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13 Questions You Must Ask Before Hiring a Roofer

by Nathan Zachary
Roofing Contractor Ottawa

There’s no more putting it off or denying it. The ceiling has water stains on it. You’ve discovered a few shingles in your yard. Birds, squirrels, or raccoons (or all three, horrors!) have taken up residence in your attic. Whatever the case may be, the indicators are clear: a new roof is required.

Checklist Of Roofing Contractors

Most homeowners start with a list of two to five roofing contractors and meet with two to three of them before deciding who to hire for the job.

Searching for qualified roofers online or getting recommendations from friends and family are two ways to start building a short list of roofing contractors to consider, but they may not provide you with all of the information you need to determine who is qualified and who is not.

Below are some important questions you must keep in your mind before hiring a roofing contractor

Without knowing all of the information about the contractor, making a decision based solely on recommendations or a gut feeling is risky, so here are some questions to ask to help you narrow down your options and hire the appropriate roofer for your project:

Are You Covered By Enough Insurance?

To help safeguard your house from accidental harm, your roofer should be insured. Roofing Contractor Ottawa carries general liability insurance of at least $1,000,000.’

Do You Provide An Extended Warranty and Workmanship Protection?

Your roofing contractor should be able to provide you with a limited warranty that covers workmanship. Ottawa Roofing Platinum and Preferred Contractors provide a variety of Roofing System Limited Warranties that cover material and labor for up to a lifetime.

Will You Explain The Terms Of My Warranty? 

Your Roofing Contractor Ottawa should explain your warranty and make it clear who to contact if there is a problem. Determine whether defective shingles are replaced at a prorated replacement cost or the original cost and whether labor charges are extra.

Which Roofing Materials are You Going to Use on My Roof?

Because not all roofing products are the same, make sure your roofer works with a reputable company.

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Will you give me a written estimate? 

Your roofing contractor should provide you with an estimate that includes an accurate description of the work to be done as well as any work that may need to be contracted out.

Do you follow all of the local building codes? 

Your roofer should be familiar with and follow all local construction codes.

Please Provide Me With a List Of References

Request a list of references and contact a few of them.

Will You Do a Comprehensive Examination? 

Your roofing contractor should evaluate the complete roofing system, including the deck, attic, flashing, chimney, soil stacks, and any roof penetrations, in addition to looking for storm damage.

Will You Make Sure There’s Enough Ventilation?

Your roofer should inspect the current attic ventilation and explain why it’s so important. This should entail looking at the roof from the inside of the attic to see if the current ventilation system is functioning properly.

Improper ventilation can cause shingle damage and void your manufacturer’s warranty. Use our ventilation calculator to determine the amount of ventilation required for a healthy and balanced attic.

Will You Be Putting Down Synthetic Underlayment?

As the first layer of protection on your roof deck, roofers will install either a synthetic or felt underpayment. If you want advanced protection against leaks, water absorption, and mold, make sure your contractor uses a synthetic product rather than felt.

Will Ice And Water Barriers Be Installed?

Additional ice and water barriers between the shingles and the wood deck may be required to help prevent ice damming, wind-driven rain, or collected water, depending on a variety of factors.

Will You Adhere to The Manufacturer’s Guidelines?

Because the poor application can void your manufacturer’s warranty, your Roofers Ottawa should be conversant with and follow all manufacturer’s guidelines.

Will You Please Explain the Operation of my Roofing System?

So that you can make informed selections, the roofer should give you a detailed description of the complete roofing system and how all of the elements operate together. Build Your Roof allows you to customize each layer and component of your Ottawa Total Protection Roofing System.

Still, got any doubts? Don’t worry. Book your appointment today with Ottawa.

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