Top Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

As the temperatures begin to drop here in Fort Wayne, you might be taking a close look at your roof to determine if it'll last through another winter. If you think that your roof has seen better days, now is the right time to get in touch with a local roof contractor in the area. It's no secret that a new roof is quite the investment, and you don't want to pick just any average Joe contractor from the search engines.


As the temperatures begin to drop here in Fort Wayne, you might be taking a close look at your roof to determine if it'll last through another winter. If you think that your roof has seen better days, now is the right time to get in touch with a local roof contractor in the area. It's no secret that a new roof is quite the investment, and you don't want to pick just any average Joe contractor from the search engines.

Before you decide to move forward with your roofing project, here are the top questions to ask your contractor before signing on the dotted line:

What Type of Shingles Do You Use?


One of the most common materials for shingles in the Fort Wayne area is asphalt. Asphalt is a popular option because it lasts for years and properly protects your home. However, the quality of the shingles is a big deal when it comes to providing proper protection.

If you opt for low quality shingles to save a few dollars, you might run into issues down the line such as the shingles curling or bucking from sun exposure. Furthermore, low quality shingles can also use granule faster than average.

If your roofing contractor uses asphalt shingles, do some digging to determine their quality. Well-made roofing products can easily last you 20 years or longer.

What Do You Use for Underlayment?

Underlayment is an important part of your roofing system. It prevents moisture from reaching your roof deck and causing water damage. You need underlayment that is engineered with breathable materials. It also needs to be strong and allow moisture to escape.

Do You Have Insurance?

If you only learn one thing from this blog, do not do business with a roofing contractor who doesn't have insurance. This can open a costly can of worms that results in big headaches in the long run.

If your roofing contractor doesn't have insurance, this means that you might get stuck paying for any medical bills out of pocket if accidents happen. This is also the case if your home is damaged in some way during installation.

Do You Have Referrals?

Make sure that your chosen contractor is on the up-and-up before committing to a project on paper. Ask for referrals and if they can't provide any to you, read up on the company online or even contact the Better Business Bureau to see if you can find out any information.

Unfortunately, there are scam artists and storm chasers who will take your money on roofing projects and run. Be sure to do your research and take referrals from friends, family, and neighbors.

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Chris Jarvis