Are you having trouble narrowing down your list of roofing contractors to hire? If you are, our experts suggest asking each prospective hire a few lesser-known questions. This way, you’ll be able to tell which ones go beyond answering popular, generic inquiries and you’ll have a better idea of how each roofing contractor approaches things.
Can I Ask for Your Business Name?
A legitimate roofing contractor should have the right paperwork as proof that they are legally allowed to operate as a business in your area. Because these documents require the company to have a business name written on them, they should have no issues giving out a business name that you can check with the local BBB.
Do You Work With an In-house Crew?
Some roofing contractors prefer working with a sub-contractor. While this isn’t exactly illegal, it can be difficult to set expectations for them because you don’t know if their previous work was done with the same subcontractors they hired before. Roofers with an in-house crew deliver more consistent results so you may want to narrow down your options to those.
Does the Inspector Need to Check the Roof from Inside?
It’s very important for a roof inspector to have as much info about your roof as possible if they’re to give you the best option to solve your issues. If the contractor says there’s no need to check from inside, it means they’ll have no idea about the condition of the roof’s underlying components until they start tearing off the shingle and decking. You’re much better off hiring someone who knows enough to check both sides of your roof.
Will You Have to Tear the Roof Down?
This one greatly depends on what the roofer already knows about your home. Sure, lay-overs (replacement that involves building over existing shingles) are a viable solution, but only if the roofer has confirmed that the existing roofing system is still strong enough to support the weight of your new shingles.
Entrust your roof to the best in the business. Howard Roofing & Home Improvements is the leading window and roofing company in St. Charles, MO. Call us at (636) 296-1057 or fill out this contact form to request an estimate.