Installing a new roof can be a daunting experience if it’s your first time. But with the help of a qualified and trusted contractor, you can worry less and start enjoying the benefits of a new roof. Before selecting your roofing contractor, consider these questions to help you find the right one.

1. Are you insured?
All contractors should have general liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance. This protects you and your home from any damage done to your home or if anyone gets injured while conducting the work.

2. Do you have references from past clients?
It’s always a good idea to talk with previous clients to get first-hand accounts of the contractor’s previous work to vet their quality of construction.

3. Does your work come with a warranty?
Some contractors will provide warranty for their work on top of the manufacturer’s warranty for the materials used. Make sure to get all this information prior to any work taking place.

4. How long will my project take?
It’s important to understand how long it will take to complete a project to ensure proper and realistic timelines are set. This will prepare you and your family for any inconveniences that arise because of the work.

5. How do you protect the yard while working on my roof?
Roofing work can create quite a mess of materials between the shingles, tarps, and nails. Make sure to verify that any roofing contractor will work to protect the landscaping and yard from damage as well.

6. How do you protect my gutters while conducting your work?
Make sure your roofing contractor uses either ladder stabilizers or standoffs which won’t damage the gutter on your home.

7. Who will be my main point of contact on site?
There are usually several different workers involved on a roofing project. Get the name and contact information of your site contact in case there are any issues during the project.

8. Do I need to obtain permits? Or is that included in your service?
In most cases, you don’t need a permit to work on the roof of your home. But check with your contractor and local legislation for confirmation.

9. Do you offer a maintenance program?
Some roofing companies will offer to perform maintenance on your new roof at a discounted cost. While not always available, it’s a good idea to ask when picking your roofing contractor.