Installing a new roof is one of the biggest projects you, as a homeowner, will ever spend on in your lifetime. 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:
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? Con you give me a high-detail breakdown of every expense? Will this cover material price increases? How will the material affect the cost of the project? Can you give me a quote for repairs that usually come with roof installation or replacement? How much does roof removal cost?
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. 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.
Ask for and call at least three references for each roofer you’re considering. 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.
Choose a roofer with material-specific experience. Though professional roofers will know what to do with any material, there are advantages to hiring a specialist. After all, there are nuances to every single type of roof installation. In any case a skilled roofer will finish your job on time, on budget, and error-free. If you hire someone who lacks experience, you may only be setting yourself up to more repairs, longer deadlines and inaccurate estimates.
Examine the contract 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.