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Four Things to Consider When Hiring a Roofer

by Ryan Wright

Maintaining your home involves many things, and the roof is one that should not be overlooked. In some parts of the country, the materials used on your roof may be very unique and require special tools to properly install them. In cases like this, it is best to seek the help of a professional roofing contractor to do the work for you. Be sure to do some research before you hire a contractor so you get the best one for your job.

Is the Roofer Licensed In Your State?

While not every state requires it, hiring a roofer that is licensed is a good way to get a professional that will do good work.  A licensed contractor or roofer will know the codes in the area and work within them. Even if your area does not require the license, you may not want to work with a roofer that has not taken the steps required for licensing. If licensing is required, working without a license is illegal and could cause legal issues for you as well as for the contractor.

What Is Included in the Price?

Knowing what the contractor or roofer is including in the job will help you avoid surprises when the bill comes. Knowing whether the contractor will remove the old materials, strip off the old roofing, or provide a roll-off container on site for debris are all important points. Ask a lot of questions so you have all the facts before the work starts.

Have They Worked on Your Type of Roof Before?

It is important to know whether the roofer has worked with the materials and tools required for your roof, especially if it is unique or uses special materials. A roofer that has put on hundreds of asphalt roofs but never worked with tile roofing might not be the best choice for your tile or slate roof. Even if a contractor have the required knowledge, they may not have the tools, so be sure to ask before you award them the job.

What Are Their References Like?

Experienced roofing companies will have references from other people they have worked with. If they don't, you may not want to consider them. Ask for some references and call them to see whether they have been happy with the work they have received from the contractor or roofer you are considering. Ask what was provided and included and whether the work was all completed in a timely manner and within the budget set. This is a great way to find out whether you really want to work with this roofer or not.