When Choosing a Roofing Company, Ask These Questions

If you are considering having your roof replaced, you are wise to have several roofing companies provide you with inspections and quotes.  But what questions should you ask them to help you choose your roofer? 

What is your local phone number and address? If you end up with a roof emergency down the road, you want to know for sure the company you are dealing with is local.  Out-of-town companies might come to the city for work, but it might be hard to get them back.

How long have you been in business?  A company with a history and track record is a much safer bet than one just recently started.

Is  your roofing company licensed?  Companies operating in Alberta must have a valid Alberta contracting license.  Make sure the company you are considering is up to date with theirs.

Do you carry general liability insurance? Better to be safe than sorry.  If something goes wrong during a roof installation, such as a worker breaks a window, or welding work on the roof starts a fire, you need to know the company has liability insurance.  Not only that, they need to show you  a certificate covering your specific home.

Does your company have workman’s comp insurance?  Unfortunately, if a roofing company does not provide Workman's Compensation for their workers, and one is injured on the job at your home, you could be liable.  Also check to ensure the company has safety requirements such as harnesses for roofers.   

What is the warranty on my new roof?  Different roofing materials have different costs, and company warranties reflect those costs.  Better products have longer warrantees. Also, ask if the roofing company warrantees its workmanship.

These questions will cause red flags to surface, and help you choose the best roofer for your home and peace of mind.

Keystone Exteriors would sail through these interview questions.  Call us for a free roofing estimate.