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10 Questions to Ask Your Local Roofers and Why

Updated: Jan 3

Here's what to ask local residential roofing contractors to help you make the best choice for your home with minimal disturbance to your family.

Local roofer questions
Knowing what to ask your local roofer will save you time and money.

Are you in need of a new roof or roof repair? Finding a reliable and trustworthy residential roofer can be a daunting task. But with some research and expert advice, you can find a residential roofer who can efficiently complete your project. Here are 10 important questions to help you choose the right contractor for your roofing project.

  1. How long have you been providing residential roofing services?

  2. Can you provide proof of insurance?

  3. How long does a typical residential roof installation take?

  4. Are there any conditions in the proposal, such as weather, that would delay the job and what are the contractor's policies on those delays?

  5. What is your warranty on materials for residential roof replacement?

  6. Is there a guarantee on workmanship?

  7. Are there any exclusions I need to know about (e.g., leaking skylight or chimney)?

  8. How much does it cost to install a new roof on average in my area (or city)?

  9. What type of products do you use and how do I select what's best for my roof?

  10. What are your financing options?

Asking local roofer questions
Professional local roofers should be liscenced and insured.

Local Roofer Experience Matters

A residential roofing company with years of experience will likely have relationships with the local municipal offices and have a better understanding of local building codes, materials, and techniques. They are also more likely to be equipped to handle unexpected issues during the project. Ask how long the company and each employee have been working in the field to ensure you hire a full team of skilled roofers.

Research Reviews

When it comes to online reviews, use the 80/20 rule. If 80% of the reviews are positive and 20% are not, you can be confident your experience will likely be positive. Having more than 50 online reviews and verified profiles with reputable third-party sites like the Better Business Bureau will also provide you with a lot of insight into what you can expect from a local roofer.

Verify Insurance

Some contractors don't have workers' compensation insurance, which means that injuries sustained by employees working on your home could result in no compensation at all from them or their company. Always ask a residential roofing repairs contractor to verify their insurance.

Timelines and Policies

Check the time it will take to complete your roof replacement and any conditions on the proposal. For example, ask about the contractor's policy on delays due to weather. The length of time for a roof replacement can vary depending on several factors such as the size and pitch of the roof, the type of materials used, the complexity of the job, and weather conditions. On average, a typical residential roof replacement can take anywhere from 1-5 days to complete. However, some larger or more complex projects may take longer. It is best to consult with a professional roofing contractor for an accurate timeline for your residential roof.

Warranties vs. Guarantees

A warranty guarantees that the materials used in your roofing project will not fail for a certain amount of time (usually 10 to 25 years). If a roofer offers a lifetime warranty on shingles, ask for proof of insurance and certifications before they begin your roofing project. On the other hand, a guarantee is that the contractor will repair or replace any damaged parts at no cost to you. Make sure to ask if the contractor provides either and what the terms and conditions are. Ask the roofer if they warranty or guarantee their work or replacement materials.

Energy-Efficient Tax Rebates

A tax rebate on home improvement refers to a reduction in the amount of taxes owed, or a refund of taxes previously paid, due to making certain eligible improvements to a property. Government agencies often offer these tax rebates as an incentive to encourage homeowners to make energy-efficient improvements, such as adding insulation, replacing windows, or installing a new roof, that can help reduce energy usage and save money on utilities. The rebate amount and the specific requirements to qualify for it can vary by jurisdiction, so it's essential to check the applicable local and federal tax laws. To claim a home improvement tax rebate, homeowners typically need to keep receipts and documentation of the improvements and file the appropriate forms with the tax authorities.

Get Multiple Estimates

It's a good idea to get multiple estimates from local roofers. Estimates are usually free and will give you a better idea of the cost and help you compare the work offered by different contractors. Always ask about incentives, discounts, and how to invest more wisely to improve property value.

Why choose a local roofer like Refined Home Services?

We are your one-stop shop for all of your residential roofing needs. Whether you need a simple repair or an entire roof replacement, our experienced team of professionals will get the job done promptly. Get an instant quote on much your new roof will cost.

At Refined Home Services, we pride ourselves on using only top-quality materials and the latest technology to provide our clients with exceptional services. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry, our experts understand that your roof is one of the most essential components of your home. That's why we work diligently to ensure that your roof remains structurally sound for years to come.

No matter what type of project you have in mind, from residential to commercial buildings, we are confident that our team can handle it with precision and care. Our services include repairs, replacements, new construction installation, skylights and attic ventilation, and much more! We take the time to thoroughly inspect your property so that we can provide you with honest advice and comprehensive solutions for all of your roofing needs.


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