Making the decision of installing a new roof involves both a time and energy investment on your part — know what questions to ask to get the best service.
Pulling the trigger on a new roof can cause some anxieties, because largely, how well do you really know the people who are going to be installing it? When arranging a new roof, you want to ensure you are not getting ripped off or are left with poor-quality work. Oftentimes when you reach out to a roofing company you will connect with an office person who will give you their whole spiel on why they are the best and give you their best, albeit aggressive, sales pitch for services you may not even need.
So, where do you even begin to sort the leading roofing contractors with the not-so-good ones? At Adavantex Restoration, we want you to get an outstanding roof with roofing contractors who really take care of their clients so we’ve compiled a list of need-to-know questions to ask when researching local roofers.
Smart Questions To Ask Your Local Roofer
Sometimes we don’t know the right question to ask until it is too late. Read below to know exactly what to ask to get the best roofing services in the Chicago area.
How Long Have You Been in The Industry?
This is a very simple and factual piece of information for roofing companies to provide, but it is a crucial piece to consumers because it gives you a glimpse into their history. Most companies should easily be able to answer, “15 years,” or “20 years in X state and three years in another state.” You can also do a business search and look up how long the company has been in business to ensure that it matches what they’ve told you.
Why Should I Invest in a New Roof With You?
All roofing businesses have their go-to sales pitch and when given the opportunity to sell you, they will! This sales pitch can create great insight into their business. Do they believe in their services? Are they confident in what they are pitching? Are they convincing?
Do You Have Proof of Being Licensed and Insured?
This may seem unimportant until it is. There are a handful of companies in the roofing industry who take advantage of people and will provide shoddy roofing services, and if anything goes wrong, you could be left to front the bill. This is why finding a roofing company who is licensed and insured is critical.
The license is issued by the state and grants them permission to do business, while the insurance policy is issued through an insurance company and will pay out should anything go wrong. These are a vital component to their business and if they cannot provide the information, you should look for another roofing contractor. The risk of hiring a company without these things is too great — what if they are not even an established business? What if an employee gets injured on your property? What if tools and materials are stolen? All of these things put you at risk for lawsuits.
What companies or types of roofing materials do you use?
This is a great question to ask before you hire the company, so you can do a little research and compare features like warranties, longevity, and initial cost. Once you know what they carry, you can have a more in-depth and knowledgeable conversation with the contractor that may spur follow-up questions or more detail about the ones they use.
It is always important to be an educated consumer and know the different roofing material types so you can have an idea of exactly what you want and need. Why is this important, after all, they are the experts right? This information is important because you are making the investment, so at the most basic level, you should know about the grades of shingles and the difference between shingles, tile, slate, and metal roofs. When you protect your interests, you can inevitably save money!
A new roof install is a big investment and shouldn’t be taken lightly as a consumer. Arm yourself with the best questions, to get the best roofing services. There are many more good roofing questions to ask, so stay tuned for part two!