Getting a new roof installed is a big expenditure, but sometimes it simply must be done. But you can’t hire just anyone to do it. No, sir-that thing has to last for a while, right? Yes. So what kinds of questions do you ask a roofing contractor before you hire them? In this post we will go over five questions to ask to ask before you put in the money. After all, you don’t want to break the bank having to do it over before you should. We will cover licensing, subcontractors, insurance questions, and what happens to the old roof. 

Will you remove my old roof?

Now, it just won’t do to have a new roof coming in when there is still an old roof sitting on top of your house or building. This is an important question to ask a contractor. Is it going to cost extra? How long will it take? There are other sub questions you can ask when you inquire about where the old roof is going and how. Make sure you are comfortable with the answers before you shell out the dough or sign anything. 

Do you have liability insurance?

There is always a chance of someone or something damaging your property when you have someone work on it. It’s best to be safe and make sure that the contractor you hire has the proper insurance to cover any damages that may occur. And make sure to see the insurance documentation for yourself, to be completely sure. 

Do you carry workman’s comp insurance?

This is important for the workers who will be on top of your home or building installing the new roof. You don’t want to be held liable for any injuries that may come about due to the work being done. It’s best to just double check and be sure that the roofer is not foregoing the insurance and taking chances, even if it is required by law. 

Will you be hiring any subcontractors to work on my roof?

This does happen with some contractors. It is important to know who will be up there doing what. If you trust the contractor, you should be able to trust the subcontractor as well; but there is no telling if you just don’t know. You need to make sure that if this does happen, everyone is insured and licensed all around.

Are you licensed?

This one may be a no-brainer, but you shouldn’t forget to ask outright anyway. Rules can differ in every state, and some states don’t even require a license for someone to do roofing work. It is best to find out what the deal is in your own area, and make sure that the qualifications line up and check out-for your own peace of mind if nothing else. 

Trust an Experienced Roofer in the Boise area

There it is. While there may be other relevant questions, if you ask these questions next time you consider a contractor you should be able to figure out if this is the right company for you. Hiring an experienced Boise area roofer will make your life easier as they will have all of these questions answered and more!