Installing a new roof is among the most expensive home improvement projects you’ll probably spend on as a homeowner. It is, after all, the first thing that protects your family from harsh weather and other elements. Regardless of whether you need a quick repair or a complete replacement, you should only trust a reputable roofing company.
Below are a few tips to help you in your search for the right contractor:
Talk to multiple contractors.
You have to talk to a number of roofing companies so you can get a reasonable 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? 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 I choose change the overall cost of the installation? Can you give me a quote for repairs that usually come with roof installation or replacement? How much does it cost to remove the roof?
You have to talk to at least three contractors before deciding whom to hire. 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. If you find any unusually low or unusually high offers, be wary. That means something is wrong somewhere and it may not be worth your time finding out. Just move on to your next prospect.
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. Remember that licensing and insurance requirements are different in every state, so do find about your state’s specific laws or regulations.
Ask for references from every contractor you’re considering and make sure to contact these folks. This will give you a sneak peek into how these professionals operate. If they seem hesitant or unwilling to provide references, that may just be another bad sign.
Choose a specialist.
Look for a roofer who has experience with the material of your choice. 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. With an inexperienced roofer, you are at risk of getting an inaccurate estimate, an extended deadline, more repairs, and ultimately, higher costs.
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.