When calling a contractor about roofing repairs for your home, you should be ready to discuss some details about the repairs that are needed, as well as your options for the materials he or she will be using. You might also need to discuss the potential of having the roof replaced entirely. Note a few questions to ask a roofing contractor, and some that he or she might ask you, so you know what to expect by way of needed repairs and can better choose the right materials for the work to be done.
Why your roof is leaking
It's good to know exactly why your roof is leaking so you can ensure you won't face future leaks once repairs are made. A roofing contractor may ask you about missing shingles, how often you clean your gutters or the age of the roof, as these can all affect the overall durability of the home's roof.
Your roofer might also ask if your property has little shade, which would mean your home's roof is always in direct, hot sunlight, causing asphalt shingles to get brittle and crumble, leading to water leaks. This is important for you to know, as you might then ask about a roofing material that is better suited for your climate, one that will last longer than standard shingles.
What the expected lifespan of your roof is
A roofer will probably know the expected lifespan of your home's roofing tiles; this can tell you if it's time to consider replacing it altogether. Remember that it's always good to replace a roof before it actually needs it, so your home doesn't suffer water leaks and other costly damage; if the roof is getting near the end of its lifespan, talk to your roofing contractor about your options for replacement.
How you can inspect the home's downspouts and gutters
If the home's gutters are not in good repair, always overflow or are pulling away from the roof, this can cause water to back up onto the roof or spill over and collect around the home's foundation. A roofer can usually inspect the gutters and look for standing water, rust or other indications that those gutters need to be replaced. It can be cheaper to have this done at the same time as your roof repairs, rather than scheduling a separate appointment, so be sure to ask about this when scheduling a roof inspection for repairs.