The integrity of your roof is fundamental to the quality of your overall home. For that reason, hiring a roofing contractor should not be taken lightly. The most important questions to ask your roofing contractor are all very specific to your home. Before you can know what to ask you need to get a clear idea of what you are working with. Use all of your means to figure out what condition your roof is currently in. If you are not afraid of heights and the weather permits, go up there yourself. If that is not an option for you, check satellite images of your home. You should be looking for dark spots on your roof, which can indicate areas of wear. Check gutters for areas where more than the normal amount of debris gathers. Pay attention to the sides and edges of the roof where trauma can occur. Be sure to investigate any protrusions your roof has such as skylights or chimneys, as your roofing contractor will be dealing closely with them. Take careful notes on your findings.

Once you have an idea of what is going on with your particular roof, here are the topics you need to discuss:

1.The Contractor. Many roofing contractors enter the field with tons of work experience but little actual training. This can mean that they do not have the licenses and qualifications to be an actual contractor. It is wise to begin the process of finding a roofing contractor by making sure that you are working with someone who is certified and accredited, if need be. Some contractors may not like being asked too many questions. These are contractors who should not be dealt with. Save yourself the hassle and find someone who is worth your time and money. Once you have established that they are reputable and certified, it is a good idea to discuss who will actually be doing the work. Are there subcontractors hired? What experience does the crew have? 

2.The Job. Now you need to discuss your roof specifically. When will this job be started? What is the exact amount that will be required? When will payment be due? What is the contingency plan if the job is not done to your satisfaction? Be sure that you understand what you are signing up for before you agree to anything.

3.The Plan. The final and potentially most important topic to discuss with your contractor is the plan for your roof. Many homeowners have been surprised by the logistics of their roof replacement. How will the contractors gain access to the roof? How will your home, driveway, windows, landscaping, etc. be protected during the job? Will there be a dumpster on site? What is the plan for bad weather? Do not be afraid to ask questions in order to make sure that the job is done to your satisfaction.

Contact a company, like Shamrock Roofing Services, for more assistance.

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