The initial consultation you have with a prospective roofing contractor is a critical event. It’s important that you come prepared to this meeting and ask the right questions to properly vet your contractor.
Here are some key questions you should ask your roofing contractor during this meeting:
What’s Your Legal Business Name?
Asking this question is the easiest way to avoid scams. It’s not a good sign if a contractor sounds hesitant or unclear with their answer. Once they’ve provided the name, look it up in state and federal directories to verify its existence. If their name doesn’t show up, then cross them off your list.
Will You Do a Layover or a Full Roof Replacement?
Another essential question to ask a roofer during a consultation is how they will perform the roof replacement. In a roofing layover, installers nail new shingles directly over the old ones. This method isn’t a good option because it only conceals problems without actually addressing them. Also, the added weight of the new shingles can compromise the structural integrity of your home. A full roof replacement involves completely tearing off the old material, allowing roofers to fix hidden problems underneath the shingles before installing the new roof.
Who Will be On My Property During the Project?
Larger roofing companies usually have a project manager who makes sure your roof is being installed according to local codes and manufacturer guidelines. The owner of the company or the manager may also be responsible for this task. Keep in mind that roofing is a complex job and if there’s no one supervising the job, that’s a huge red flag and a sign that you should go with a different company.
At Gresham Roofing and Construction, our team is here to assist with all your residential and commercial roofing needs. Call us at (503) 492-7663 or complete our contact form for a free roof estimate.