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Lesser-Known Questions You Should be Asking Your Contractor

Asking the right questions during your initial meeting with a prospective roofing contractor can give you insight on whether or not you should work with them. On top of the usual questions about their products, warranties, licenses and insurance, there are some other questions you should be asking a prospective roofing contractor. In today’s post, State Roofing shares some of these questions.

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What Does Your Insurance Cover?

It goes without saying that you should only work with insured roofing contractors, however, their coverage varies between providers and the contractors themselves. There are, however, two things that they should have, at the very least:

General Liability Insurance — It may be described differently on the contractor’s insurance certificate, but what you’re looking for is coverage against accidental property damage during roofing installation.

Workers’ Compensation — This is sometimes referred to as “workers’ comp”. It provides insurance coverage for physical injuries on-site. Without this and general liability insurance, your own insurance coverage may end up paying for them.

Who Will Be on Site During Installation?

Roofing installation can involve many people, which typically consists of several installers and a project manager, as well as a quality inspector. Sometimes, even the company owner would serve as the project manager, which is often the case for local, family-owned companies. You need to know how many people will be on-site during installation because you have to make provisions for parking, staging, and other accommodations. Entry to gated communities may also require this information.

How Will I Receive My Estimate or Quotation? 

Roofing contractors nowadays can provide a quote or estimate in digital form right after a consultation, followed by a physical copy a few days after. A contractor that just drops off your copy in the mail is generally considered as unwilling to answer questions and just wants you to sign the contract. A good contractor should be courteous enough to deliver your quotation to your doorstep, give you all the time you need to review it, and is easy to reach if you have questions.

Looking for a roofing company that you can trust for your next roofing project? Call State Roofing at (360) 794-7164. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Tacoma and Kirkland, WA.

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