Here’s What You Need to Ask Your Roofer Before Hiring Them

By Stacy Mellete

Finding the right residential roofing contractor Tampa FL for your project is important if you want it to be worth your investment, whether you require storm damage restoration or the standard replacement.

To help you zero in on the right professional to work with, it’s important to ask the right questions.

“Can I See a Copy of Your License?” 

Roofing contractors in Tampa are required by most states to have a license issued by a state agency. The roofer must demonstrate knowledge and adherence to building codes and proof of insurance when they apply for a license. Most state licensing agencies allow homeowners to quickly verify online or by phone that the contractor’s license is current.

“What’s the Physical Address of Your Company?” 

If your prospective contractor just gave you a PO Box for his address, then it’s possible that the company isn’t legitimate. However, working out of a home shouldn’t automatically deter you from considering the roofing company, as some contractors keep prices to homeowners competitive by reducing overhead. 

Remember, a contractor that’s “fussy” about neatness and detail is likely to do a better job on your roof than a sloppy one, so it’s worth driving by the business office or home of your prospective hail damage repair and replacement contractors to see if the premises are well-kept. 

“Do You Have References?” 

Call the references of the short-listed contractors you’re still considering once you’re satisfied with their answers to your questions and inquiries. Ask the references whether they recommend using the contractor, if the crew respected their property and cleaned up thoroughly and if the final cost was the price quoted.

You can also check out helpful reviews of some roofing contractors when looking them up on Google and The Better Business Bureau®.

You can also ask the references if the crew started when scheduled and, if not, how many days or weeks was the delay. Be aware that some roofers are in the habit of scheduling jobs on start dates they know they can’t meet just so they can secure the work. Keep in mind that a delay of more than two weeks isn’t acceptable unless there was unusually bad weather in the area.

As a trusted roofing contractor in Tampa FL, Affordable Roofing Systems is here to make sure all your roofing needs are addressed. To get started, you can reach us by calling (813) 542-8462 or filling out our convenient online contact form. We serve Brandon, Tampa, Largo and nearby FL areas. Talk to us today!

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