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10 Important Questions To Ask A Roofer Before Hiring Them

How To Know Your Roofer Is Legitimate

Spring in Oklahoma is notorious for producing strong winds, hail, rain, and other unfavorable conditions which can wreak havoc on your roof. If you’ve noticed damage and plan to hire a roofer for repairs, there are some important details about that roofer you’re going to want to know!

To make sure you’re hiring a legitimate roofer and not just some out-of-towner looking to make a quick buck, consider asking these 10 important questions:

1.) Are you licensed? Never hire an unlicensed “professional” as you can’t guarantee their work and make sure that if they have a license that it is up-to-date.

2.) Do you have insurance? The answer you’re looking for is that they have workman’s comp insurance so that they don’t cause you trouble if they were to get injured on your property. They should also have their own general liability insurance to cover your property from any mishaps they may accidentally cause.

3.) Will you remove my old roof? Believe it or not there are those roofers who will put new shingles right over your current roof which is not only as ridiculous as it sounds, but it can cause even more problems, later. You need a roofer willing to remove the old roof.

4.) Will you install drip edge or edge metal when you install the new roof? This metal protects the wood on your roof by extending past the roof and allowing water to flow into, rather than behind, the gutters.

5.) Do you bring a container for waste material and if so where will you put it? You don’t want to be stuck cleaning up a mess of old shingles by yourself. The roofer or company should bring a container or truck to haul the waste. If they want to park in your driveway ask them what they will do if their truck or container causes your driveway to crack.

6.) What happens if inclement weather rolls in during the job? You want to know the roofer will take caution and cover cover the roof with protective tarps or plastic covers.

7.) Do you have a local phone number I can reach you at? If the roofer you’re trying to hire won’t let you call them if something goes wrong, then don’t hire them! You need to know that after the work is completed, you can still reach that roofer if need be.

8.) What is the warranty on my new roof? Don’t accept a new roof that doesn’t come along with a minimum warranty of 25 years.

9.) What will the price of replacement plywood be? If your roofer finds rotten or soft roof decking, they’ll need to replace it before putting new shingles on. You’ll want to know the cost of this repair up front so that you’re not blindsided by unfair pricing at the end of the job.

10.) Is there going to be someone on site with whom I can communicate? You want to know there is a project manager on site with whom you can communicate your concerns, should there be any.

When the storms hit, roofing in Oklahoma turns into a game of chance for a lot of people. We hope you found this list of questions to ask your roofer helpful to ensure that you get treated fairly while having your roofing needs met.

Need a professional roofer? Try one of these trusted sources:

(1.) Contact Name: Brent Wilson
Phone #: 405-923-2686

(2.) Contact Name: Christian Pacheco
Phone #: 405-468-6784

Roof

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Roof Repairs

High Price For Skipping Roof Repairs

The last few seasons brought a lot of ice, hail, rain and other unfavorable conditions to your roof.

A lot of homeowners make the mistake of believing that if nothing bad happened to their roof during those times then they are in the clear when summer arrives.

Don’t be fooled!

There’s a high price for skipping roof repairs. The truth is that roof damage can, sometimes, be unnoticeable to the average homeowner and ignoring small problems, now, could actually hinder the roof even more in the long run.

A lot of times you might notice smudge-like marks in the shingles and think nothing is wrong when, in fact, the loosened ceramic granule particles were there to protect your roof from the sun’s harsh UV rays. If the protection is gone then that leaves the tar underneath exposed to the hot air and the sunlight.

Eventually, the tar will be melted and leave the wood wide open for water entry. Fast forward a year or so and this means big trouble.

If you think it’s a hassle to call your insurance provider with a claim for damage after a storm, imagine what it would be like to tell them that a portion of your roof caved in.

According to data gathered from ImproveNet, the average cost of storm, wind and hail damage is $5,757. If flooding were to take place the cost to refurbish the home would depend on the extent of the damage.

Some people can testify paying for damages up to $70,000. We don’t think it’s in anyone’s best interest to pay that much due to neglecting their roof repairs. It’s probably best to bite the bullet and call a roofer at the first sign of damage rather than wait until it’s much too late.

For safety reasons, we don’t recommend anyone climbing onto their own roof. The good news is that some roofers will offer you a free inspection before you decide to spend any money.

Need a professional roofer? Try this trusted source:

Name: Brent Wilson
Phone #: 405-923-2686

Hail Damage- Edmond Home Inspection

Edmond Home Inspection: What Hail Really Does To Your Roof

Edmond home inspection: The damage you don’t see

I have been completing a lot of Edmond home inspections lately and I keep noticing a lot of hail damage on the roofs which have never been fixed. It occurred to me that many homeowners can’t understand why they should bother with insurance claims and replacing a roof that they can barely see any damage on. I understand that thought process, but I also know what is really going on with your roof when hail has hit. I feel, as your Edmond home inspection specialist, that I should explain a bit more about what hail really does to your roof.

From the Edmond home inspection client point of view: What you see

Chances are what you see when you go outside and look at your roof is, at best, some very tiny smudge marks in the gritty, sandy textured part of your asphalt shingles. Sometimes, just from a ground view it can be hard to see anything at all. This often causes homeowners to think nothing is wrong with their roof after hail has hit.

From the Edmond home inspection professional point of view: What the inspector sees

When I see those smudge marks, what I see are dents, divots or loosened ceramic granule particles. Those particles are there to protect your roof from the sun’s harsh UV rays. Over time, those particles will be knocked off or washed away. In Oklahoma, the wind and rain play a large role in this (and we all know how very windy it can be)! When enough of the ceramic granules disappear, it leaves the tar underneath exposed and it will be melted by the sun! After the tar melts, the wood is wide open for water entry and that is when leaks begin.

Edmond home inspection tip:

You should have your roof inspected after any major hail storm to identify the location of potential damage. You don’t want to wait until there is a serious problem to get things taken care of, because waiting for the leak to make it inside your home will do external and internal damage.

About me:

I’m Jan Banks of Inside Out Home Inspection Services. I do Edmond home inspections. I am dedicated to serving all customer inspection needs across this Edmond area. I have over 20 years experience in the construction industry as an estimator, job superintendent and a licensed General Contractor.