Few things are more important to the integrity of your home than the roof over your head. When you hire a roofing contractor for repairs, inspections, or a completely new look, you have to trust that roofing company completely with the safety of your home.

So before you hire just anybody for the job, take the time to get to know your residential roofers personally. Start by asking these simple questions to make sure that the roofing contractor you hire is reliable, dependable, and trustworthy.

Do You Have Insurance?
All contractors should have adequate insurance to protect both their workers and their clients. Worker’s compensation packages should cover the roofing contractors in case of an injury on the job as well as provide customers with liability insurance. Without this basic level of protection, the homeowner could be left on the hook for any mishaps during the job.

Do You Have References?
It’s never a bad idea to take a look at a company’s past work portfolio. However, any roofing contractor will likely provide you with glowing reviews from their most satisfied customers. Try to do a little more digging. Ask past clients how satisfied they are with the work in terms of quality, time, and cost. An average-sized roof installation, for example, should only take three to four days. Make sure work was completed on time and under budget.

Do You Offer Warranties?
Depending on the type of work you need done, you may be entitled to two separate kinds of warranties. Manufacturers of roofing materials often have warranty-certified products; painted metal roofs, for instance, should retain 95% of their initial reflectance and emittance over time and are 100% recyclable after a long, useful life. Still, the roofing contractors should also offer some type of warranty on their handiwork, so that you’re not stuck having to pay extra money on leak repairs for a sub-par job.

Make sure to also ask about your contractor’s membership in the Colorado Roofing Association (CRA). This ensures that they’re certified by the state and established in their field. That way, you can rest easy knowing that your house is in good hands with a reputable contractor.