Question To ask when hiring a roofing contractor.

It’s not a matter of denying the issue or delaying it. There are water spots in the ceiling. There are some shingles in your backyard. There are squirrels, birds or raccoons inside your attic (or perhaps all three!). No matter what the situation the signs are evident the time is now for an replacement roof.

Where can I find the most reliable roofing contractors who are accredited in my region?

A new roof or roof repair begins with choosing the right roofing contractor to complete the task. You can locate the best roofers who are certified in your region through our extensive network of roofing contractors who are independent in the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network.

Contractors and roofing companies that are part of the Owens Corning Roofing Contractor Network are chosen for their dedication to providing excellent customer service, trustworthiness and quality workmanship. They must also be able to meet the highest standards and fulfill the strict requirements. These include:

  • Possessing all state and local permits.
  • At least $1,000,000 of General Liability Insurance.
  • Screening for financial stability in addition to customer support.

$1M Liability Insurance / Outstanding Customer Service/Workmanship Inspection

What Do I Need to Know? need a Roofing Contractor?

Building a new roofing system, or fixing an existing one is a major undertaking and an investment in your home. It is best to work with a certified and reliable roofer who knows roof materials and safety as well as building codes and requirements will ensure that the job is done properly. There are also warranties giving you the assurance that the roofing company will stand by their work for many years to follow.

If you’re looking to complete the roofing repair, or replacement by yourself or with your own hands, then you’ll be interested in DIY roofing 101However, we strongly recommend hiring an qualified roofer for whatever your roofing needs might be!

Okay. I’m looking to employ a roofing contractor, but How do I know who is Qualified and Who’s Not?

Most homeowners begin with a list of 2-5 roofing companies who they meet with two to three before making a final decision on the contractor they want to use to do the task.

Looking for a qualified roofing company on the internet, or obtaining suggestions from family and friends are two options to start making a list of roofing contractors you want to think about however, they may not provide all the data you require to know who’s certified and who’s not.

Making your choice based on the advice of others or your gut is risky if you don’t know the details about the contractor. So, these are the 13 questions you should ask that can help you determine your preferred contractor and select the best roofing contractor for your project:

  1. Are you covered with enough assurance? Your roofer should have insurance in place to safeguard your home from damage caused by accidents. Owens Corning Roofing Platinum and Preferred Contractors hold at least $1,000,000 of general liability coverage.
  2. Do you provide additional warranty* and labor*insurance? Your roofing contractor is likely to be able to provide a limited warranty which could include coverage for workmanship. Owens Corning Roofing Platinum and Preferred Contractors offer several different levels of Roofing System Limited Warranties, which provide the possibility of an entire lifetime of coverage for workmanship and materials.+
  3. Do you have an explanation for my guarantee? Your roofing contractor must clarify the warranty and provide clear instructions on who to contact in case of an issue. Find out if shingles damaged are replaced at a the replacement cost prorated or at the their original price and if any the labor costs are added to. Find out more about our warranty on this page.
  4. What roofing materials should you select for your roof? Not all roofing products are alike as well, so make sure the roofing company you choose to work with is an established brand you can be confident in. Find out more information regarding Owens Corning (r) roofing products here..
  5. Do you have to give me a written estimates? Your roofing contractor must give an estimate that is complete with a description of the job to be done, as well as the work that might need been contracted-out.
  6. Are you in compliance with the local building codes? Your roofer should be aware of and comply with all building codes in the area.
  7. Please give me the names of your the references? Ask for references and contact a few of them.
  8. Do you conduct an extensive examination? In addition to looking for damage from storms and roof leaks, your roofing contractor should complete a thorough inspection of the complete structure of the roof including the attic, deck flashing, chimney soil stacks, and any other roof penetrations.
  9. Are you able to verify sufficient airflow? Your roofer should examine the current attic ventilation and discuss the importance of adequate ventilation. It’s also important to check the roof from the inside of the attic in order to determine whether the ventilation system is operating correctly. Incorrect ventilation could damage the shingles and void the warranty of your manufacturer. Learn more about ventilation and consult our calculator for ventilation on this page.
  10. Do you want to install a an underlayment made of synthetic? Roofers will install either the felt or synthetic underneathlayment as the initial layer of protection for the roof deck. If you’re looking for the most advanced protection from leaks, mold, and water absorption then you’ll need to ensure that the contractor uses an artificial product instead of felt. Find out more information on Owens Corning (r) synthetic underlayment materials by clicking here.
  11. strong data-hj’s ignore-attributes =””>Will you be installing water and ice barriers? Based on the circumstances, additional ice and barrier to water between the roof shingles as well as the deck could be required to stop ice from damming, rain driven by wind, or the accumulation of water. Find out the details about Owens Corning(r) Ice and water barriers here.
  12. Strong data-hj-ignore attributes =””>Will you adhere to the specifications of the manufacturer? Your roofing contractor should be acquainted with and adhere to the manufacturer’s specifications as improper application of the specifications could negatively impact your warranty from the manufacturer. Owens Corning (r) Roof specifications can be downloaded from the product pages. They can be found on the document library. Library.
  13. Can you describe how my roofing system functions? Your roofer should give a detailed description of the roofing system, and how each component functions in order to make informed choices. Find out more about the Owens Corning(r) Total Protection roofing System(r)by clicking here.

Print or download or print the Contractor Checklist for reference to ensure you have the necessary information to select the ideal roofing contractor for the repair or replacement of your roof project.

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