What Should I Ask a Roofing Contractor?
There can be a million questions you forget to ask when dealing with a roofing contractor. You may be panicking if your roof is leaking or causing you major problems and there is always one last question you could have asked. When planning Roofing in Los Angeles, here are nine questions you should try to remember when dealing with roofing contractors.
Ask for a Quote
Always get a quote for the work the contractor is proposing to carry out. That way you have something in writing. You may need this to show to your insurance company if you are going to be making a claim. It is also useful to keep a copy so that you can compare it to any other quotes you get. The best rule of thumb is to get quotes from three different contractors so that you can compare them and decide who to give the job to.
Are There Any Hidden Extras?
Ask if there is anything else you might need to pay for. In some states, taxes are charged that may or may not appear on the quote. This can make the job more expensive than you have budgeted for. Sometimes, work may need to be carried out that the contractor won’t see until they have started removing tiles or erected the scaffolding. Ask if they are likely to find any of these hidden extras and get a quote for these too before the work is started.
What Materials Will They Use?
This can make a huge difference to the price. Sometimes it is worth paying the extra money rather than taking the budget option though. Make sure you know what the difference in the price of the materials is if you opt for three quotes as they may not always be the same. Work out what you are paying for and whether you need to pay extra for better quality or not.
When Do They Want to Be Paid?
The timing of the payments may differ from contractor to contractor. Some of them will invoice you for the total once they have finished the job. Some contractors will expect some of the money upfront to buy materials or they ask for half of the money once half of the job is complete and the rest of it once they have finished. Make sure you know when your contractor wants paying and how much this will cost. That way there are no nasty surprises as they go along.
Find out when the contractor can start the job and how long they expect it to take. This is especially important if it is an urgent job as the start date may become a bigger factor than the price you have been quoted as you might not be able to wait for a busy contractor to become available.
How Big Is the Company?
This can be a double-edged sword as a smaller company will have more to prove than a national company which might make them better in terms of customer service and the quality of their work. However, a bigger company might be more reliable as they can use another roofer if they are let down by one of their employees, whereas a smaller company might not have the staff or resources to send someone else.
What Insurance Do They Have?
Make sure the contractor has the relevant insurance and that they can prove this to you. It can be a costly mistake if they haven’t because if they don’t do the job to your satisfaction or they let you down, it may be harder to get it put right or be awarded compensation if they don’t have the insurance they should have had. A reputable company should never have this issue, but it is still worth asking the question.
How Long Have They Been in Business?
Less reputable companies will not stand the test of time so it can be a good idea to opt for a company that has been around for a while. A longer standing company is more likely to be financially solvent too, so they are not as likely to go out of business after taking your money. This doesn’t mean this can’t happen though.
What Other Types of Work Do They Do?
If you are looking for a specialist roofing contractor, then you want to work with someone who specializes in roofing. A general builder may think they can do the job but it may turn out that it is outside their realm of expertise so you could run into problems. A specialist roofing contractor is less likely to come across problems they are unable to resolve.
Remember to ask these questions of a roofing contractor before you hire them and always speak to at least three different companies to ensure you are getting the best deal.
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