Hiring a Roofing Company: 3 Critical Questions to Ask

roofing companyHiring a roofing company doesn’t have to be a nerve-wracking experience. Your roof is an integral part of your home that helps protect your loved ones and all your belongings. This importance, coupled with how rare it is for homeowners to get a new roof, combines into making the process of hiring a roofing company a stressful one for most people. It doesn’t have to be this way. We, at Kirkey Roofing, believe that quality service goes a long way in making any stressful experience a smooth one. We won’t bore you with the basics such as making sure your roofer is licensed, we will cover the various nuances that come with a roofing company that should serve to give you confidence in your roofing company search.

Is the Roofing Company Local?

Proximity might not be the first concern you have. You might be shopping around for the most affordable or brand-recognizable roofing contractor, being local trumps all of that, in our opinion. You want your company nearby in case you run into any issues with your roof. If you’ve ever called an 800 number, you know the headaches that can come from dealing with a far-off service provider with no interest in your satisfaction now that your check has cleared.

Distance can be catastrophic in terms of your roof. You need someone you can reach immediately, if say, your roof is leaking and ruining your home. Warning: there are plenty of pretenders since companies know how important being a local provider is to homeowners. Make sure to take the time to drive by the physical address of the roofing company to ensure they do indeed operate locally.

The Type of Insurance They Carry

It’s a straightforward proposition for a roofing company to have insurance, but what’s a bit murkier is what type of insurance do they carry? Liability insurance should be a foregone conclusion, but you should check to make sure it is up to date. Unscrupulous roofers will cut corners where they can. The roofing company should also have workers’ compensation insurance. Roofing is a physically demanding job done in elevated heights; the potential for accidents is higher than most other home construction projects. If a roofer is missing one of these insurance types, you and your homeowner’s insurance might be on the hook for any damages/accidents.

Roofing Company References

There is only so much reviews can tell you about any company. The nuances of roof work really can’t be distilled down to a few sentences. This complexity is the reason why roofing contractors should have references ready to share with potential clients to ease their mind on their choice of a roofing contractor. These references usually come in the form of a reference letter or a phone number you can call. Pay close attention to minor details and how the roofing contractor handled them. Small details are often indicative of the overall operating attitude of a roofing company.

Do you still have questions on the process of hiring a roofing company? Call Kirkey Roofing at (941) 499-8387 or send us a quick message.

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