If you have noticed some problems with your roof and have contacted a roofing company to do the repairs, you may think you can just leave everything up to them. However, to be sure you are not being overcharged for the job, and that it is done correctly, there are a few things you need to check before the work is started and some to check once the work is done but before paying for it. Once you have decided on the company to work with, keep the following in mind:
Permits and Insurance
There are two things you need to check before allowing any work to be done other than the initial inspection. The first is that the company has applied for and received any permits necessary to do the work. The second is to ask for confirmation from the company's insurance company that they are covered to do all the work necessary. You do not want to be fined in the future because a permit was not filed or end up with a large claim against your homeowner's insurance because the company did not have the proper coverage for the work.
Is All the Work Necessary?
If you have a shingle roof, and there is only one layer of shingles, you may not have to have them removed before the new roofing is put on. As long as the understructure is sound, you can have new shingles put on over the existing ones as long as this has not been done before. If there are two layers already, they will need to be removed. If the understructure is rotted, severely warped, or falling apart, everything should be taken off and a completely new roof installed. Make sure you understand what is being done and why before you sign any contract with the company. Ask to see the damage to make sure.
A lot of trash will be coming off the roof during the project. Make sure that the roofing company brings some type of dumpster and uses it at the end of the day to pick up all trash around the house. Once the job is done, ask to have the magnet brought in to check for any nails in the yard. They will have a large magnet on wheels to roll over your entire yard that will pick up all the nails so you won't have to worry about someone stepping on them or having them puncture a tire.
A respectable roofing company will have no problem with you asking questions and requiring proof of a permit, insurance, and the work done. In fact, some will offer it to you before you have a chance to ask. Knowing what to look for is the best way to make sure the job was done correctly, and you won't have to worry about having more work done for many years.
Contact a company like Maynor Roofing & Siding Co for more information and assistance.