If you’re about to undertake a roofing project, knowing how to handle the contractor conversation is key to pulling it off successfully. You need to know what you’re looking for, what questions to ask, and how to spot the best company for the job. And considering our years of experience here at Pro Roofers LLC, we’ve put together a list of 5 questions to ask when you’re choosing a roofing contractor. Make sure you keep them in mind when meeting with the contractors in your area. 

1. Are you a local business? 

This is especially important when you’re thinking about a residential roofing project. A local business will know the area more than any outsider company, and will be able to assess your roofing needs much more clearly. A local roofer will understand the weather patterns. 

After all, you wouldn’t want the false sense of security; believing the roof can hold up against temperamental weather in the area when a non-local company has used a cheaper, less durable material to complete the project is a total no-go. 

2. What jobs have you done nearby? 

This is good for checking out how much work the roofer has done in the area; it helps you to establish how much they know about where you live, and what your roofing needs are. Similarly, if there are any projects nearby, you can head over to check them out. 

For example, you can visit a nearby property that had siding redone by the company. This can inform you about the way the contractors behave on site, and how well they take care of a property as a whole. 

3. What are your safety procedures? 

This is incredibly important for your own peace of mind. You want to know that your family is going to be kept safe while work goes on, and if you’re undergoing a commercial roofing project, you’ll need to know the procedure for your own insurance. For the letter, you’ll certainly need to know if employees are still safe to come into work in person during the work period. 

4. How much experience and training does your team have? 

If you want to be sure you’re working with someone who knows what they’re doing, enquire after their experience and training procedures. You want to be sure the team that carries out work on your property knows the job inside and out, and will be able to conform to any and all health and safety regulations in your area. 

5. When can you get started/how long will you take? 

Finally, be sure to ask about their scheduling technique. When can they get started? What’s stopping them from getting to work sooner? How likely are delays? And of course, how long will the project actually take? Knowing your roofing timeframe is essential for keeping your budget safe. 

In short, if you want to hire a roofing contractor, put them through their paces before taking them on for your project; try to get all details in writing as well.

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