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Before hiring a roofer to replace or repair your home's roof, there are a few critical questions you must ask. In addition to the obvious questions such as those involving rates and experience, brush up on your roofing knowledge to asked pointed, insightful questions. The answers you receive will show you whether the roofer you're considering is the best one for you. Rockland County roofing professionals should be able to provide you with answers to your questions that will ease your mind. Here are some critical questions you should ask before you sign on the dotted line.

Are you licensed with workers' compensation insurance?

Your roofer should be able to prove he is licensed in your state. However, each state is different in their requirements for licensure. Only hire roofers who are licensed, insured and bonded to protect both parties during the time the company is on your property. Make sure the roofer has workman's compensation insurance in case an employee gets injured on the job; otherwise, you could be responsible for paying for that person's medical bills in the event of an accident. While workman's compensation covers employees, general liability insurance covers the property itself. You don't want to be responsible for an accident occurring to your roof or home and have to face covering the losses.

Will you protect my gutter system during the roof work?

Reputable roofers will use standoffs and ladder stabilizers to guard against damage to your gutters. Those who don't risk tearing up your gutters because they're leaning directly on them without some type of protection. Stabilizers keep the weight of the equipment and laborers off your gutters, so you end up with a beautiful roof and your gutter system is left intact.

A roofer at Precision Roofing of Rockland County can answer questions regarding shingle replacement or TPO roofing.

Where will you put the refuse container?

Replacing a roof is a big job, one that generates a lot of waste. Many roofers bring dumpster-like containers to the jobsite to collect the old shingles and other debris. However, placement of this heavy container could damage your property, especially if it rests on your asphalt driveway. Ask the uncomfortable question of who is responsible if your driveway cracks. If you don't like what you hear, ask about alternate locations for this container.

How will you care for the rest of my property?

Just like you don't want your gutters to suffer as a result of this roofing project, you also don't want the hard work you put into your shrubs, plants and flowers to go to waste either. Lawns can get torn up, and shrubs can be beaten down from falling debris throughout the process. Ask what the roofer will do to correct the damage that will inevitably occur.

Will there be a project manager on site to answer questions?

After a long day at work, you don't want to come home to a messy construction site only to be met with blank stares when you have a question about the job. Ensure a project manager or someone else in charge will always be on the site to address problems and concerns as they come up. Asking pertinent questions of your roofer is imperative to a quality job.

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