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How many different kinds of roofs can you spot on the houses on your street? A few decades ago, you may have only seen shingle roofs, perhaps with the occasional slate roof mixed in. But these days, there are more kinds of roofing on the market. Metal roofs are becoming common because they can be made from recycled materials. Tile is a popular choice because it lasts a lot longer than other roofing materials. And then there are some roofers who install rubber roofs because they're smooth and easy to install. Learn more about roofs of all types on this blog.

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Questions To Ask When Getting A Quote For A New Roof

When the time comes to replace your roof, you'll generally want to get a few quotes from different roofing companies. People often get two or three quotes, compare them, and hire the company with the most favorable quote. There's nothing wrong with this approach, but it is a good idea to ask a roofer a few more questions after they give you a quote but before hiring them. Here are some top questions to ask. 

How long is the quote good for?

Arranging for a roof replacement can take some time. You might need to apply for financing. You may need to have a neighbor move their cars so a dumpster can be set down. You may even need to take some time off from work. So, it is a good idea to ask how long the quote is good for so you know how long you have to plan. If a certain roofer's quote is only good for a month but you have lots of prep to do, you may want to go with a company that guarantees their quotes for a bit longer.

Who will be doing the work?

Ask a little about the people who will be doing the actual roofing work. Have they been formally trained? Do they hold any certifications? It's also worth asking how many roofers will be working on your home. The bigger the team, the faster the project will go — but some people do find it overwhelming to have dozens of roofers on-site at a time. 

Are there material choices?

Some roofers will give you a quote for a specific brand and model of roof material. Others will give you a price range, and your exact price will depend on the roofing you choose. It does not hurt to ask a little more about the materials the roofer plans on using. Ask how long they are expected to last, what colors they come in, and whether they come with a warranty. If you don't like the materials one roofer plans to use, you may want to look for a different roof replacement company that installs a different brand.

If you ask these questions before accepting a roofing quote, you'll gain a much better understanding of what you're about to get. Don't hesitate to ask any other questions that come to mind, either. A roofer will be happy to tell you all you need or want to know.