Having a roof repaired or replaced is stressful enough. But when you are searching for a roofing contractor in San Mateo, how do you know who is reputable and will get the job done correctly? You are not a roofing contractor and may feel vulnerable even trying to discuss roof repairs or a replacement with a contractor. Here are some questions to ask so you can go into that discussion with your eyes wide open.

Are You Licensed?

Here in San Mateo and throughout California, you must be a licensed roofing contractor to work on any roofing projects exceeding $500. If you aren’t sure, ask to see a copy of the license.

Do You Carry Workers’ Compensation and General Liability Insurance?

Workers’ compensation covers the contractor’s employees in case of injury on the job. General liability covers you in the case of damage to your property while work is being done. You may want to ask to see the actual insurance certificates.

Do You Use Subcontractors?

Some contractors will use subcontractors for roofing work. Now you will need to know if these people have the appropriate insurance coverage since they don’t work directly for the contractor you are hiring.

Are You Removing My Old Roof?

If a contractor is talking about shingling over your old roof, run the other way. The old roof should always be removed to ensure that old problems don’t rear their ugly heads in the future.

Do You Supply the Container for the Disposal of Debris From a Roof Replacement?

A roof replacement creates a lot of debris. Your contractor should supply the container for the disposed debris and also haul it from your property afterward.

How Will You Protect My Property From Damage?

Roofers use a lot of heavy equipment to fix or replace your roof. These will need to be on your property during the job. What will happen if a piece of their equipment damages your landscaping or the gutters on your home? How does the contractor ensure against these things happening in the first place?

If You Find Rotten Roof Decking, How Much Will the New Plywood Decking Cost?

This would be considered one of those nasty “hidden costs” that some roofers fail to disclose. Your San Mateo roofing contractor should be able to tell you exactly how much you will be charged per sheet of plywood if it is necessary.

What if Work is Stopped Due to Inclement Weather?

If the weather turns ugly sometime midpoint in your roof repair or replacement, how does the contractor secure their material and their partially finished work? How will they protect your home from this weather if any part of your interior is exposed?

Will You Have Someone Onsite For Me to Ask Questions Of?

Who will be the project manager or someone you can talk to and direct questions to during the process?

What is the Warranty on My New Roof?

The industry standard for new shingles is a minimum of 25 years. Other materials will vary. Do your homework and question anything under what the industry suggests.

Here at Shelton Roofing, we are a licensed and insured San Mateo roofing contractor that never has hidden costs or agendas. Serving the entire Bay area since 1942, we offer exceptional and professional roof services that you can trust. Contact us today for a free estimate.