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Questions to Ask a Roofer Before Hiring

Questions to Ask a Roofer Before Hiring

It is not news to most that Miami has received a reputation over the years as being a hotspot for deceptive business practices. Many business managers and homeowners in the area have been victims of contractor fraud who have been cheated out of money for a less than pleasing finished product or service. Even more concerning is when those who paid out a deposit to get a job done find that the contractor or company has disappeared with no way to be found.

Unfortunately, there are countless scenarios related to dishonest business practices in this region. Needless to say, hiring a roofer can also be tricky. This task requires acquiring some important knowledge before setting out to find a roofer in Miami or the surrounding areas.

Below is a ‘hiring a roofer checklist’. This will help you with asking any commercial or residential roofer in Miami the most important questions in order to avoid being scammed or disappointed later.

The Top 10 Questions to Ask a Roofer in Miami

Are you a licensed and insured roofing contractor?

All roofing contractors in Miami MUST be licensed and insured in order to offer any type of roofing services. Workers’ compensation insurance is also required, and the contractor will have the ability to provide a certificate of insurance for your project specifically.

Are you experienced and how long have you been in business?

This is a simple question and the contractor you’re interviewing should have a prompt answer. Today, online reviews and other available information offer excellent resources for verifying any business’ reputation. Be sure to do your due diligence before making any final decisions about hiring a roofer.

Will you please provide some references from previous projects?

Any reputable roofing contractor will be able to provide previous work references to ensure that their skills and experience are capable of performing the work you are requesting for your property. If they hesitate or fail to provide these references, this is a sure sign that you need to keep looking.

Will a warranty be offered for the roofing system, as well as for the work your company provides?

A legitimate roofing company will be certified with the manufacturer of the roofing system materials, and able to provide a warranty for both the material and the work performed. Specific details should be provided that will clearly state what the roof warranty covers and for how long.

Are you experienced with the type of roofing system and materials required for this project?

Each type of roof (i.e. metal, flat, TPO, asphalt, concrete, etc.) will be installed differently and require expertise by the roofer. Be sure to ask for specifics. When the contractor provides references, it will be important to ask for references pertaining to the type of roofing material and system that will be used for your new or replacement roofing project.

What is involved in your roofing installation or replacement procedures?

The roofing contractor you are interviewing should be able to explain, in detail, the methods used to complete your project. You will want to clearly understand the process of removing the existing roofing materials, inspecting the damage underneath the existing roof, and installing the new roof.

Will you please provide a written estimate?

Your local roofer is expected to prepare (and usually with no expense) a finely detailed quote in writing that will include all materials, labor, required permits, as well as any additional expenses. A well-prepared estimate will cover (for the most part) all expenses involved in installing a new or replacing an existing roof.

How long will the roofing project take to complete?

There should be no ‘beating around the bush’ about this question. If your roofing contractor is truly experienced, he will have a concrete answer as to start and completion dates. However, keep in mind that these calculations will be an estimate, as it is common for some delays due to various factors.

Do you have proof of insurance?

A qualified Miami roofer will be able to provide a certificate to verify proof of general liability insurance. This will protect everyone involved from third party damages, you, the contractor, his employees and anyone who enters the job site.

What are your clean-up procedures after the project is completed?

Too often, contractors finish up a project without cleaning up their mess. Leaving this particular question out may put you in a difficult predicament. Your roofer should be able to respond with an answer that includes (and put in writing) that he (or his team) will be responsible for removing all debris, nails, materials and anything left behind. When they leave the job site, it should appear that they were never there (other than an impressive new or replaced roof).

Request a Consultation from One of the Best Miami Roofers

Whether you are in search of a Miami roofer for your residential or commercial project, A-1 Property Services is a GAF certified roofer who is standing by and ready to provide you with a no-obligation roofing estimate. We realize that there are countless Miami roofing companies available, but our team has been serving Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas since 2006. We have been referred to by many of our previous customers as ‘the best roofing company in Miami’. Our A+ BBB rating also helps to ensure that our team can be counted on for exceptional service!

A-1 Property Services is also available for roofing inspections, repairs, commercial maintenance plans (that are tax deductible), and roof waterproofing services. Call us today to request a quote at 786-386-1149 or simply contact us online for non-emergency assistance.

Questions to Ask a Roofer Before Hiring