Ask These Questions Before Choosing A Roofing Contractor

How can you choose the just-right roofing contractor? Whether your roof has a few missing shingles or you need to schedule a complete replacement, take a look at the questions that can help you to select the perfect professional for the job.

Do You Make Small Repairs?

Most contractors provide a wide range of services — from minor to major. If your roof is in near-pristine shape, you need a company that offers smaller-scale services. These could include shingle replacement, flashing repair/replacement, cleaning, or gutter repair.

What Types of Materials Do You Sell and Install?

All roofing materials are not the same. Before you choose a contractor, you need to know if they can replace shingles with the same material or sell and install the type of roof you want for your next home improvement project.  

Along with the specific type of shingle or roofing material, ask the contractor about sizes, shapes, and colors. Asphalt shingles are available in an array of hues, such as red, brown, gray, or green. If you need to replace half a dozen gray asphalt shingles or have your heart set on a green-hued roof, but the company only carries red and brown, continue your contractor search.

Do You Have Immediate Appointment Availability?

This question isn't crucial for homeowners who have future projects planned for later in the year. But if your roof requires an emergency repair or you have a tight timeline for a full roof replacement, you need to know if the contractor can accommodate your schedule.

Ask the roofer about the availability of service appointments and the time frame for ordering materials. It's possible they may have an immediate opening — but may not have the shingles your home needs. This means you may need to wait for a later service date. If the contractor does need to order your roofing materials, make sure they can schedule your appointment as soon as the shingles or other items arrive.

Will You Remove the Old Roof?

Does your home need a complete roof replacement? If you answered yes, the roofer should also be able to remove the old roof. Some contractors will shingle over an existing roof. However, this second layer is a temporary fix that won't reverse or repair underlying deck damage, rot, or warping. The result is a roof that may leak or fail prematurely. To correctly replace your roof, the contractor should remove the shingles and replace any damaged areas underneath it.

Along with these questions, make a list of your own individual concerns. A quality contractor should address these issues thoroughly. Contact a roofing company for more information.