Roofers are people who will lay or fix your roof or repair them in the event of damage. Ideally one will need roofers when they are constructing a new home or perhaps repairing their roof either in the process of renovating their home or repairing some breakage. The process of hiring a roofer is not exactly an easy one and one needs to be aware of certain things before they hire a roofer. This is important because hiring the right person for the job guarantees the job gets done well and also according to your satisfaction. Also, you do not want to hire a wrong roofer and then have your budget or planning go haywire. Now that you understand how important it is to find the right roofers, let us begin with the questions we need to ask when interviewing prospective roofers or roofing companies.
The very first thing you need to check for in a prospective roofer is whether he has the required roofing license, roofing liability and insurance. These are the basic prerequisites and while every state will have their own set of requirements in terms of roofing licenses it is still mandatory that a person have a roofing license to work as a roofer. Such a roofing license will give you the peace of mind and the confidence that this person is a professional in this particular line of work. Similarly, a roofing liability and insurance will protect you from any claims made as a result of any injury or even damage to property and even cover for any mishaps or accidents. In the event you are talking to a local roofing company then in addition ask for such details like the hours of work, time to completion, their prices, etc. and based on the responses you can decide whether the company is professional and whether you want to do business with them or not. You can also call up a few of the roofing companies in your area and make a note of all these details and then go with the best fit.
Here is what you need to consider when selecting roofers or a roofing company:
1. Experience – Past experience as a roofer is essential as this will ensure your job gets done to your satisfaction in the hands of a professional.
2. Portfolio – This will give you a fair idea of what the roofer is capable of and a list of references will ensure the roofer has done a good job previously.
3. Price Quoted – Compare the price quotes of various roofers and roofing companies. This will give you a fair idea of the current market prices and also help you weed out those who quote exorbitant rates.
4. Relevant Knowledge – While you may know nothing about roofing you can still Google around for some general information and then use it to check how knowledgeable you prospective roofer is. This will help you identify and hire someone who is knowledgeable about the latest techniques, technology, materials, etc.
Doing the above will ensure you will have done your background check right before hiring any roofers and also will help you keep a tab on the work being done on your roof.