Your home’s siding and roofing are among the most crucial parts of the exterior of your house. Firstly, if done well, the color, material, and style you choose go a long way towards maintaining the appearance and curb appeal of your home. Secondly, the siding and roof form a protective shell for your home, keeping out the elements while protecting your belongings.
Since these are such key areas of your house, when the time for repairs or replacements comes around, it’s important to choose roofing or siding contractors who know what they’re doing. Whether you’re looking to have a new roof installed or have the existing one repaired, you need to do your due diligence to ensure you get the very best service. These are significant investments and if done wrong you could end up incurring more costs and damage.
When it’s time to do some work on your siding or roof, you want to know that you’re choosing the best contractor for the job and are getting great value for money. At Christian Brothers Roofing, we care about our customers and want to be certain that people aren’t scammed or taken advantage of by unscrupulous contractors.
That’s why we put together this list of 6 questions to ask any siding roofing contractors before you settle on one.
1. Do you have insurance?
Ask the roofing or siding contractor you want to work with to give you verification that they have an insurance cover. The last thing you need to deal with as a homeowner is an accident on your property and the liability that comes with it.
A reputable roofing contractor should have proper insurance including General Liability Insurance which covers any damage to your property as well as Workers Compensation Insurance which covers injuries that happen in case of an accident.
Different states require different levels of insurance depending on the type of contractor. So do your research and ensure that the contractor meets the appropriate local, state, and federal requirements.
2. Are you licensed?
Along with insurance, also ask the contractor to provide proof of licensing requirements. Most states require that contractors have to be licensed to legally work there. Working with a licensed contractor gives you peace of mind. The testing involved in getting licensed helps you know that the contractor is qualified and knowledgeable in what they’re doing. Find out what licenses are required by your state and ensure that the contractor you’re considering has them.
3. What credentials do you and your employees have?
You wouldn’t allow an unqualified person to work on your car or conduct repairs inside your home, would you? Well, roofing or siding jobs should be no different. Ask the potential contractor about the credentials they and their employees have. This shows that they have been adequately trained for the job they are about to do and shows their competence. These credentials are often awarded by industry groups that seek to maintain high contractor standards and also from manufacturers who want to cover their line of products. Dealing with a credentialed roofing contractor assures you that your roofing needs are in good hands.
4. How long have you been in business?
Sure, everyone has to start somewhere but how reassured would you feel if you found out that your roofing job is in the hands of a contractor who’s new in the business? It might seem odd to enquire how long the contractor has been working and how long those providing the roofing and siding services have been in the industry, but there’s a reason for it.
For one thing, if they’ve been in the business for quite a while, it shows that they have the skills and experience to do the job. Additionally, it’s reassuring to know that you’re trusting a company that can sustain itself. You can also trust the warranty they give because they’re likely to be there to honor it.
5. Can you provide references and/or reviews?
Ask the contractor you want to work with to provide references or reviews from past customers. This is a great way to vet the kind of work they do. If they have no problem producing many references, then it means they have previous customers who are satisfied with the quality of their work and are willing to vouch for them. Similarly, the reviews the contractor receives should help you gauge the quality of work. Having several complaints and negative feedback should be a red flag. Seeing that the roofing contractor has several happy customers and a good reputation increases your confidence and trust in them.
6. What kind of warranties do I get?
A reputable siding or roofing contractor should give a warranty as this shows they’re willing to stand by their work. There are two main types of warranties. The first is the manufacturer’s warranty which covers defects in the materials used. This is why it’s important to deal with a roofing contractor who does high-quality work as poor workmanship may void the warranty offered by a manufacturer.
The second type of warranty is the roofing or siding contractor’s workmanship warranty. This details what the contractor will cover in case problems or defects arise in the work they carry out and for how long. Steer clear of contractors with weak warranties that don’t cover enough of what could go wrong. If the contractor isn’t willing to stand by their work then you can assume there are issues with their workmanship.
Contact Us Today For Your Roofing Solutions
If you need some work done on your roof, then contact Christian Brothers Roofing. As professional and experienced roofing contractors in Georgia, we can help you decide which of our roofing services suit your needs and budget. We have the knowledge, experience, accreditation, and credentials to demonstrate the quality of our workmanship. We place great value on customer service and will do our best to give your home a look that you’ll love.
Whether you need repairs or a new roof, we are here to help. Contact us today at 1-770-734-6700. You’ll be glad you did.