Finding and hiring a professional contractor can be a difficult task. However, using this checklist you can help ensure you are hiring a local and professional contractor.
Will they perform a thorough inspection? In addition to checking for storm damage, your contractor should perform a thorough inspection of the entire roofing system, including the deck, attic, flashing, chimney, soil stacks and other roof penetrations.
Will they install underlayment? Depending on several conditions, additional ice and water underlayment between the shingles and the wood deck may be needed to help prevent ice damming, wind driven rain or collected water.
Will they follow the manufacturer’s specifications? Your contractor should be familiar with and follow all manufacturer’s specifications since improper application can affect your manufacturer’s warranty.
Will they provide an explanation of your warranty? Your contractor should explain your warranty and be clear about whom to call with a problem. Find out if defective shingles are replaced for prorated replacement cost or original cost and if labor charges are additional.
Will they check for adequate ventilation? Your contractor should check the existing attic ventilation and explain the importance of proper ventilation. Improper ventilation can damage your shingles and invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty.
Will they explain how your roofing system works? Your contractor should offer a thorough explanation of the entire roofing system and how all the parts work together so you can make educated decisions.