It is worthwhile to take your time and do your research when hiring local roofers.
Easy Ways to Vet a Roofing Company
"How can I find the right professional for my roofing project?" It's a tough question that every homeowner will encounter at some point. Thankfully, the vetting process can be much simpler than you might think.
Here are a few easy ways that you can vet local roofers:
- Seek referrals from your friends, family, and colleagues
- Examine the company history and their core values
- Read through customer reviews and testimonials on third-party platforms (e.g., Google, BBB, Angi, etc.)
- Look through past project photos to evaluate quality and workmanship
Secondary research is helpful, but it will only take you so far. At a certain point, you'll need to start speaking with roofing specialists one-on-one to vet them even further.
What to Ask Lakewood Roofers During Your Roof Inspection
Most reputable roofing companies will offer complimentary roof inspections. That means it's possible to book inspections with multiple roofers and you won't have to pay a dime.
We recommend that you use each inspection as another opportunity to vet that roofing contractor. Treat the inspection like a job interview and take the time to ask all of your pressing questions.
Be sure to ask these essential questions before signing any contract.
Can You Show Me Your License?
Never hire an unlicensed roofing professional!
Without a license, how can you guarantee that your roofer is qualified to work on your property? Will they deliver quality repairs that line up with local building codes?
That document provides assurance that your roofing contractor is capable, trained, and able to deliver the quality work you need.
In Colorado, roofing contractors technically fall under the category of general contractors. That means they must hold a valid business license throughout the year.
Can You Show Me Proof of Insurance?
This is a must for any home improvement project. A company's insurance policies protect you in case something goes wrong during the project.
At a minimum, a reputable roofing company will have two important insurance policies in place (IKO):
- General liability insurance
- Workman's compensation insurance
Let's say a member of the roofing crew suffers an injury while on the job at your project. Without these insurance policies, you'd have to pay out of pocket for those incidents. Do yourself a favor and make sure your roofing company has those key insurance policies in place.
What Kinds of Warranties Do You Offer?
Maintaining a balanced budget is a challenge for many homeowners. An unexpected roofing expense can put a dent in your annual budget. Fortunately, work warranties can help reduce your future roofing costs.
A professional and experienced roofing company will stand behind its work by offering a workmanship warranty. For a set amount of time, that warranty will cover any roofing services that are needed. However, the warranties offered by roofing companies will vary from one to the next.
You can generally expect your roof to last from roughly 15-25 years. Make sure you inquire about the details for any available warranties.
Who Would Be Working on My Roof?
This might sound like a silly question, but it is worth asking because of subcontractors. Across the roofing industry, you'll find companies that will employ subcontractors for specific kinds of work, like small roof repair projects.
Subcontractors aren't inherently a red flag, but they add an extra layer of complexity to your project. Will the subcontractors deliver excellent work? What kind of customer service can you expect from them? And how will the prime contractor ensure the work meets their standards?
If your roofer utilizes subcontractors, then you'll want to learn more about those subcontractors. Ask your roofer for their contact information so you can speak directly with the people who will actually be doing the work.
Book Your FREE Inspection with Our Lakewood Roofers
No matter what kind of roofing issues you're experiencing, we can handle it at Ethos.
For over 15 years, we have been delivering superior roofing services from Denver to Fort Collins. On every roof installation, we will provide excellent customer service, top-tier roofing materials, and quality workmanship. With Ethos at your side, you'll gain the roof of your dreams in no time.
Contact Ethos Roofing & Restoration today to set up your FREE roof inspection with our Lakewood roofers.