What to Ask a Roofing Contractor

If you’re on the market for a roof replacement or repair, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with all the contractors, materials, and quotes. But the good news is that getting a new roof doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to ask a roofing contractor before making your final decision. Whether this is your first or tenth roof replacement, it’s always good to be prepared to meet with your contractor. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered. Keep reading for our top questions to ask your contractor before moving ahead with your Colorado roofing project. 

What to ask a roofing contractor: three questions to get you started 

  1. How will you protect my yard during the project?

If you’ve ever seen a roof replacement in progress, you know that it can get a little messy before the roof is complete. While many homeowners just want their new roof in place, it’s important to ask your contractor about how they plan on keeping the rest of your property protected. When thinking about what to ask a roofing contractor, a good question to ask is “What do you do to ensure my landscaping is intact, no debris gets left behind, and no one gets hurt during the job?” Many roofers have specific provisions for ensuring that your yard is protected, so don’t forget to ask this before signing a contract. 

  1. How can you ensure that my project is completed on time?

No one enjoys having their project delayed especially when it comes to a roof replacement. Before signing on the dotted line, consider what to ask a roofing contractor about the timeline of your project, and how they plan on enforcing that the project is completed when it is supposed to be. Many roofers have contingency plans to address potential obstacles during the job at hand such as extra workers in case someone gets injured or sick. There also can be delays in getting materials or even inclement weather. Whatever the hurdle, make sure you know what the plan is for your contractor to complete your project to avoid having your project not completed on time. 

  1. Does your company offer a warranty for workmanship and materials?

You can have the best roofing materials in the world but without the correct application, your roof will not withstand the elements as well as they could with proper attachment. The same can be said about the quality of the materials used. When thinking about what to ask a roofing contractor, consider asking about the warranties they offer for both workmanship and materials. No one wants to pay twice for a roof replacement gone bad. Make sure to get it in writing too! 

While these three questions will get you started on deciding what to ask a roofing contractor, we’ll also include a more comprehensive list toward the bottom of this blog post. If you haven’t already made your final decision on your roofing contractor yet, we hope that you’ll consider working with Summit Roofing Solutions LLC. Take a look at some additional questions to ask below. 

  • Can you provide references from previous roofing projects similar to mine? 

Getting references will allow you to gauge the contractor’s track record and ensure they have experience with projects similar to yours.

  • How experienced is your crew, and do they have any relevant certifications or training?

 Knowing the expertise and qualifications of the crew working on your roof will give you confidence in their ability to complete the project effectively.

  • What types of roofing materials do you specialize in, and what would you recommend for my specific project? 

Understanding the contractor’s material expertise and their recommendations will help you choose the best roofing option for your property.

  • Can you explain the installation process and timeline for my roofing project? 

A clear outline of the installation process and estimated timeline ensures that you know what to expect during the project.

  • How do you handle unexpected issues or changes that might arise during the project? 

Knowing how the contractor handles unforeseen challenges will give you insight into their problem-solving skills and adaptability.

  • Will you obtain the necessary permits for the roofing work, or is that my responsibility?

Understanding whether the contractor will handle the permitting process prevents any confusion about your responsibilities.

  • What steps will you take to ensure the safety of your crew and my property during the project?

Inquiring about safety measures demonstrates your concern for both the contractor’s team and the protection of your property.

  • How do you handle the disposal of old roofing materials, and is this included in the project cost? 

Knowing if the disposal is included and the methods used ensures you won’t be surprised by additional expenses or cleanup efforts.

  • Can you provide a detailed breakdown of the estimated costs, including labor, materials, and any potential additional expenses? 

A comprehensive cost breakdown lets you understand how your budget will be allocated and helps avoid unexpected financial issues.

  • Do you carry liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance for your crew members? 

Ensuring the contractor has insurance coverage protects you from liability in case of accidents or damage during the project.

  • Are you familiar with local building codes and regulations, and can you guarantee that the roofing work will be compliant? 

Confirming their knowledge of local regulations ensures that the roofing project meets legal requirements and standards.

  • What kind of warranty do you offer for your work, and how long does it cover the roofing installation? 

Understanding the warranty terms gives you the assurance that the contractor stands behind their work and materials for a specific duration.

Need more convincing to work with us? Check out this 5-star review from our happy customer, Ryan Johnson. 

“We used Summit Roofing for roof, gutter, and siding repairs from a hail storm. They were very professional during all interactions, always on time, very responsive to any questions or concerns, and always let us know if anything changed regarding the budget or schedule of our hail damage repairs. The quality of the work was also very good. They worked with our insurance to iron out any reimbursement details and when I accidentally overpaid the invoice they quickly notified me and sent me a check for the difference. I would definitely recommend them!

Summit Roofing Solutions, LLC is a local roofing company specializing in residential roofing and repairs. We also take care of windows, gutters, siding, stucco, garage doors, paint – everything including your roof. Our family-owned company also provides roofing repair after hail storms. If you need a new roof due to damage caused by hail, we are happy to assist you. We serve Greeley, Fort Collins, Loveland, and all of Northern Colorado. Call 970-381-9926 to contact us about scheduling your roofing replacement or for a free estimate. We look forward to working with you soon!

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