Hiring a roofing contractor is a significant decision, as your roof is an integral part of your home’s structure. The wrong choice can lead to poor workmanship, delayed timelines, or hidden costs. Here are some key questions to ask potential roofing contractors.
What Are Your Experience and Qualifications?
Experience matters. Ask about the contractor’s background in roof repair and installation. Make sure they have the right qualifications and certifications to handle the job. The answer will give you insights into their expertise.
How Long Have You Been in Business?
Longevity in the business usually translates to a track record of quality work. Be cautious of contractors who are new to the industry unless they come highly recommended and can show proof of quality work.
What Type of Roofing Materials Do You Recommend?
Different buildings and locations may require specific roofing materials. From asphalt shingles to metal roofing, contractors should be able to recommend the best option for your particular situation.
Will You Provide a Detailed Estimate?
Transparency is important. Make sure the contractor provides you with a detailed estimate outlining the cost for materials, permits, labor, and any contingencies. This can help you avoid any surprises when the final bill is presented.
What are the Payment Terms?
Payment terms can vary from one contractor to another. Some may require a down payment, while others may offer financing options. It’s important to understand and agree on the payment structure before the project begins.
Are There any Warranties, and How Long Will My New Roof Last?
Warranties can be somewhat indicative of, but they’re not a guarantee. Ask about the warranties offered and what they cover. Remember, even a long-term warranty is only as good as the company backing it up. quality
Can a Secondary Water Barrier Be Installed?
In some climates, it’s advisable to have a secondary water barrier under the roofing material. Ask if this option is advisable or available and find out if it’s recommended for your area.
Choosing a roofing contractor can be a daunting task, but by asking these questions you not only vet potential contractors but also prepare yourself for a smoother, more predictable roofing experience. Your home is a valuable asset, so make sure it’s in safe hands by hiring the right roofing contractor.
Call in the Pros
When it’s time for you to hire a roofing contractor, you can turn to the experts here at Gresham Roofing? We are a third generation, family-owned company that has proudly served the Portland Metro, Vancouver, Salem, and Oregon Coast areas, including PDX, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, and Camas since 1968. With over 50 years of expertise, we offer a comprehensive range of roofing services to both residential and commercial customers. We offer maintenance, repairs, and 24-hour emergency services to keep your roof in optimal condition. Our experienced team is committed to delivering quality and value, making us your go-to for any and all roofing needs. As a manufacturer-approved installer for major brands, all or our installations come with a full warranty.