Three Questions You Should Ask Your Roofers Before Hiring Them And Why
Hiring a roofer is not a cut-and-dry deal. In fact, if you hire the first person that promises to complete your roofing project for less than you expect, you may find that you have to hire another roofer to redo the roof. Before you hire any roofer, you should ask him or her the following three questions. In addition to asking these questions, the reasons behind asking them are also provided.
Does the Roofing Crew Work on Weekends?
Despite the fact that you may want to hang around and "supervise" the job that the crew is doing on your roof, and as tempting as it might be to hire a roofer that has a crew that works weekends, you should probe into this a little deeper. Most roofers rarely work weekends, and any crew members that they have that do work weekends may be working on their own. If you want to hire a roofer that works on weekends, be sure he or she accompanies his/her crew to your property and supervises their work to avoid any costly mistakes.
Does the Roofer Have Accident Insurance to Cover His/Her Crew?
From time to time, really old roofs give way and workers may fall through the old roofing. The injuries caused should be covered by their employer, the roofer you hired. Otherwise, your home owner's insurance costs might rise and become more costly when you have to make a claim for anyone who is injured on your property. Ask roofers if they are bonded and insured, which means that they, not you, cover the medical costs of anyone injured on your property while they are on the job. Ask to see proof of this insurance and the bonding certificate too; do not simply take the roofer's word for it. The best roofers will have no problem with showing you these documents.
What Precautionary or Preventive Measures Does the Roofer Take to Protect Your Unfinished Roof from the Elements?
This is fairly common concern of homeowners who have received an estimate complete with the approximate number of days needed to complete the job. Homeowners want to know what roofers will do to protect the unfinished roof from exposure to high winds, rain, etc. Your roofer should be able to provide you with a very detailed answer in regards to his or her practices under these circumstances. Typically, tight tarps and heavy plastic sheeting is used to cover all of the open areas of your roof. (The tarps and/or sheeting wrap over the top of the roof and hang down to the ground where they are secured with heavy objects or ropes and tie-down spikes.) However, your roofer may use other preventive and precautionary measures that should be equally effective, if not better.