project. It essentially safeguards you, your family, and your property against damage or injury that may happen due to the construction process. It provides coverage for the hospital expenses in case you sustain an injury from a roofing accident, so you won’t need to shoulder them yourself. It also covers property damage, which can range from a personal smartphone being damaged by fallen debris to your car getting scratched by roofing materials during installation. Of course, you won’t have to worry about this happening to you since you’ve taken precautions to prevent unwanted damage!

On the other hand, workers’ compensation works almost the same way as liability insurance, except that it applies to the roofers working on your replacement project. Whether they get sick or injured in any way, workers’ comp protects you from shouldering their medical costs and other benefits. This also pays their lost wages when they get sick or injured while working on your roof.

“Which Manufacturers Do You Represent?”

A good roofing company will have earned certifications from the top brands in the roofing industry. By working with a reputable contractor, you can get access to high-quality products and workmanship that adheres to quality standards and specifications. Moreover, you get to benefit from the solid warranty coverage that comes with them. 

Next Level Roofers is among the most reputable roofing companies in the area. We have the most efficient support staff ready to assist you both before and after obtaining your desired roof. Our professional installers are the best in the business and will deliver to you a new roofing system that will protect your home for many years to come.

To get started, call us at (407) 237-7960 or by filling out our convenient contact form online. Our Florida service areas include The Villages (Leesburg) and the rest of Sumter County.