Whether you need a roofer for minor repairs or a full roof replacement, hiring a good one from the beginning can help prevent a lot of problems down the road. Asking the right questions can help you narrow down your choices quickly. In today’s post, local home improvement company State Roofing shares the questions you should ask a prospective roofer.
“Are You Licensed and Insured?”
In most states, roofing contractors are required to apply for a license on a city, county or state level before they can work professionally. In the State of Washington, roofers are not required to have a license, but they must be registered with the Washington Department of Labor & Industries Contractors’ Registration Section. You can verify your contractor online using their name, workers’ compensation account number or WA UBI number.
Your roofer’s insurance coverage will help protect you from liability in case damage or injuries happen on your property. Your prospective roofers should be able to provide a copy of their insurance certificate. Make sure that their coverage includes general liability insurance (for accidental property damage) and workers’ compensation (for injuries).
“What Is the Scope of Work?”
A good roofer should be able to determine the scope of the roofing project after the first inspection. This is important because their findings will be reflected in the quote or estimate. They should also discuss details such as materials, labor and the estimated timeline. Prospective roofers should be able to explain the project’s details to their potential clients in a clear and understandable manner.
“How Will You Protect My Property?”
It’s no secret that roofing work is messy and carries the risk of damage to other parts of your property. General liability insurance, as discussed above, compensates for damage after the fact, but your roofer shouldn’t solely rely on this. Instead, a good roofer must take measures to prevent damage and only rely on their insurance coverage as a safety net. Your prospective roofer should have measures in place that will help protect your property, such as covering pathways and landscaping with tarp or similar material.
State Roofing provides roofing services to customers in Seattle and Tacoma, WA, as well as the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (360) 794-7164, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.