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. Whether you need a total replacement or a quick repair, it’s important to do it with the right 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, when making an estimate, which particular areas of my house will you be checking? Can you provide a detailed breakdown of my costs? Does your estimate factor in material price adjustments? 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 roof removal cost?
You need to consider at least three roofers before making a hiring decision. Compare the estimates you have received but don’t make price your main consideration.
A new roof installation costs around $7,600 on average, but the total price will mainly depend on the material you choose. Be careful with offers that are remarkably higher or lower than the others. That means something’s not right, and you probably don’t have to know. 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 reputable contractor will have a license and insurance coverage, as well as evidence to prove it. 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 references from every contractor you’re considering and make sure to contact these folks. This will offer you a sneak preview into the work these professionals do. If they don’t want to give you any references, again, that’s a bad sign.
Choose a specialist.
Look for a roofer who has experience with the material of your choice. 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 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.
Review the agreement and warranties.
Go through each item on your agreement and ask questions if necessary, especially about warranty. As a standard, workmanship should be guaranteed for a minimum of 5 years and the material for 20 to 40 years.