How To Know Your Roofer Is Legitimate
Spring in Oklahoma is notorious for producing strong winds, hail, rain, and other unfavorable conditions which can wreak havoc on your roof. If you’ve noticed damage and plan to hire a roofer for repairs, there are some important details about that roofer you’re going to want to know!
To make sure you’re hiring a legitimate roofer and not just some out-of-towner looking to make a quick buck, consider asking these 10 important questions:
1.) Are you licensed? Never hire an unlicensed “professional” as you can’t guarantee their work and make sure that if they have a license that it is up-to-date.
2.) Do you have insurance? The answer you’re looking for is that they have workman’s comp insurance so that they don’t cause you trouble if they were to get injured on your property. They should also have their own general liability insurance to cover your property from any mishaps they may accidentally cause.
3.) Will you remove my old roof? Believe it or not there are those roofers who will put new shingles right over your current roof which is not only as ridiculous as it sounds, but it can cause even more problems, later. You need a roofer willing to remove the old roof.
4.) Will you install drip edge or edge metal when you install the new roof? This metal protects the wood on your roof by extending past the roof and allowing water to flow into, rather than behind, the gutters.
5.) Do you bring a container for waste material and if so where will you put it? You don’t want to be stuck cleaning up a mess of old shingles by yourself. The roofer or company should bring a container or truck to haul the waste. If they want to park in your driveway ask them what they will do if their truck or container causes your driveway to crack.
6.) What happens if inclement weather rolls in during the job? You want to know the roofer will take caution and cover cover the roof with protective tarps or plastic covers.
7.) Do you have a local phone number I can reach you at? If the roofer you’re trying to hire won’t let you call them if something goes wrong, then don’t hire them! You need to know that after the work is completed, you can still reach that roofer if need be.
8.) What is the warranty on my new roof? Don’t accept a new roof that doesn’t come along with a minimum warranty of 25 years.
9.) What will the price of replacement plywood be? If your roofer finds rotten or soft roof decking, they’ll need to replace it before putting new shingles on. You’ll want to know the cost of this repair up front so that you’re not blindsided by unfair pricing at the end of the job.
10.) Is there going to be someone on site with whom I can communicate? You want to know there is a project manager on site with whom you can communicate your concerns, should there be any.
When the storms hit, roofing in Oklahoma turns into a game of chance for a lot of people. We hope you found this list of questions to ask your roofer helpful to ensure that you get treated fairly while having your roofing needs met.
If you need a roofer, consider one of these trusted sources:
1.) Company Name: USA Roofing
Contact Name: Randy Judd
Phone Number: 580-242-8996
2.) Company Name: Pioneer Construction & Insulation
Contact Name: Lindell Newman
Phone Number: 580-234-8610
3.) Company Name: Van De Steeg Roofing
Contact Name: Greg Wells
Phone Number: 405-755-7500