Before you let a roofing company loose onto your roof, you need to check they're up to the job. Here are the questions you need to ask.

Did you know that a damaged roof can really hike up your energy bills? Roof issues are easy to ignore, but the longer you leave them, the more the potential cost starts to add up.

If you’re looking to have your roof repaired or replaced, it can be difficult to know which roofing company to bring in for the job. We’ve put together 5 questions that you can ask that will help you make the decision.

1. What Experience Do You Have?

When you ask a potential contractor these types of questions, it can be easy to feel like you’re being rude. But rest assured, most contractors are used to questions like “how experienced are you?”, and if they’re not, then chances are they’re not very experienced!

While it’s not necessarily a bad thing to hire a less-experienced company, the peace of mind you’ll get from a company well-versed in roofing is valuable.

2. Are you Licensed and Insured?

The absolute last thing you want is to discover that the company you have hired isn’t insured, especially in the unfortunate instance of something going wrong.

Competent roofing contractors will hold public liability insurance, which covers them in the case of an accident. 

It’s also worth checking if the contractor is licensed. Different states have different rules when it comes to licensing, and checking this is a great way to ensure that your contractor is legitimate and above-board.

3. What Warranty Do You Offer?

You’d never buy a car or an appliance without making sure there’s a warranty.

Warranties give you an assurance that the work done is of a sufficient standard, so if a company doesn’t offer one, it’s a huge red flag. A warranty for a roof should last at least 10 years, although most are around 20.

4. What Do You Do With Waste?

It’s all well and good getting a nice new roof or quality repair, but what about the old roof tiles and materials?

Some roofers may not include cleanup as part of the contract unless they’re specifically asked, so check ahead whether or not they dispose of their waste and materials.

5. How Big a Deposit Do You Require?

One of the biggest factors that affect which roofing contractor you employ is the costs and fees.

It’s never a good idea to pay the full amount upfront—a deposit gives you an assurance that the work will be done while withholding the remainder will make sure it’s done on time and to a satisfactory standard.

Find a Roofing Company You Trust

Using the questions we’ve outlined in this article, you should be able to find a roofing company that you can put your faith in to get the job done.

Don’t be afraid to ask these questions—you may end up regretting it if you don’t!

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