As your home’s first line of defense against the elements, it’s important that this protective barrier be well maintained and of the highest quality. Look for the following traits when hiring a roofer for roof repairs or installations.
Seek a roofer who listens to your concerns, understands your budget and clearly explains what your roof requires. You want to have the necessary information to make informed decisions regarding your roof repair. Also, an experienced roofer will know how to work with insurance claims and payouts.
A professional roofer should give you the pros and cons of a variety of roofing types, such as metal roofs, asphalt roofs, tile roofs and shingle roofs. A good roofer will be able to explain why a particular type of roofing material will work best on your house or apartment building.
House and commercial roofs have their own special requirements that vary from building to building. Hire a roofing contractor who has expertise with residential, apartments or commercial buildings. Ask how many homes or buildings of the type you have they have worked on.
It’s important to protect yourself and the roofing contractor by making sure that he or she has the proper licenses and insurance. The contractor may insist that he’s never had an accident, but if he’s uninsured and falls from your roof, his fall becomes your responsibility. That can be very expensive, even if you have homeowners insurance. Ask to see the roofer’s general liability and workers’ compensation insurance before the contract is signed.
A warranty indicates that the roofer will stand behind the work. Obtain a written warranty that clearly indicates what is covered and for how long. Be sure to understand how long the warranty is for the roofing materials and for the labor. Also, discuss whether this warranty covers work after a windstorm.
Choose a roofer with a proven track record, who understands the entire business from roof construction to proper permitting. If you decide to go with someone who is relatively new to the roofing industry, make it an individual who received legitimate training and studied under a pro.
Following these tips when hiring roofers will help ensure that your roof keeps you protected from Mother Nature.
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