3 Important Questions To Ask A Pontential Roofing Contractor

Posted on: 3 November 2014

Having a new roof put on your house is a serious undertaking. For that reason, it is important to ensure that the contractor you are hiring to complete the job is the best possible candidate. Yet many people struggle with what to ask during the interview process. If your roof is in need of work, read on. This article will present three important questions to ask a potential roofing contractor. 

1. Will you strip off the old shingles?

Many people make the mistake of assuming that their roofing contractor will remove old shingles, only to find out the hard way when the project begins that this isn't the case. Alternately, some contractors will hire subcontractors to perform this work--often at an increased cost to you.

For those reasons, it is important to get a straight answer about whether a contractor is willing to attend to this task themselves--and just how much it is going to cost you. Be sure to also ask about their policy on removing any flashings or vents that may need to be replaced. 

2. Can you provide copies of your up-to-date insurance policies?

Nothing could be more important than verifying that a roofing contractor has proper insurance coverage for all of their workers. Be sure to ask for verification of both their general liability insurance, as well as their workers compensation insurance. A reliable, professional contractor should be perfectly happy providing you with these documents.

It is important to realize that, although these insurance policies cover the contractor's employees, they may not cover everybody who ends up working on your roof. For instance, very rarely do such insurance policies extend to sub-contractors. Therefore it is vital you make it clear to your contractor that you will have to see relevant insurance documentation for any sub-contractors who will be working on your property.

3. Will you install copper-containing asphalt shingles?

Unfortunately, not all roofing shingles are created the same. Most asphalt shingles currently on the market contain a mineral substance known as calcium carbonate. This substance is the food of choice for a species of roof algae that can cause unsightly discolorations on the surface of your roof.

Luckily, there's an easy solution to this problem: using shingles that contain embedded granules of copper. Copper, you see, is lethal to roof algae, and will prevent its growth completely.

So when you're interviewing potential roofing contractors, make sure to communicate that you want this type of shingle to be used on your roof. Otherwise, a contractor may try to put in the lowest bid by using poor quality shingles.

Bottom Line

Hiring a competent roofing contractor will save you an incredible amount of stress. In order to ensure that you end up with the best candidate for the job, however, it is important you ask the right questions. By following the tips outlined above, you will help to make your next roofing project a success. For more information, contact a local roofing company, like Alf's Roofing Ltd.