Installing a new roof is one of the biggest projects you, as a homeowner, will ever spend on in your lifetime. It is, after all, the first thing that protects your family from harsh weather and other elements. No matter if you need full replacement or just minor repairs, entrust the job only to a qualified roofer.
Here are tips to help you find a good contractor:
Talk to multiple contractors.
You have to talk to a number of roofing companies so you can get a reasonable price range. At your meeting with each roofer, make sure to ask important questions that can help you make a good hiring decision.
For example, which areas of my home require inspection before you can give me an estimate? Will you give me a detailed list of the costs involved? Does the estimate include possible adjustments in the prices of materials? How will the material affect the cost of the project? Can you provide a quote for repairs that are common to roof installation or replacement? How much does it cost to remove the roof?
You need to consider at least three roofers before making a hiring decision. Compare their estimates but remember that price is not everything.
The price of a new installation is about $7,600, but your final price will mostly depend on the material you want to use. 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 move on to your next prospect.
Check the credentials of the roofer.
Besides getting a few bids from pros, it’s important that you research the contractor you choose.
Before you begin asking for bids, know the background of every roofer on your shortlist.
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.
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’re not willing to give you references, that could be another red flag.
Go with a specialist.
Look for a roofer who has experience with the material of your choice. Although all roofers can work with any type of roof, there are benefits to choosing a specialist. Besides, each type of roof installation will have its nuances. In any case a skilled roofer will finish your job on time, on budget, and error-free. Hiring someone inexperienced can only lead to more repairs, a longer project timeframe, and inaccurate estimates.
Examine the contract and warranties.
Go through each item on your agreement and ask questions if necessary, especially about warranty. The norm is 20 to 40 years for the roof itself and no less than 5 years for the workmanship.