Hiring a Roofing Contractor Checklist: 9 Questions to Make Sure They’ll Get the Job Done Right

Posted on: April 30, 2020

If you’re in the market for a new roof, you’re probably asking yourself, “what can I do to find the best contractor?”

That’s a valid question and one that we hear all the time. At WISA, we’re not afraid of the hard questions and will welcome them if it means that we’re able to deliver better for our customers.

That’s why we’re writing this post today and are excited to have you read it! There are some questions that you can ask to make sure you hire a roofing contractor that gets the job done right.

Here’s our roofing contractor checklist. We hope that you find it useful and that you’re able to hire the right roofing contractor for your project successfully. As always, if you’re in the area, we’d love to hear from you and deliver you a quote. Reach out to us for a free consultation.

1. Has the Company Been in Business for at Least 5 Years?

Every company has it starts. Some start well and can become reputable quickly. Others have a bit of a slow start.

The contractor you hire must have experience as a contractor and a reputation. Look for reviews on Google, Angie’s List, or other places where you can hear real people’s opinions of how well a job was done. A reputable contractor is always more likely to do a good job.

2. Does the Company that Carries General Liability Insurance?

Insurance is crucial for most businesses to carry. But, what happens if a contractor doesn’t carry insurance and something happens to your home during the project?

Unfortunately, that can fall on you as the homeowner. Check with your contractor to make sure they carry the right amount of general liability insurance.

3. Do They Use Subcontractors?

Some contractors will bid a job and then pay subcontractors to complete the work. When contractors do this, they’re just making it harder for homeowners to keep track of who is working on their house.

Find a contractor that works with their employees. You’ll be surprised by how much more reliable a slightly larger company can be.

4. Is the Company Local?

In the event of bad weather that causes widespread damage to many homes, companies from all over will come looking for work. These “storm chasers” are looking to make a quick buck, often at the homeowner’s expense. Make sure to check out our list of ways to spot a storm chaser.

Local companies are often involved in the community and have a reputation to uphold.

5. Will They Protect the House During the Roofing Project?

There is plenty that can happen during a roofing project, from tearing off the old roof to using heavy equipment or climbing up and down ladders near windows.

Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor what they’re going to do to protect your home from the construction project going on around it.

6. Is there a Workmanship Warranty?

At WISA, we offer you the WISA Pledge whenever we take on a job. It’s our priority to put you first and make sure that the work we do will last. Our 10-year workmanship covers everything short of an act of God. We’ll be there to make it right if something goes wrong, and your contractor should be too.

7. Is there a Written Estimate?

Signing a written estimate allows you to be sure that there won’t be any last-minute changes in the cost of your project. Construction workers can be sneaky at times, and it’s easy to get roped into paying way more than you need to.

By finding a roofing contractor that will provide you a roofing estimate, you can be sure that they’re not out to pull any fast ones on you.

8. Will They Protect the Roof During the Project?

Earlier, we talked about the importance of making sure your home is protected during a roofing project, but what about protecting your roof during the roofing project?

Sometimes you won’t need to replace the entirety of your roof, and instead, your contractor might suggest patching the roof or just replacing a section that is damaged. Be sure that your contractor has a plan to protect the rest of the roof from damage during the project.

9. Do They Put Their Customers First?

Putting customers first can seem like a thing of the past for some people. But we genuinely believe that putting customers first separates good companies from great companies.

You deserve to be treated with respect, and you deserve to work with a company that genuinely wants your business.

If you’ve been reading over this list and aren’t sure where to start looking for a contractor that fits all of these criteria, look no further. We’d love it if you’d consider working with WISA for your next roofing project.

We offer a 10-year workmanship and product warranty. We stand behind the work that we accomplish. Reach out to us today to schedule a free consultation.

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