If your roof was recently damaged by wind or hail storms, you’re likely searching for a reliable solution for your roof as soon as possible. However, searching for a reputable roofing contractor who you can trust to protect your most significant investment can be a stressful endeavor.
We understand that you want to invest in top-notch roofing products, but more importantly, a dependable, local Indianapolis roofing contractor who is skilled, reputable, and honest.
Ask your roofing contractor this list of eight questions during the hiring process to ensure that you receive a safe, reliable roof that protects your family and home for decades to come.
1. Are You a Local Company?
Choosing a local company is one of the best ways to ensure reputable, high-quality work for your roof repair or replacement.
When you work with a local contractor, especially in Indianapolis, you will avoid storm chasers—contractors who are responding to a big storm or weather event. Often, storm chasers will leave you with a poorly constructed roof that may cause damage to your home.
Unfortunately, roofing scams and shoddy work are far too common. Ask for your contractor’s phone number and physical address during the hiring process to verify that you are hiring a local company. The company you hire should have an established reputation in the community for offering excellent workmanship and honoring warranties.
2. What Roofing Products Do You Use?
From asphalt shingles to slate roofing, there are dozens of roofing styles and products available for your roof replacement.
Before hiring a roofing contractor, you’ll likely already have an idea of the roofing style you want for your roof replacement.
Not only should your Indianapolis roofing contractor be an expert in installing the type of roofing material you are eyeing, but they should also use reputable roofing products that are long-lasting, durable, and homeowner-approved.
JD Hostetter uses Malarkey Roofing Products, GAF Roofing Products, and Owens Corning Duration shingles to ensure our customers are delighted with their roof replacement.
3. Are You Licensed and Insured?
Your contractor should be fully licensed and insured to protect you and your home during the roof installation process. Here are some specific questions to ask your Indianapolis contractor about their licensing and insurance:
- Are you licensed in the state of Indiana and familiar with the state’s codes?
- Is your license current?
- Do you carry workman’s compensation insurance?
- Do you have general liability insurance?
Workman’s compensation protects you from being held liable if anyone is injured while working on your property. General liability insurance verifies that if your home or property is damaged during the construction process, you won’t be responsible for covering the repair costs.
4. Will You Remove My Old Roof?
Depending on the extent of damage to your roof, some contractors might decide to cover up the underlying damage by adding new shingles—a temporary fix. Covering the problem might look nice on the outside, but it can cause further damage to your roof and home down the road.
Verify that your roofing contractor will remove your old roof before installing a new one to ensure that your roof will last for years to come.
5. Will You Remove Debris and Waste?
Your roof replacement will create a lot of waste, like nails, shingles, plywood, and other debris. Confirm that your contractor will handle the disposal of these materials, so you don’t have to dispose of the trash when your roof installation is complete.
6. What Warranties Do You Provide?
Don’t forget to ask about the manufacturer’s warranty on your roof. If you install asphalt shingles, they should come with at least a 25-to-30-year warranty—although a 50-year guarantee or lifetime warranty is even better!
Remember that your contractor’s workmanship warranty should ideally match the manufacturer’s warranty for your roofing materials.
Ask your contractor any questions about warranties before the project begins. It’s vital to understand the benefits of your warranties so you can use them if necessary.
7. Will You Provide a Written Estimate?
Before you agree for your roofing contractor to complete any work on your home, you should request a written estimate.
A detailed estimate for the job will verify that you and your contractor are on the same page regarding the cost of removing your old roof, installing the new one, and the cost of materials.
8. How Long Will the Job Take to Complete?
A roof replacement can have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day life. Once your contractor begins to work on your roof installation, chances are, you will not want the project to be delayed.
In addition to providing a written estimate, ask your contractor to give an agreed-upon end date for the project. You and your contractor should be on the same page about how long the job will take to complete.
Choose JD Hostetter for Expert, Reliable Roof Installation in Indianapolis
Are you ready for a durable, long-lasting roof installation for your Indianapolis home?
For over 15 years, JD Hostetter has helped hundreds of satisfied clients to love coming home again. We care about you as our customer, and we will treat your home like our own during the installation process.
As the Indianapolis Malarkey Emerald Pro Roofing Contractor, our team installs high-quality products with excellent workmanship to ensure you can enjoy the full benefits of your long-lasting warranty.
Contact us today for all your roofing needs!