Finding a roofing contractor who you can trust is a very important part of replacing or repairing your roof. We have put together a guide of some questions you should ask before you hire a roof contractor.
Do you have insurance coverage?
Your roofing contractor should carry general liability insurance to help protect your home against accidental damage. Before hiring any contractor for your home make sure they are insured.
Are you a licensed roofing contractor?
The state of Illinois required all roofing contractors to be licensed. If they are not licensed, it is possible they will not do a high-quality job.
Which roofing materials will you use on my roof?
Not all roofing materials are the same. You want to ensure that your shingles, underlayment, and all the components of your new roof are good quality.
Will the roofing contractor provide me with a written estimate?
The roofing contractor should provide you with an estimate that includes a breakdown of exactly what work will be completed. As a homeowner it is important that you understand every component of what is being done to your roof.
Do you follow all local building codes?
Your roofing contractor should know and comply with all local building codes and get whatever permits are required.
Do you install synthetic underlayment?
Roofing contractors will install either a synthetic or felt underlayment as the first layer under the shingles. You want synthetic underlayment, it is an advanced protection against leaks, water absorption, and mold.
Will you install ice and water barrier?
There should always be some ice and water barrier between the shingles and wood deck. Depending on the code, design of the roof, and weather conditions this may be needed in several areas or just a few. Make sure you understand where ice and water barrier is going to be installed on your roof.
Do you inspect the completed job?
When the job is complete a foreman or project manager should inspect the work that is being complete to ensure that the job was done to the highest standards.
If you would like to request a free inspection and estimate Edwards and Sons Roofing would be happy to help. Give us a call at 618-476-1480