3 Vital Questions To Ask Before Hiring A Roofing Contractor

Have you recently experienced a storm that damaged your home's roof? Are you wanting to get it fixed before another storm comes and causes more damage? Dealing with a roof that's been damaged by hail or strong winds can be a stressful experience. Not only do you have to find someone to fix your roof, you also have to deal with your insurance company and either repair or replace everything that may have been damaged by any rain that leaked through the roof. Fortunately, you can make at least some of this process easier by asking the right questions when you're looking for a qualified roofing contractor. Some of the most important things you need to ask include:

Who will handle the insurance paperwork? In some instances, a roofing contractor will be more than willing to deal with the majority of the insurance paperwork on your behalf. All you'll have to do is to read over the documents that they have prepared and sign them. On the other hand, if you want more control over the situation, you might prefer to act as a middleman between the contractor and the insurance company. In the first instance, the insurance company might pay the roofer directly, while in the second instance, you may be expected to pay for the repairs yourself, and then the insurance company will reimburse you. Neither option is clearly better or worse than the other, but you should know the process before you agree to anything.

How soon can you get started? After a big storm, a good roofing contractor may be backed up for weeks or even months from the date of the storm. Although this can be frustrating, it's also a good sign that the roofer you called is a reputable one. If most of the roofers except one in your area are backed up with work, you should reconsider thinking about hiring them as there may be a less than desirable reason why they're available. 

Is there anything you can do immediately? If it's going to be several days or weeks before work can begin on your roof repair, you're going to be understandably worried about things getting worse in the meantime. Fortunately, for a relatively small fee, a roofing contractor should be able to send someone out to affix a large tarp to the damaged area. This will help keep water out and prevent things from getting worse until actual repairs can begin. Doing this will also prevent you from being forced to turn to less than reputable people who claim to be roofing contractors but who actually are not.

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