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3 Essential Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Roofing Professional

Do you have a roof that's starting to look a bit old? Are you worried that it might start leaking any day now and you want to get it replaced before that happens? In general, a home's roof will only need to be replaced once or twice during the lifetime of an owner. On the one hand, it's good that you won't have to deal with this kind of thing on a yearly basis. On the other hand, a lack of practice does make it seem more difficult and stressful to replace the roof than it actually is. By asking the right questions, you'll be able to choose the right professional for your needs. The first things you should ask any potential roofer are as follows.

What kind of roofing do you do? This should be spelled out on the roofer's website or in whatever ad led you to them. However, there are times when it's ambiguous or you should be double-checking. A roofing company generally does commercial or residential roof replacement, but they sometimes do a mix of the two. Even if they do residential roofs, they may not be willing or able to tackle roofs that are unusual for your area. For instance, if you have a wood or faux wood shingle roof in an area that more commonly uses asphalt shingles, there may only be one or two local roofing companies that are going to be able to help you. Different roofing materials require slightly different tools and skillsets.

When is the soonest that you'd be able to start working? Many qualified roofing professionals find themselves fully booked for weeks or even months from the current date. This is especially true for early to mid-summer. If your roof is currently leaking, you're probably going to want to keep looking to see if you can find someone who is able to get to the job sooner. But if you are replacing it to prevent leaks, you may well be willing to wait on your residential roof replacement until your desired professional is available. 

Are you licensed and insured or bonded? Work with companies or contractors that are fully licensed according to your state regulations and that carry insurance or a bond to pay for any accidents that might occur on your property.

To learn more, contact a company that offers residential roof replacement services in your local area.