Installing a new roof is one of the priciest and most crucial home improvement projects you’ll take on as a homeowner. So how do you pick the right roofer with the sea of options you have? There are some prior considerations you need to make.
Talk to more than one contractor.
By talking to at least three or four roofers, you will be able to identify an honest and reasonable price range. If anyone makes a remarkably low or high bid, you should be suspicious. Of course, this is a perfect chance to get a feel of your chemistry or rapport with different contractors. This project won’t be finished in a day, and you don’t want to feel trapped with people who make you uncomfortable. Don’t worry as there are many roofers who are not only competent but likeable too.
Research your prospects’ credentials.
It’s a must to know the credentials of any roofer you’re considering. First of all, they have to be licensed and willing to provide at least three client references whom you can call and interview about their work. You can even drive by and take a look at some of their past projects, preferably from around 5 years ago.
Definitely, they should have both worker’s compensation and liability insurance to free you from liability in the event of worker injuries or property damages.
Review the contract closely, especially on warranties.
It sounds obvious but always worth repeating anyway – never ever sign a contract without examining it closely. Don’t worry, reputable contractors won’t mind because they know this is what you should do as a responsible consumer. Also, if certain parts seem vague or confusing, go right ahead and ask questions. Good contractors will be happy to answer. One part you should be very particular about is warranties. The roof itself should be covered for 20 to 40 years, and the materials and workmaship for no less than five.
Don’t pay off the job until it’s finished and you’re completely satisfied.
This rule is one for all large projects. If a prospective roofer demands you pay the entire quote upfront, go look for another contractor. Certainly, they will ask you to pay a deposit and follow a payment schedule, all within reason, but avoid paying cash. In a worst-case scenario, paying with your credit card will allow you to recoup your money without pricey litigation.
Pay attention to the basics.
Finally, ask your contractor if you need to get a permit (fortunately, this is often art of the roofer’s services). When filing a claim on your roof, follow all necessary procedures and obtain all required approvals before starting work on your new roof.