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  • Writer's pictureApril Dacas, VP

Questions To Ask Your Roofing Contractor

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Your roof is a vital and important part of your home. As such, caring for and maintaining your roof will be an important part of protecting your property. Even with regular maintenance and repair, at some point, your roof will need more significant repair or replacement; knowing a bit about the process will ensure that you can choose the right materials--and even the right contractor---for the job.

Choosing wisely and knowing what to look for

As you contemplate this significant home repair, you'll need some questions to ask a contractor to ensure that your work is done correctly. Unfortunately, there are a number of pseudo-professionals who would be more than willing to take your money and perform substandard work, taking advantage of your naivete and leaving you with the need for more repairs. Knowing more about the process will ensure that you aren't taken advantage of, and that you'll be matched with the right person and the right materials for your home.

What should I ask my contractor?

Get a notepad ready, and ask the following questions as you contemplate the beauty and strength of your new roof:

  • How long has your construction company been in business? Generally speaking, the longer a roofing contractor has been in business, the more qualified they are to correct any and all issues that may come up during work. They have a long track record of successful installations and satisfied clients, and they will be able to provide you proof of that track record.

  • Are you licensed and insured? Any reputable contractor will be able to give you proof of state and local licensing, and they will not hesitate to do so. Any humming and hawing by a contractor when asking for proper licensing should have you hesitant about hiring for the job. Ask for proof of both licensing and insurance and move along if a contractor is not able to provide it.

  • Are you bonded? A bond protects a homeowner against loss, incomplete work, or contractors that fail to perform the work as promised. A reputable contractor will carry this type of insurance to ensure that workers, you, and your home are protected. Contractors that don't carry bond insurance are suspect; they don't have your best interests in mind, and it's time to consider employing someone else for your work.

  • What training process does your crew undergo? Although some training does happen on the job, a contractor/company that provides a rigorous training process is going to perform better work than those who come together with different levels of experience. While there is no degree or specific certification for roofers, there are companies that provide education and training for their employees that ensures quality work.

  • How do you handle payments? Beware of roofing contractors and companies that ask for most or all of your money upfront. When a contractor is expected to purchase materials for your work, a down payment to cover these costs is appropriate. In general, complete payment for services rendered should not be expected until work has been completed and inspected to ensure quality.

  • Do you provide a warranty on work and materials? Materials should already come with a manufacturer's warranty, and a contractor should be able to extend a warranty on work completed, provided that they are running a reputable business. They should also be willing to provide follow-up care and repair if something is found to be faulty.

  • How long will your work take? While some unexpected events may crop up during a roof repair or replacement, a contractor should be able to give you a general time frame with regard to how long your work will take. He will continue to communicate throughout your process and give you updates on completion and inform you if changes need to be made.

Ready to hire? Call us!

Len's Roofing professionals are trained, qualified, and ready to handle any repair or replacement job that you may have. Quality materials, superior craftsmanship, and a commitment to customer satisfaction make us one of the business's premier roofing companies.

Len’s Roofing Inc. is proud to be chosen as “One of the Best Roofers in Manatee” at the 2021 Herald-Tribune “Manatee Readers’ Choice Awards”. Contact us and see how we can improve the look and function of your roof at 941-896-7897 or visit


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