Has the winter weather really taken a toll on your roof? Are you concerned that your roof is going to start to leak as soon as spring comes around? If you've never had to deal with a leaky roof, the prospect of having one can be daunting. But by getting someone to deal with it quickly, you can reduce any anxiety that you may feel in the matter. In order to do that, there are various questions that can help you find the best contractor to deal with your roofing situation. Some of the most important questions to ask include the following:

How soon can you repair my roof? The more experienced and better qualified a roofing contractor is, the more booked up they are likely to be. Fortunately, they should also be able to send someone out immediately to inspect your roof in order to find out just how serious the situation is. If there is obvious damage, such as branch falling and poking a hole in your roof, they should also be able to cover the affected area with a temporary protective covering to help prevent the roof from leaking until it can be worked on.

Are you able to help with the insurance claim? If your roof was damaged by anything aside from old age, you may be eligible for at least partial compensation from your insurance company for the work. A roofing contractor may be able to provide the proof and arguments needed in order to support your insurance claim. In some instances, they may even be able to do the work and bill the insurance company directly rather than you having to pay the contractor and then getting reimbursed by your insurance company. All of these are things that the contractor will be able to explain to you.

Will the whole roof need to be replaced? When your roof damage isn't eligible for reimbursement by your insurance company, you may balk at having to pay to replace the entire roof at once. If this is the case, you may be able to get your roof replaced in segments. Your roofing contractor may explain how this is more expensive in the long run, but paying a few thousand every year or two can be more budget-friendly for many people than trying to cover the cost of a complete roof replacement this year. But not all roofs are eligible for this kind of thing, and you need to be prepared for the news that you must have the whole thing replaced as soon as possible.

Contact a roofing contractor like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc for more information.