It’s a big project, and we know that choosing the right roofer can be intimidating. Before working with a new roofing contractor, ask them the following questions.
Need to Know

Repairing or replacing a roof is a big event, so it’s important to do your research. Before hiring a roofer, you’ll want to know who you are working with. To help you with your search, we’ve put together a list of questions to ask before making a decision. Let’s take a look at what you need to know:

In some cases, especially when working with roofing companies from out-of-town, asking for pre-payment can be a red flag. If you are unsure about the legitimacy of a roofing company that is asking for money upfront, we recommend consulting testimonials from real previous customers or simply avoiding working with them at all.

At Central Homes Roofing, we never collect money upfront. It’s important to us that you feel 100% satisfied with the job done before you pay a cent.

Ask your contractor if they will provide their estimates in writing. Make sure that you have a detailed estimate before signing any contract. The cost of both the removal of the old roof removal, as well as the addition of the new one should be properly documented.

We always provide a detailed estimate of the contract within 24 hours, to avoid any surprises with your money.

It is important to know whether your roofing contractor uses subcontractors. If your roofer uses subcontractors, you will have to do ask the subcontractors all the same questions you would ask your roofer. You should research who the subcontractors are, whether they are licensed, and whether they have references.

At Central Homes Roofing, we have our own employees and we do not work with subcontractors. So you’ll know exactly what to expect, and what you are paying for.

Some roofing contractors will just shingle-over the old roof. This will definitely lead to higher costs in the future because the next time the roof is inspected, old and rotten wood may not just be detectable underneath the current shingles. Make sure that a roofer removes the old roof and a place a new one.

At Central Homes Roofing, we will remove your old roof when necessary and talk you through exactly the type of work that will be done. This will keep your future maintenance costs low.

Roofing jobs depend on a few factors—the roof size, the types of roof or shingles requested, and the current condition of the roof. Talk to your roofer about how long your job will take, to avoid any confusion.

Usually, a complete re-roofing takes 2-3 days with inspections. We will always give an estimate of how long the job will take before we start.

Our team conducts a multipoint inspection,
meaning we check every possible aspect of a roof. We take a look at:

  1. Life of shingles
    • We look for granule loss, curled shingles, missing shingles,
      creased shingles and exposed fiberglass of the shingles We
      determine the age of shingles by looking at these categories.
    • Granules protect the shingles from the sun. Once granules are
      gone the shingle will deteriorate quicker.
    • Missing and creased shingles means wind storm. This causes leaks
      pretty quickly.
    • Exposed fiberglass means granules have been gone for a while and
      the sun has deteriorated the asphalt. The fiberglass holding
      everything together is peeking through. This shingle is on its
      last leg.
    • Curled shingles is a sign of an older shingle.
  2. Pipes/vents
    We look for gaps, tears, exposed nails, weathering of the materials.
    Squirrels chew on lead pipes and after some time cause gaps which
    causes leaks. All of these things will cause leaks.
  3. Valleys
    We check that valleys are free of debris. Debris can cause water to be
    held up and if water cant drain properly it will run left or right
    seeking proper drainage but finding it’s way underneath shingles.
  4. Ventilation
    We check for insufficient ventilation which causes the shingle to age
    quicker. The attic needs proper ventilation which helps keep your
    house and roof cooler.
  5. Walls
    We check proper flashing and sealing of all walls. These areas are
    susceptible to leaks if not sealed sufficiently or properly.

Yes, we provide financing with low, fixed monthly payments. Typically, you can get funded within 24 hours. Click here to learn more about our financing.

We hope these questions will aid you in your search for a roofer. We think it’s important for you to know the companies you work with, and the community they serve.

We here at Central Homes Roofing have been serving Central Florida for over 30 years. If you have any questions about our high-quality products or services, don’t hesitate to call us or come in for a chat.