The 4 Most Important Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor

What to Ask a Roofing Contractor
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Your roof protects your home, and more importantly, it protects your loved ones and valuable belongings inside. With that being said, choosing the right roofing contractor is arguably the most important decision you’ll have to make when it comes to your home. Think of hiring a roofing contractor as selecting a long-term partnership. For installations, maintenance, repairs, replacements, gutter work, and more, you’ll need a trusted partner you can count on to have your best interest and ensure your safety and satisfaction.


Looking for an award-winning roofing contractor in your area? Rutter Roofing is a fully insured, licensed, and certified roofing company that provides top-level craftsmanship and service. We’re here to help you know what to ask a roofer before hiring them, what to know about roof replacement, and what qualities make a great roofer. Here are four essential questions that you should ask before committing to a long-term contractor. 


“Is your company licensed, bonded, and insured?”

If the roofer or roofing company is not officially certified, licensed, and insured, you should never work with them. When it comes to what to ask a roofer before hiring, this should be the first step. Insured contractors are equipped with workmen’s compensation, general liability, vehicle insurance policies, and all the necessary permits to perform work on your property. If you work with a contractor who fails to provide workers compensation, you’re far more likely to get sued by an injured worker and be forced to pay costly damages. Roofing companies that are bonded are ensured to complete work efficiently, ethically, and legally. 


“How long has your company been in business?”

The second question you should ask while filling out your “hiring a roof contractor checklist” should be about the company’s experience. You clearly want a roofer who is established and experienced. You’re looking for a contractor who’s repaired, installed, and maintained hundreds if not thousands of roofs in the past. An experienced roofer has seen every scenario and knows how to fix any of the unique issues your home is experiencing. Companies that have been around for a long time also know how to accurately budget and estimate projects. As an investment, you want to be sure that this company will be around for the long haul. 


“Will you provide referrals and references?” 

Oftentimes the best way to gauge the professionalism and quality of a roofer is to hear from real customers. Past and current customers will provide you with honest feedback on work that was done on their roofs, the experience they had with the roofer, how timelines were handled, and much more. When you receive an estimate for a project, you should always ask for recent job references, specifically ones that occurred in the past six months. If a roofer denies this request, there’s a good chance that their previous customers were dissatisfied with the service, customer experience, or both! 


“Is there a roofing warranty?” 

Warranties guarantee that the workmanship performed by the roofer will remain durable and last over time. It also ensures that the roofing products, such as shingles, provided by the manufacturers last a certain period of time as well. Warranties vary among contractors, so always ask upfront how long the warranty is for prospective companies. 


Trust Rutter Roofing as a Long-Term Partner! 

If you’re looking for more information about a new roof or still wondering what to know about roof replacements, connect with a Rutter Roofing expert today to answer any of your questions! Our team is never satisfied until the customer is completely happy with the services provided, and our long list of awards and certifications are a true testament to that. Call Rutter Roofing today at (610)-584-2084 and develop a partnership with a trusted contractor!