Your home’s roof and siding represent the ultimate line of protection of your home. Thanks to high-quality roofing and siding, you can enjoy a comfortable indoor environment and a more efficient building. However, over time, your home’s roof and siding can start showing signs of wear and tear.
In this case, finding the right contractor to help you with your replacement, maintenance, and repair is essential. But with so many choices of contractors out there, it can be hard to find the right contractor for the job. If you have started to feel overwhelmed, use the questions below to find a trustworthy, reliable, and capable contractor for your residential roofing and siding project.
Are You Fully Covered by an Insurance Policy?
During the construction project, safety must always come first. If you have a shortlist of contractors to choose from, consider asking them to show you proof of their insurance coverage. After all, if, during the project, damages to people and buildings are reported, you wouldn’t want to deal with the liability that comes with them!
While the insurance coverage they need will vary depending on the tasks they’ll complete, you should make sure that your contractor has at least General Liability Insurance and Workers Compensation Insurance. These policies are the basic ones needed to protect your property and any employee involved in the construction process.
How Long Have You Been Operating?
Many property owners completely forget to ask their contractors about the kind of experience they have in the field – especially if a company has been referred to them by friends and family members. However, in this field, experience can truly make a difference. Asking how long a company has been in business means you can be assured that they have the experience necessary to create long-lasting results.
Do You Have References or a Portfolio of Your Work?
Whether you are about to start a residential or commercial roofing project, you should ask to see and review a contractor’s portfolio and references. If you cannot find these on their website, make sure to ask them directly. This step is important to set and adjust your expectations and learn if that contractor’s style is what you are looking for for your project.
Is Your Work Protected by a Workmanship Warranty?
If you are hiring a roofing and siding contractor, that is because you don’t have the experience, licence, and skills necessary to complete the job by yourself. This means that, while the result might look great at first, you might not be able to assess its quality. Luckily, you don’t have to!
Warranties and guarantees exist for your peace of mind. All you need to do is make sure that your contractor provides the right ones. There are two types of warranties that you should ask for:
- Manufacturer’s warranty – this covers for defects of materials and supplies installed
- The contractor’s workmanship warranty – this will cover the work performed
In both cases, your first point of contact will be your contractor, so ask to see both types of warranties!
What Accreditations Do You Have?
Accreditations and credentials are a great way to know what standards the company performs. For example, most contractors are awarded by one or more supply manufacturers as preferred or accredited contractors. You might be able to find out more about these credentials on a company’s website. However, you can also ask your contractor for their accreditations they have and then check them out online!
Are You Compliant With Local Licences and Building Codes?
Whether you are hiring a roofing or siding contractor, they will need to be compliant with all the local regulations and building codes. A great way to ensure that your contractor is qualified and experienced is to check with the appropriate local authorities. Ask them what types of licences a contractor in your state should carry, and then confirm these licences with the contractor you have shortlisted.
Can You Provide Me With Timelines and Estimates?
A successful roofing or siding project is completed within your budget and estimated timelines. However, it is not uncommon for homeowners to deal with contractors who often run behind schedule and ask for higher fees than were originally estimated.
Before starting your roofing or siding project, get in touch with your shortlisted contractor and ask the team if you will be provided with accurate timelines and estimates. Then, check that contractor’s reviews to know what to expect from their work ethics.
Get In Touch With ProRoofers
Here at ProRoofers, we have years of experience as roofing and siding contractors. On our website, you can learn all about our values, licences, insurance, portfolio, and reviews. Get in touch today to book your free inspection and ask us all the questions you have!