Under normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice a year, but whether you need a roofing company to perform a simple inspection or you're looking for a full roof replacement, hiring a reputable company makes all the difference in the world. The right roofing companies are more knowledgeable and able to provide practical advice regarding the current state of your property's roof. While finding the right company isn't easy, there are a number of questions that can help you determine the quality and attention to detail that any given company will provide. With that in mind, here are just a few questions to ask roofing companies before hiring the right one for your property's roof repair needs. How long have you been in the roof repair business? While years of business isn't the only indicator of a company's quality, it helps to gauge just how reliable they are and how long they've had to get established and perfect business operations. Plus, hiring a newer company may come with increased risks, such as lack of employees, overbooked schedules, and more. Be sure to take this factor into consideration when interviewing roof installation and repair companies. Are you licensed? Each state has a different set of requirements when it comes to obtaining a roofer's license. Ideally, the roofing companies you interview should be licensed in multiple states. This gives them a greater understanding of the specific details that come with working in your particular area. Furthermore, it speaks to their overall experience, commitment, and quality. Do You Operate Locally? Never work with a roofing company that works out of a truck. If you face problems with your roof when they’re done with it, it will be extremely difficult to find them and hold them accountable. A professional contractor that has a permanent place of business shows that the company is dependable. Will you replace the current roof? Most contractors will try to cut corners by installing a new roofing membrane on top of the current one. This defies the purpose of having a roofing project done, as the weak parts of the roof will still be vulnerable. Make sure that the answer to the above is yes or consider hiring another roofing contractor to complete the project.