Just like any other contractor, roofers come in all shapes and sizes. Some are reputable and qualified, while others may be less so. If you’re in the market for a new roof, it’s important to take the time to find a good roofing company to do the job.
Here are five questions to ask to help you avoid hiring a bad roofing company.
1) Do you install DRIP EDGE?
It is important that a quality roofing contractor installs DRIP EDGE on every roof they do. Drip edge is a metal flashing that goes along the edges of your roof. It helps to direct water away from your home and into your gutters. It is also a code requirement in the state of Georgia and must be installed on every roof replacement. This is one of the roof components you can actually see after the roof has been replaced.
2) Is FLASHING, TRIM, or SIDING addressed?
It is important that your contractor addresses FLASHING, TRIM, or SIDING when they are working on your roof. These are all areas that can be vulnerable to water damage and should be properly sealed to prevent any issues.
The pricing for each additional change order must be detailed and documented before work is to be completed. Many roofing companies will have a significantly lower price to get the homeowner to sign a contract and then have large change orders as the work begins, resulting in higher prices for the homeowner.
3) How much does it cost to replace DECKING?
Decking is the wooden surface that your shingles are attached to. If it is damaged, it will need to be replaced. Be sure to ask your contractor how much they charge for this service. The pricing must be laid out in the contract before work is to begin.
4) Will the COLOR of the shingles MATCH?
If you are having your roof replaced, you will want to make sure that the new shingles match throughout the entirety of your home. Most of the time, the colors appear to match initially. However, after rain or over a few months it may become apparent that the color lot of shingles does not match.
This is not only unsightly but also reduces the value of your home. Roofing distributors often guarantee the color match of every shingle order being delivered to a job site. A poor roofing contractor typically does not have a good relationship with the roofing distributor, and thus cannot guarantee the shingle color match.
5) Do you offer a MANUFACTURERS WARRANTY?
Most roofing manufacturers offer warranties on their products. Be sure to ask your contractor if they offer this type of warranty. This can give you peace of mind knowing that your investment is protected. The roofing company must install a complete roof system in order for you, the homeowner, to receive the warranty. This involves 6 or 7 components to be installed per the manufacturer’s requirements. The roofing company must also register that warranty for you.
A Reputable Roofing Company Will Answer All Your Questions
Hiring a roofing company is a big decision. Be sure to do your research and ask the right questions before making a final decision. If you’re talking to a contractor who avoids your questions or ever demands a large sum of cash upfront, don’t work with them.
A trustworthy roofing contractor like DeLaurier Roofing will never have an issue answering your questions in detail and providing proof of licensure and insurance.
Reach out today with any questions you may have!