Before you hire that Roofing Contractor in Denver…Common sense dictates that you should never hire someone without first learning about his or her experience and how they work. When it comes to roofing contractors, it is all the more important to do your research and find the right person for the job. Roofs last longest when they are installed correctly, and if you live in Denver, a roof installed with quality and care is all the more important because of the harsh weather this area faces every year.
So to help you find a great Denver roofing contractor, here are 10 questions to ask:
1. Are you licensed to do roofing work?
No contractor should work on your roof if they are not licensed to do so. Be sure to ask potential roofing contractors if they are licensed not only to do roofing work in general, but if they are licensed in Colorado. Keep in mind that licenses from other states don’t always make someone authorized to do the same job in Colorado.
2. Are you able to help me get the right permits for this job?
Nearly all contracting jobs require local permits (for safety purposes). It is possible to get these yourself, but the process can go a lot smoother with contractors involved. After all, they know far more about the project than you do and will know the specifics of the permits required.
3. Do you have insurance?
This is a really important question, because accidents can happen even with the safest and most experienced roofers. The last thing you want is for an uninsured roofing contractor to get injured on your property. So, be sure to ask if they have general liability insurance. Along with this, you will also want to ask who the project supervisor will be, as well as how many people (if it will be more than one person) will be working on your roof.
4. How many years of experience as a roofing contractor do you have, and have you worked on a project like mine before?
Always find out how long roofing contractors have been in the field before hiring them. Additionally, not all roofing projects are the same, so be sure to ask just how much experience they have with a roof your size and the kind of project you have (roof replacement, repairs, shingle removal, etc.) You will of course also want to ask if they have used the materials your roof is made of before. After all, a roofer could be highly experienced with asphalt roofing, but have done little to no work with metal.
5. What kind of warranty, if any, will come with my roof?
This is an excellent question to ask a roofing contractor. Many roofers will tell you that they do offer warranties, but if they do, be sure to ask details. Roofing materials may come with lifetime warranties. But if you don’t ask specifics now, you could be in for an unpleasant surprise later on when you find out that this warranty only covers things like replacing defective shingles and does not cover labor costs. What you should look for is a roofer that offers a fully warranty that includes underlayment and labor costs. Only 10 percent of roofing contractors actually are certified to provide this, but they exist nevertheless.
6. How long is this roof repair project going to take?
Never hire a roofing contractor for a job without first getting a good estimate for the time frame of the project. Ask when they are able to start and of course, when they anticipate completion will be. Unforeseen circumstances can (and do) come up and weather can also cause delays. Because of this, you should also ask what the roofer plans to do in those circumstances.
7. Do you require a contract to be signed prior to starting our roof replacement project?
Not all roofers will do this, but as a client you should know that having everything down in a written agreement (signed by both of you) before any work is done can help prevent problems later on. Both of you should have a copy.
8. Have you done roof replacement work in the area before, and do you have any local references?
This goes back to question 4, since it is another way to gauge the experience of the roofing contractor. Good roofers with experience should have happy previous clients in the Denver area, perhaps even in your neighborhood (on that note, ask if they have any repeat clients, as this is always a good sign). Checking out their reviews online is always helpful, but you may also want to ask for references you can talk to personally.
9. What suppliers do you use for roofing projects?
As the saying goes, a workman is only as good as his tools. Be sure to ask the roofing contractors what supplies they will be using for the job, and if they have a list of their regular products and suppliers, even better. You can even check out reviews of these products and supplies online if the contractor mentions specific brands.
10. Do you do roof design yourself, or do you have connections with an architect?
You’ll mainly need this question if you are building a new roof or replacing an old one entirely. It is important to ask because it’s one thing to work on a roof, but it’s another to be able to make that roof aesthetically pleasing. Besides, having a roofer who is able to design the roof or has connections with an architect will help save you from finding one yourself. In addition to asking these questions, you should also go online and read reviews of the roofing contractor’s work. If anyone you know in the Denver area has had roof work done, it’s also a good idea to ask them about the contractor they used. If you find yourself torn between roofers in the end, always go with your gut.