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Questions to Ask a Bay Area Roofer Before Hiring

Posted on: November 25, 2014

If your roof is in need of repair, odds are you are looking for a Bay Area roofing specialist to take care of your roofing needs. Before you hire your roofer, remember to ask him or her a few questions to make sure they are capable of getting the job done, the first time around. Here are some of the questions you must ask your roofer:

Are you licensed? No matter what, make sure the answer to this is yes. Many states require roofers to be licensed but all states have different requirements when it comes to codes. The best thing for you to do is to research the code requirements in your area and make sure your Bay Area roofing expert meets them. Remember to only work with those who are licensed, just in case something goes wrong. Don’t forget to make sure the license is up to date.

Do you carry liability insurance? The answer you want to hear is also yes. Liability insurance covers your actual property. This means if the contractor does any damages to your home while trying to repair the roof, you may be responsible for covering the costs of the accident. Make sure you see hard proof that your roofer has liability insurance and that it is up to date.

Do you have workman’s comp insurance? Workman’s comp insurance will cover the workers in the event of an accident on your property. If you hire a Bay Area roofing company that does not have workman’s comp insurance, in the event that an accident happens, you may be in charge of the worker’s medical bills. That’s a risk you do not want to take.

You should also ask your roofer what the warranty of your new roof is. Homeowners should get at least a 25-year warranty. You should also ask your roofer if he or she has a local phone number and address. Make sure you have a phone number to call your roofer in the event that something goes wrong or your roof is damaged before the warranty expires.

When it comes to refuse material, make sure to ask your roofer if he or she is bringing a container for refuse material. You should not have to deal any refuse after the job is complete, and you should not provide your own container. Make sure to also ask where the container will be placed, and then question the answer. What happens if the weight of the container causes your driveway to crack? If not the driveway, where would you place the container instead?

Ask your roofer if he or she will be providing a written estimate. The answer to this should always be yes. Be sure that a complete scope of work is included in that estimate before signing it. It should also include the cost of removing the old roof, adding the new roof, and anything else that could come up in the process, such as rotten plywood that needs to be replaced.

 

Don’t forget to ask your Bay Area Roofing Company how they plan on protecting your gutters, landscape, and structure. And if you’re looking for a company that will take care of your home as well as your roof, call the best Bay Area Roofing company, Yorkshire Roofing.

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