Hiring a roofer is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make for your home.

The roof is an important part of your home and therefore you need a pro who will install, repair or replace correctly. Roofs are major investments and play an important role in keeping your home safe from the elements.

Mabati Yetu Factory represents Quality roofing solutions in Kenya Market. Our Quality products need quality installers/Fundis.

Here is a list of questions that can help you save money and aggravation when it’s time to put on a new roof.

Reputable and qualified Fundis will gladly welcome your questions, avoid Fundis who get annoyed by your questions.


1) What sort of projects have you done before?

This will give you a good indication whether they have ever done this job, or something like it, before. For instance, if you require a metal roof, then you need to know whether the roofing contractors specialize in, or have ever done, metal roofing before.

 It’s important to ensure that the roofing contractor you choose is an expert in roofing. Your roof is your home’s first and most important line of defence against moisture, mould and mildew. A new roof is not the type of job you want to award to a handyman or general contractor. The roofing contractor you choose should have a long track record of installing new roofs — time after time, job after job.

Think of it this way: Your family doctor probably has excellent general knowledge about the cardiovascular system, but you wouldn’t see your general practitioner for a heart attack. For that, you would see a cardiologist — someone with extensive experience in matters related exclusively to the heart. Why should your roof be any different?    

2) How long have you been in business?

Make sure you choose a contractor that’s established and has a strong history in your area. The longer a roofing company has been in the business doesn’t make them any better, it just means that they’ll be around if there’s a problem.

 If your contractor has been around the block a few times, they will likely have plenty of customer references to hand out and multiple examples of their work for you to peruse.

3) Can I see the projects you have worked on?

Getting references from a contractor is crucial to hiring the right one. Ask every contractor that gives you an estimate to provide you with references from jobs completed in the past 3 to 12 months.

A reputable roofing contractor will be happy to give you these references when you ask for them. You can even double-check if the contractor gave you honest answers to the questions in this article by talking to past clients.

 On the other hand, if they’re not willing to give you references, don’t even think about investing in your new roof with them.

 4) What training and experience does the crew have?

It will be useful to know if they have any other certifications from the industry, adding further to their credibility.

5) Do you have proper licensing, certification, insurance and workers? If so may I kindly have a look at them?

If they answer no, then you know to definitely not use them as any work they do is likely to not adhere to buildings regulations.

6) Which steps will be taken to ensure safety of workers? 

You want to know what safety precautions are being taken to prevent accidents during your project. A good company cares about its workers, so ask about this.

7) What is your workmanship warranty?

Roof warranties are in place to protect your roof investment.

You must ask a roofing contractor what kind of warranty they offer on their workmanship. They could offer at least one year. A roof warranty typically lasts for a year, but some roofers offer longer warranties. The manufacturer usually covers the materials, and the roofer covers the work. These are two separate warranties, so ask the roofer for the coverage and length of each warranty.

8) How will the work be done/how will it be installed?

It’s good to take an interest in how they will carry out the work. This will help prepare you for how much work is actually involved and how much disruption you are likely to encounter and see how the plan to address common issues arising from poor installations.

 9) Is a Building Permit Required?

Be sure to ask if a permit is needed for your project. Make sure your roofing company is pulling one.

 10) Do You Provide a Written Estimate?

You should receive a written estimate with a breakdown of each expense, so you know exactly what you’re paying for.

 These questions will highly help you with having a good idea on how work on your roofing facility will progress and the capability of the fundi you are going to deal with through the whole process of your project and thus you must be very deliberate with your questions. 

 Let’s Talk About Your New Roof

Here at Mabati Yetu Factory, we pride ourselves on always being open and honest with our customers, so if you’re looking for a roofing specialist, then please feel free to get in touch with us today.