When the roof of your home begins to show signs of aging and wear, it's wise to start thinking about getting an estimate for its replacement. You don't want to leave this task too late, as you'll be at risk of expensive water damage in your attic. A useful approach is to seek out a short list of roofing contractors in your community to get estimates from each. Many companies will send someone to view your home when preparing the roofing estimate. At this time, it's important to ask a series of questions. Beyond questions about price, experience, and insurance, here are three questions you should be sure to ask when you're interviewing different roofing companies to get estimates.
Will You Take Care Of Removing The Debris?
Tearing up an old roof generates a high degree of debris, thanks to hundreds of shingles, countless roofing nails and even old sheeting that needs to be replaced. Because you don't want any surprises on the day of the job, it's important to ensure you're on the same page as the roofing company about who will take care of the debris from the job. You want to partner with a contractor who will gather up everything and leave your yard in pristine condition.
Do You Use Subcontractors For Any Of The Work?
Some contractors use subcontractors for certain parts of the job. While this approach isn't necessarily bad, it's valuable for you to know this fact beforehand -- if you're really happy with the roofing contractor's conscientious approach, the last thing you want is to see a subcontractor show up on the day of the job. If the roofing contractor you're considering does use subcontractors, it adds an extra step of asking about that crew's experience, references and insurance.
What Does Your Warranty Cover?
While you hope that you'll never have to file a warranty claim with the roofing company, this information is nonetheless valuable to discuss before you choose your contractor. It's best to find a roofing contractor that offers a comprehensive warranty that covers both parts and labor. This means that even if there's a future problem with your roof as result of problems with the roofing materials, for example, the work to repair the issue will be covered under the warranty. Avoiding hiring a company whose warranty only covers parts, as you could be saddled with a pricey labor bill if you need future work done.