Installing a new roof is one of the biggest projects you, as a homeowner, will ever spend on in your lifetime. After all, it is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Regardless of whether you need a quick repair or a complete replacement, you should only trust a reputable roofing company.
The following are tips to lead you to a quality roofer:
Interview several contractors.
You need to speak to more than one contractor in order to get a fair price range. When you meet each roofer, ask the right questions to help you make a smarter hiring decision.
For example, which areas of my home require inspection before you can give me an estimate? Can you provide a detailed breakdown of my costs? Does the estimate include possible adjustments in the prices of materials? How will my choice of material impact the project’s total cost? Can I ask for a quote for potential repairs? How much do I pay for roof removal
You have to talk to at least three contractors before deciding whom to hire. Compare their estimates but remember that price is not everything.
A new roof installation costs an average of $7,600, but your final price will largely depend on your choice of material. Be careful with offers that are remarkably higher or lower than the others. That means something is wrong somewhere and it may not be worth your time finding out. Just look elsewhere.
Know the roofer’s credentials.
Besides getting a few bids from pros, it’s important that you research the contractor you choose.
Before you ask for estimates, research the contractors first.
A good roofer will have a license and insurance, and the proof to back this claim. Take note that licensing and insurance requirements vary from state to state, so you have to check your state’s specific laws.
Talk to references.
From every contractor you consider, ask for at least three references and call these people. This will offer you a sneak preview into the work these professionals do. If they don’t want to give you any references, again, that’s a bad sign.
Choose a specialist.
Choose a roofer with material-specific experience. Although all roofers can work with any type of roof, there are benefits to choosing a specialist. After all, each roof installation will come with its own nuances. In any case, with a skilled contractor you can expect an on-time, on-budget, and mistake-free completion. Hiring someone inexperienced can only lead to more repairs, a longer project timeframe, and inaccurate estimates.
Review the agreement and warranties.
Make sure you have read each item on the contract before signing it, and don’t hesitate to ask for clarification if needed, especially in terms of the warranty. As a standard, workmanship should be guaranteed for a minimum of 5 years and the material for 20 to 40 years.