A new roof installation is usually one of the most expensive projects you can undertake as a homeowner. After all, it’s your first layer of protection against the elements. No matter if you need full replacement or just minor repairs, entrust the job only to a qualified roofer.
The following are tips to lead you to a quality roofer:
Interview several contractors.
You have to talk to a number of roofing companies so you can get a reasonable price range. When meeting with every roofer, be sure to ask questions that will be helpful when it’s time to make a choice.
For instance, which parts of my home have to be inspected in order for you to offer an estimate? Can you provide a detailed breakdown of my costs? Will this cover material price increases? 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 need to consider at least three roofers before making a hiring decision. 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 find another candidate.
Know the contractor’s credentials.
Besides getting a few bids from pros, it’s important that you research the contractor you choose.
Before you request for bids, research information about the roofers first.
A good contractor will be licensed and insured, and eager to show proof that he is. Remember that licensing and insurance requirements are different in every state, so do find about your state’s specific laws or regulations.
From every contractor you consider, ask for at least three references and call these people. This will provide a bird’s eye view of what the pros can do for you. If they don’t want to give you any references, again, that’s a bad sign.
Pick a specialist.
Find a roofer that has experience with your chosen material. While all professionals will have worked with all types of roofs before, you’ll want someone that actually specializes in the one you want. After all, each roof installation will come with its own nuances. In any case, a good roofer will be able to complete your project within your deadline and your budget, and without mistakes. Hiring someone inexperienced can only lead to more repairs, a longer project timeframe, and inaccurate estimates.
Examine the contract and warranties.
Read every item on your agreement before signing it, and make sure to ask for clarification if necessary, especially regarding warranty. As a standard, workmanship should be guaranteed for a minimum of 5 years and the material for 20 to 40 years.