3 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Roofing Contractor

If your home is suffering a leak or other damage to its roof, it may be tempting to hire the first roofing contractor that makes an offer. But fixing a roof is no small job, and something you should only have to do once. Even in an emergency, it pays to do your research. If you don't know where to start, take a look below at just a few questions you should ask before hiring a roofing contractor -- your home and your wallet will thank you.

Can you provide me with some references?

The best indicator of the kind of work a contractor will perform on your house is work they've done in the past. Any reliable, established contractor will have no problem providing you with local references, preferably of people who have had work done on their homes similar to what you envision for yours. Take an afternoon to contact the references provided, and ask them if they've been satisfied with the contractor's work. If possible, drive out to the homes in question and take a look for yourself at the finished product to get a better sense of how your roof will hold up in the future.

How do you pay subcontractors?

There's nothing inherently wrong with subcontracting work -- many established contractors who have a large client base are bound to contract work out -- but it does come with some possible compromises of which you should be aware. Most importantly, many subcontractors are paid on a per-job basis, meaning they may choose to work as quickly as possible without much regard to quality. Ask your contractor exactly who will be working on your roof, and if it's a subcontractor, how they're being paid.

Can I have a copy of your license and insurance certificate?

In many states, contractors are required to be licensed. But even in places without a requirement, you'll want to obtain a copy of a contractor's license. With this copy, you can verify online that they are in fact a licensed contractor, and that they have general liability coverage, as well as worker's compensation for all their employees. A copy of a contractor's insurance certificate will also provide you with proof that all of the employees and subcontractors who may work on the roof are properly insured. This is also a good way to prevent extended litigation in the event of worker injury. To find out more, speak with a business like Independent Roofing Inc.