Answering Your Questions About Roofing

3 Important Questions To Ask When Hiring A Company To Install Your New Roof

by Donald Evans

When choosing a roof installation company to work with, it's a good idea to consult with several prospective providers so you can compare your options and ensure that you're getting the most bang for your buck. Here are a few questions to ask during your consultations that should help you make the right hiring decision when all is said and done:

How Long Are Warranties And Guarantees Good For?

More than likely, any materials and labor provided by prospective roofing companies will be covered under some type of warranty and may even come with a guarantee—but you can't assume that all the offerings are created equal. It's important to have each service provider you consult with furnish you with lists of warranties that are applicable to every piece of material that will be used in your project so you can compare them side-by-side and determine which company is likely to provide you with the most protection throughout the years. You should get guarantee policies for labor put into writing so they can be compared too.

Who Will Be Working On All Aspects Of The Project?

It's also important to find out who exactly will be working on every aspect of your roof installation project when meeting with potential service providers. Who will be working on the plans, who will order the materials, and who will do the actual installation? Ask each company you consider hiring to give you a list of employees who will play a part in completing your project, along with corresponding education, experience, and references so you know exactly what to expect as your project progresses. If possible, meet with the key employees of each prospective company who will focus on your installation before deciding which to hire.  

What About Maintenance And Touch-ups?

While not a requirement, it is convenient to do business with a roofing installation company that is willing to provide ongoing maintenance and touch-ups in the years after your new roof has been installed. Make sure that the company you decide to hire is willing to show up once a year to inspect the roof, make adjustments where necessary, and clean things up. They should also be able to do repairs and make replacements to damaged areas throughout the years so you don't have to worry about bringing in any third-party providers who may not know as much about your roof.

Include these questions with a list of important ones you personally have and use the list as an outline when meeting with each potential service provider to ensure that nothing important is overlooked.