According to HomeAdvisor, an asphalt roof should remain in good shape for 15 to 20 years. The weather conditions and the quality of the asphalt could be a factor in the longevity of the roof, however, you can expect to get at least 15 years out of your roof. If you believe that there is something wrong with your roof, it is best that you contact a licensed roofing company immediately. The longer you wait to have your roof repaired, the worse the damage will become. There are some homeowners who will go online and choose the first roofing company that pops up. This is a mistake. If you want to hire a quality roofer, there are a few questions you should ask to ensure that you are choosing the right person for the job. According to the Huffington Post, these questions could be the difference between a successful project and a problematical project.
1- Are You Licensed?
In most states, roofers must be licensed. Since each state is different, you should research the code requirements in your particular state. It is best to work with a roofer who carries the necessary licensing so that if something were to go wrong, you would have some recourse. Finally, make sure that the company’s license is up to date.
2- Are You Insured?
You absolutely want to work with a company who is fully insured. If an accident were to happen while the work is being done, such as a broken window, the roofer’s insurance would cover the damage. If something more serious were to happen, such as a fire while the roofers are welding, it would likely be something that you won’t have the money to repair, therefore, you need to work with a roofer who has insurance. The ideal roofer will have more than general liability insurance, they will have worker’s compensation insurance as well. If one of their employees is injured on the job, you would not be liable. Their injuries would be covered under the worker’s compensation insurance. Before you hire the roofer, don’t take their word for it that they have insurance. It is best to ask to see their insurance certificate.
3- Will You Remove the Old Roof?
The answer that you want to hear is yes. There are some roofing companies who will inspect the roof and tell you that they can shingle right over it. While this is possible sometimes, there are cases where it is not. In order to know if there are soft spots or if the wood under the shingles is rotting, you need to remove the old shingles. This will ensure that your roof is strong and stable.
4- Will You Bring a Container for the Old Materials?
You only want to work with a roofing company who will bring a container to place all of the materials that they removed from the roof. There are some companies who require the homeowner to provide the container. They also expect the homeowner to have the container removed when the job is complete. A reputable company will supply the container and then remove it after. This should be included in the cost of the project.
5- What Will You Do If There is Inclement Weather During the Job?
It is impossible to plan a job around the weather because the weather can be very unpredictable. If there is a storm in the forecast, it should not be up to you to get up on the roof and cover it up. You want to work with a company who will cover the home with plastic covers or tarpaulins for you. If there are several days of rain predicted in the forecast, you want to work with a company who will come out to make sure that the cover is still in place. This task should not be your responsibility.
6- Will There Be a Warranty On My Roof?
Whether you are going with older style shingles or the more popular dimensional style shingles, a reputable roofer will offer a minimum 25-year warranty.
7- What Will You Do to Protect My Landscape During the Project?
You should talk to the roofer about what they are planning to do to protect your landscape during the project. The last thing that you want is for the workers or the equipment to trample your bushes, shrubs, flowers, and your garden. A good roofer should have a firm plan in place that they can go over with you in detail.
8- Will You Provide a Contract?
You only want to work with a roofer who will offer a contract. The contract should include the cost of the materials, the cost of the labor, and a basic timeline of when the job should be finished. You should understand that the completion date is not set in stone because weather and other issues can delay the job. The roofer should, however, be able to give you a basic timeline.
9- Will There Be Someone On Site That I Can Speak To If Necessary?
It is not uncommon for you to have questions and concerns while the work is being done. Before you hire a roofer, you should make sure that there will always be someone there to answer your questions. You also want the company to identify that person before the job begins. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to speak to several different people who aren’t authorized to answer your questions.
Roof installation and roof repairs can be big jobs. If the roof is not in good condition, it can result in water and debris entering the home. If the job is not done properly, it can result in even more problems. To ensure that you are hiring the best roofer in the business, you should ask the company each of the questions listed above.