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Top Questions to Ask Your Roofer

When you're thinking of hiring a potential roofing contractor, it can be a big decision. You want to find someone who does a great job and at an affordable price. To help you better navigate the ocean of roofers in your local South Carolina area, we're going to share with you some great questions that will reveal who the superior roofer is that will fit your building needs.

1. Are you licensed?

Roofing companies who are not fly-by-night companies will be licensed to do all your roofing work.

States require that all roofers operating within their boundaries retain an active license. This license requires that the roofing contractor have knowledge about the code requirements and specific building materials in your state. A quick jump online can reveal which roofers in the state of South Carolina are licensed. Each potential contractor that you speak with should have their own individual license number that you can look up online to verify that the company is actively licensed.

2. Do you have insurance?

One question that can't be overlooked is ensuring that a potential roofer has insurance for the work that they'll be doing. You want to specifically check for two types of insurance policies. The first is workers’ compensation insurance. This will allow you to be sure that if any injuries happen to the employees of the roofing company while they're working on your property, they’re insured. Without the worker's compensation insurance, your homeowner's insurance may have to cover the costs of medical expenses incurred by the employee.

You'll also want to ensure that the roofing company has general liability insurance. This type of insurance protects your property from any harm that may come to it at the fault of the roofing contractor. Be sure to verify the limit on both policies. You don't want a contractor with the bare minimum of $50,000 worth of insurance coverage working on your $500,000 home as their insurance is not likely to fully cover any major mishaps that may happen.

3. Does your team do the work or do you subcontract?

There's nothing worse than going through the process of meeting roofing contractors and picking out your favorite to discover they subcontract—especially if you want to meet the people that will be actually completing the work on your home. You don't want to deal with a middleman roofing company that hires out your job to a subcontractor that does sub-par work. Make sure to speak with any potential roofing contractors and ask if they do all their work in-house. This will set you up for the best chance of getting quality work.

4. Will you be removing my old shingles?

Depending on the level of roofing contractor that you decide to hire, you may find that some may just want to shingle over your old roof. This is referred to as “reroofing” and it can be the right solution for you, or it can be a problem in the long run.

There may be soft spots or other issues that have not been properly identified without removing the old shingles. This could lead to more problems going forward even once a new roof is installed. Secondly, it will cost more money to remove multiple roofing layers than it would to remove one. Make sure you ask your roofing contractor about the differences in reroofing or replacing your roof to find the best solution for you and your home’s needs.

As you've learned, hiring a roofer is a big decision. Local roofing companies are usually your safest bet as they are filled with experts with years of experience in your area backing up their work.

Bauer Roofing has over 40 years of on-site roofing experience. When you hire our team, you know we provide you with a quality roof time after time. It doesn't matter if you live in Orangeburg, Sumter, Florence, Charleston, or Greenville, Bauer will be there to help. Be sure to contact us today to set up your next roofing service!

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