When the roof on your home is nearing the end of its lifespan, you notice the signs that indicate a need for a roof replacement, or you want to upgrade its appearance and performance, now may be the time to replace your existing roof. A quality roof replacement from a professional roofing company will not only increase the value of your home, but will ensure that your new roof will offer superior performance and durability for years to come.
Just like any big home improvement project, when it comes to roof installation, hiring a roofing contractor can be intimidating. In addition to roofing companies that charge way too much for their services, there are also inexperienced scam roofers that are looking to make a quick buck without putting any effort into the craftsmanship. There are plenty of tips you can follow to find the best roofing company, but before you hire them, consider asking them the following questions.
Do You Provide Free Roofing Estimates?
A professional roofing contractor will provide you with a detailed estimate of the amount of work your roof needs, whether it is just a simple repair or a complete roof replacement. They will inspect your roof thoroughly, looking for any signs of damage or concern. Once they have an idea of the work your roof needs, they will give you an estimate. Both labor and material costs should be included in the estimate. If you need a complete roof replacement, the estimate will likely include the removal of your old roof and all preparatory work to be done before the new roof can be installed, such as underlayment installation, framing, and venting improvements.
Of course, before preparing the estimate for a roof replacement, you will have to consider what type of roof you want to install—asphalt shingles, architectural shingles, and concrete roofing tiles are just a few of the many to choose from. While your roofing contractor should communicate how long each material will last and how much it will cost, it doesn’t hurt to brush up on the best roofing materials for homes in Arizona.
Are You Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?
Roofing, like other home construction, can be dangerous. In order to protect yourself as well as the people working on your home, make sure you hire a roofing company that is licensed, bonded, and insured. Fortunately, states like Arizona require roofing contractors to be licensed, but there are still some roofing contractors that try to sneak their way to make a quick buck. Choosing a roofing company that is licensed, bonded and insured will ensure you are working with a reputable party and it will give you peace of mind as you will be protected from any unfortunate situation.
How Much Experience Do You Have?
Since roofing has a relatively low job entry cost, there are a lot of inexperienced roofers in the industry who may not have the qualifications to do quality work on your roof. Therefore, you should always ask about the contractor’s roofing experience. This will make it easy to determine whether or not they know the industry.
Do You Have Any Certifications?
Working with a certified roofing contractor ensures that they will stand by their workmanship and will always use the best materials for your roof replacement project. GAF Master Elite® Roofing Contractor and Owens Corning™ Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor are two of the most popular certifications that ensure roofers follow the highest standards, have better coverage, and maintain a professional good standing with their customers.
When Is The Best Time For The Work To Take Place?
Roof repairs or replacements can take place during any season, however, some weather and makes the work easier, faster, and more economical. As far as the weather goes, temperature and precipitation levels are typically lower in April, May, and June, making it a great time for roof work to be performed. Keep in mind, if your roof is leaking, damaged, or unlikely to withstand another season’s weather challenges, you should get your roof repaired by a professional as soon as possible. But if you are able to wait, contact a roofing company now to make sure they have availability when you want to replace your roof. Who knows, you may even get a discount for planning ahead!
Is Your Work Backed By A Warranty?
Many roofing companies offer warranties that guarantee the roofing material was installed by following the best installation methods and techniques. If you notice a problem with your new roof that is a result of improper installation, like missing or damaged shingles, the repairs will typically be covered by this kind of warranty. Another situation that is covered by a workmanship warranty is a roof that does not comply with a code requirement. Using a professional, experienced roofing contractor should reduce your risk of these kinds of problems, but offering a warranty shows that a roofing company stands behind their work.
By asking your roofing contractors these questions, you will be able to better determine if they are the right fit for the job. If you are ready to talk to a professional about your Scottsdale, Chandler, or Phoenix roofing needs, call Express Roofing! Our team of roofing contractors will help you find the best roof for your home and work with you each and every step of the way. To schedule your free estimate or to learn more information, contact us!