A new roof installation is usually one of the most expensive projects you can undertake 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 meeting with every roofer, be sure to ask questions that will be helpful when it’s time to make a choice.
For example, when making an estimate, which particular areas of my house will you be checking? Will you give me a detailed list of the costs involved? Will this cover material price increases? How will the material I choose change the overall cost of the installation? 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 an average of $7,600, but your final price will largely depend on your choice of material. Watch out for extreme offers – both too high and too low. That means something’s not right, and you probably don’t have to know. Just find another candidate.
Know the contractor’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.
From every contractor you consider, ask for at least three references and call these people. 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. Although all roofers can work with any type of roof, there are benefits to choosing a specialist. After all, each roof installation will come with its own nuances. In any case a skilled roofer will finish your job on time, on budget, and error-free. 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. The standard is 5 years for the workmanship and 20 to 40 years for the roof itself.