Asking the Right Questions Before a Roof Estimate

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Once you’ve made the decision to replace your roof, the next step is to contact a roof contractor – or several – and get a few estimates. There are many contractors who will be competing for your business, and there’s a lot more that goes into finding the right contractor beyond the price. Replacing your roof is a big investment, so having faith that you’ve found the right contractor to do the job is important.

What Insurance Do You Carry?

Your roof contractor should be licensed and carry both workman’s compensation and general liability insurance. Workman’s compensation insurance covers all the workers who will be on your property and any injuries they may sustain while working on your property. General liability insurance covers your actual property and any damage that may happen to your house or property. Roofing does carry some risks, and you need to make sure you are protected. Without both of these insurance policies, any mishaps could be very expensive for you as the homeowner. A good roof contractor will not only carry both along with their license, but will be happy to provide documentation to you.

What Does A Roof Contractor Need Access to for an Estimate?

Ask your roof contractor what their estimate will entail. Will they need to go inside your home? What will they be looking for? Will they need access to your attic? Do they need access to your garage? Most roof contractors need to look for signs of water damage or rot, and they will generally need to use your attic space to confirm what’s going on under the current shingles. If a roof contractor wants to skip this step, it’s not a good sign.

What Does Your Roof Replacement Process Look Like?

This may involve several questions that may not show up in your written estimate but are important to know before selecting who will be working on your roof. Will your roof contractor be working on several jobs simultaneously? If so, who can you expect at your home daily? What time can you expect the work to start daily? It’s important to know how the roof contractor will handle inclement weather. Most will cover the work with something, but it’s important to verify that your home’s interior will be protected. It’s also worth asking what will happen if the poor weather extends for several days, and if someone will come out and ascertain that the covering is holding. You’ll also need to know how the roof contractor plans on protecting your landscaping, or if there will be someone on the job site daily who can communicate with you if you have questions. Ask the roof contractor to walk you through what the job will look like from start to finish.

What Will Your Roof Contractor Expect from You?

Most quality roof contractors will take care of the entire project, including removal of the old roof, disposal of the refuse, the project itself, and any clean up and finish work. This should all be spelled out in your estimate and subsequent contract. It’s important to know if your roof contractor expects you to be home during the project, or if they’ll need any additional access.


Choosing the right contractor is important to your roof replacement. The cheapest price may not be the right choice. Knowing what questions to ask can help you have confidence in choosing the right roof contractor for the job. We pride ourselves in over 75 years of home improvement experience and we are a local company you can trust. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors today to schedule a virtual appointment with our installation experts! It’s a great time to make some improvements to your home, and a new roof is a great project to start with. Let’s talk soon.


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