Lesser-Known Questions to Ask Your Prospective Roofer

By Stacy Mellete

Doing your due diligence when searching for a reputable contractor for residential roof repairs and replacements is one of the most efficient ways to ensure the success of your roofing project. It all starts with asking the right questions.

While it doesn’t hurt to ask whether the local company has a license or is carrying insurance, you have to also keep in mind some lesser-known questions.



“Can You Do a Layover?”

This is a trick question you can ask a prospective contractor before hiring them. A layover is a roofing term referring to the installation of new shingles directly over the existing roof covering. While it is a cheaper option than a complete tear-off, it is a temporary solution that will do more damage on your roof over the short term.

Move on to another prospect if they provide any answer expressing their willingness to perform this particular roofing job.

“Can You Leave the Roofing Estimate in My Mailbox?”

If they answer “yes” and let them do it, you are losing your chance to ask more questions about their products or installation practices. The final price may increase when materials change or when more work is needed than what was expected.

If your residential roof requires storm damage restoration, you’d take “no” for an answer—an experienced contractor will first let you choose which materials you prefer and determine the full extent of the roof damage through an inspection to ensure an accurate estimate.

“Who Will Be on the Job Site?”

Ask this question to give you an idea of who will be taking charge of your roof repair or installation. It could be the owner and/or manager of the roofing company or the project manager trained by the organization. Don’t settle for those that say their roofers are experienced and don’t require supervision. The efficient installation will only happen when an industry expert is overseeing the whole project.

Affordable Roofing Systems is the leading contractor Tampa FL for your storm and hail damage roof repair or replacement needs. Give us a call at (813) 542-8462 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free estimate. We serve Tampa, Brandon and Largo, FL.

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