Frequently Asked Questions about Roof Repair

How do I find a reliable contractor?

First of all you want a contractor who is licensed and certified. This should be an absolute necessity just to get started. Unlicensed contractors aren’t going to be covered and will be more likely give you sub-standard work while you get less protection. Next, you should take advantage of Google Reviews, Angie’s List, and other online resources that can give you a big clear picture on which contractors over deliver every single time, which ones have a reputation for letting you down, and what contractors have a mixed record when it comes to results.

What do I need to know before calling?

Ideally you want a decent amount of information as the more details you can give, the more accurate your estimate is going to be. Specifically you should let them know what type of shingles or roofing material is used, if there are any homeowner’s association rules you need to know about

Why are the contractors' bids so different?

There are several different reasons you might get radically different estimates from different roofing companies. They might be imagining different materials, have different estimates on labor, or simply have higher prices or different standards for work. An incredibly low price sticking out from the pack is rarely a good thing.

What type of warranty can I get on the work?

The type of coverage you get on the work depends on a variety of things like the type of roofing being used (and what coverage the company gives on their roofing), and the individual companies and their own policy. This is a good question to always ask ahead of time to make sure you are on the same page as the contractor.

What is the best roofing material for my roof?

This varies greatly depending on what you’re looking for. Aesthetics, climate, neighborhood, and cost are all major factors that can make one type of roofing more appealing than others. Ceramic shingles look nice but are best in warm climates and can also be very expensive. Metal roofing can last a very long time when properly installed but doesn’t look great.

How quickly can shingles be placed?

This question is a hard one to answer. The underlayment needs to be set perfectly in order for the shingles to be installed on top of that. A lot depends on the materials, pitch of the roof, weather, and number of workers on site. All of these issues can lead to longer installation times.

Who is responsible if the job is left half done and damage results from rain?

This is where reading the small print of a contract is so important before work begins. If you signed a contract that says you take legal responsibility for damage or keeping them free of responsibility, then you might be stuck with the bill. That initial agreement is important.