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. 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, 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? 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 bids, but keep in mind that price is but one part of the project.
A new roof installation costs around $7,600 on average, but the total price will mainly depend on the material you choose. Watch out for extreme offers – both too high and too low. That means something is wrong somewhere and it may not be worth your time finding out. Just look elsewhere.
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 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.
Talk to references.
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 seem hesitant or unwilling to provide references, that may just be another bad sign.
Choose a specialist.
Find a roofer that has experience with your chosen material. 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, with a skilled contractor you can expect an on-time, on-budget, and mistake-free completion. Hiring someone inexperienced can only lead to more repairs, a longer project timeframe, 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. The standard is 5 years for the workmanship and 20 to 40 years for the roof itself.