What to Know Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor


The roofing industry has seen a bit of an explosion the last few years. With insurance companies covering roofs damaged by hail and wind it seems that there is a new roofing company cropping up every 10 minutes. With an explosion in an industry like that it goes without saying that there will be less than reputable companies out there to deal with. Unfortunately these are the ones that are going to show up at your door quickest.

Before you hire, take the time to get some information from them. It is important to remember that even reputable roofing companies can work with your insurance company, so it is best to take the time to interview and make sure you are getting the best roof possible. Here are five questions you can ask your roofing company before you hire them…

1. Are you Licensed and Insured?

Specifically, do you have liability coverage, a current license and worker’s insurance? If any one of these is a ‘no’ it immediately throws a red flag and you should look elsewhere. Even if the answer is yes, ask for documentation. The roofer should be able to provide relevant paperwork at a moment’s notice. If he can’t – chances are he doesn’t have them.

2. References

Most roofing companies will say ‘references available upon request’. So request them. These should be both client referrals and professional referrals. If the roofer balks on supplying references it is a bad sign and time to find another provider.

3. Time Frame and Schedule

Ask the roofer what the time frame is on the repairs. Get an estimate on turnaround. There is nothing worse that paying for a job without a schedule in place. Get the roofer to commit to the timeline.

4. The Deposit

Find out from the beginning what is required as far as up-front money. It is good to know so you can plan your budget and to make sure there is good faith money involved to begin the job. Never pay for the entire job up front. If dealing with insurance companies be wary if the roofer requires payment expecting you to get reimbursed from the insurance. Wait for the check before beginning.

5. Preparation

Ask the roofer what you need to do to prepare for his work to begin. This can be an important and often overlooked step. Being prepared for the roofer to show up can save time and money by allowing the contractor to hit the ground running on the first day.


By being vigilant when hiring a contractor you can save yourself money, and a host of headaches in the months and years to come. It is no surprise that there are companies out there that will take shortcuts to save themselves time and money. However, by being armed with a little knowledge and knowing the right questions to ask, you can usually avoid these issues.


Source by K. Marc Anderson