Selecting a Roofing Contractor

What to Ask and Check

Asking a Roofing Contractor questions will give you the knowledge you need to find professional roofing companies that can work on your roofing project and asking the right question will find you the best contractor. Use this checklist when selecting a roofing contractor to work on your project.

Questions to Ask a Roofing Contractor in Jacksonville | North Florida Roofing The Most Important Question to Always Ask a Roofing Contractor

The most important question you should ask a roofing contractor is, ARE YOU A LOCAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR? This will eliminate any fly-by-night or contractors that will not be around to help you with any of your roofing projects or needs after the project is done.

List of Questions to Ask Your Next Residential or Commercial Roofing Contractor

Here is a list of some of the other questions you should be asking a roofing contractor before you work with them on your residential or commercial roofing project. We hope this list will give you the knowledge you need to find the best contractor for your roofing project in the Jacksonville and surrounding areas of Florida like Daytona, and in Georgia. Asking a Roofing Contractor these questions will give you the knowledge you need to find professional roofing companies that can work on your roofing project and asking the right question will find you the best contractor. 

Not "Self-Insured": You need to know if your contractor carries general liability insurance for both commercial and residential projects. A sizable contractor will carry no less than $500,000.... and usually around $1,000,000 of coverage. If your contractor's insurance policy cannot cover potential damages, then the contractor would be personally liable. If he cannot cover the damages himself, you will again have no legal recourse and will end up paying for the repairs or even a new roof yourself. Over three-fourths of roofing companies do not carry proper insurance coverage to protect you against losses.
Don't be fooled, some might promise you a lien waiver letter, but you must demand that it be given to you upon completion and certainly before you make your last payment. Very few contractors will be able to provide this ultimate level of consumer protection for you.
All reputable roofers carry pre-printed lists of references.... that includes customers from 1 to 5 years ago, as well as customers from the previous month. Also, ask for suppliers, business references, etc. A roofer should be able to supply, on demand, a comprehensive list of ALL clients served for at least the last 5 years. A one year list of clients should contain at least 75 job references.
Belonging to trade associations implies some quality and ethical integrity on the part of the contractor. Associations like the National Roofing Contractor Association and the Roofing Contractors Association of Florida are common associations.
A roofer should be able to produce a license stating that he/she is qualified according to certain standards. There is no national (or local) governing board, states issue licenses, not counties. The roofer should also be able to produce a list of what those standards are.
Sometimes a contractor will try to use his certification for his entire staff. Make sure every individual member is qualified and knowledgeable. Think about it.... the person who really needs the knowledge is the person doing the job, not necessarily the owner of the company.

When You Plan Your Next Roofing Project, Call North Florida Roofing