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Hiring a Roofing Contractor: Questions to Ask Before Signing the Contract

June 28, 2024

Before signing the contract’s dotted line, for peace of mind and no unexpected surprises, be well-informed about the company you select to handle your roofing needs.

These are a few reasons for a roof replacement, including:

  • The current roof has reached the end of its estimated lifetime.
  • It has been damaged during a storm or other issues, and you choose to replace it instead of repairing it.
  • You want to update the roof with a material that has a longer lifetime, such as slate, concrete, or clay, versus three-tab asphalt shingles.
  • You are remodeling and want to update or upgrade the roof to complement the new exterior renovations.
  • For homeowners planning to sell their homes, a new roof increases the home’s value.
  • Your home will experience enhanced curb appeal.
  • A new roof will provide better energy efficiency.
  • Your homeowner’s insurance premium may be lower.

There are several reasons for having a new roof installed. Whatever the reason, you’ll want professional contractors on the job you can trust. A new roof is a significant dollar investment, and having a roofing contractor who knows the business and what it takes for proper installation ensures the roof is up to code, which makes it safe for you and your family.

Know Before You Sign

There are important questions that help make the right decision about which roofing contractor to hire easier. Once you make a final decision, there are a few more questions to ask to be sure the contract reflects all project areas.

  • Is your company licensed, bonded, and insured? (If yes, you will want to see proof).
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Are employees of your company installing the roof, or are you subcontracting it to non-employees?
  • Can you supply any referrals?
  • Do you have a Better Business Bureau rating?
  • Will you pull any permits required by the county, city, or state before installation begins?
  • Will you (referring to the contractor) be supervising the installation on-site?
  • If you are not going to be onsite, who is responsible for the installation project and the workers?
  • Are your workers insured?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • Do you warranty your work? If yes, is it part of the contract and not a word-of-mouth agreement?
  • How long will the installation take?
  • Is there a start date listed on the contract?
  • If the installation is halted due to inclement weather, am I going to be charged extra?
  • Is the estimated quote the amount listed on the contract? If the amount is different, why did it change?
  • What payment options do you accept?
  • What is your cleanup process for the old materials being removed?
  • Are there any charges that will not be listed in the signed and dated paperwork by the contractor?

While some of the answers may seem obvious, it is best not to assume. With a new roofing installation, there are a lot of parts to the project, and you want to be assured all steps from start to finish are properly covered. Once you sign, you are locked into the contract.

Contact Us

When you want professional, experienced, and reliable roofing contractors in Harleysville, PA, contact Banes Roofing & Exterior Renovations, Inc. With over 70 years of experience, you can trust that we know our way around all types of roofing styles and roofing materials. 

When you want the job done right from start to finish, we’re the experts that make it happen. Don’t wait or hesitate; use our online form for a free quote. We act as roofing contractors in Harleysville, PA, and provide quality roofing in Lansdale, PA as well!