If you are in the market for a new roof, finding the right roofing contractor is critical. One way to narrow down your options is to ask some detailed questions. The answers to these questions will help you weed out any poor choices and settle on the right contractor for the job.

1. Are you licensed, insured, and bonded?

For a roofing contractor, you want all three items. Licensure means that the contractor has registered with the state’s board of licensing contractors. Being bonded means that the contractor runs an ethical business, and the bonding company will step in if the roofer fails to finish the job. Finally, insurance, including vehicle insurance, liability insurance, and workman’s comp, is a critical protection for you and your contractor.

2. How long have you been working in the area?

You want to work with a local business with a solid reputation. That comes from being in business for a long time. An established, local contractor has a reputation to uphold, and they will do a better job on your home to maintain that reputation.

3. Do you offer a warranty?

Your roofing materials may come with a warranty, but you also want a quality warranty from the contractor. This ensures that should you have a problem, you can get it repaired without cost. If the company has a warranty, ask how long it is. This can vary significantly from just a year to a lifetime warranty, so you need this information to compare contractors.

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4. Will you remove the old roof?

Make sure the quote you get for roof replacement includes the cost of roof removal. Some shady companies will offer a low quote to get the job, then add more to remove the roof. You could save money by removing the old roof yourself, but you can create more problems by doing so without knowledge of how to do it safely. You are safer with a roofing company that replaces the roof.

5. How do you handle refuse?

Roofing is messy, and you don’t want a yard littered with shingles and nails. Make sure the roofing company brings a container to take care of the refuse materials.

Remember, doing your research is vital before hiring a roofing contractor. Take these questions with you and get the answers, and soon you’ll know which roofer is the right one for the job.

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