Replacing your roof is a big decision, it goes without saying that you want the best roofing contractor for the job. But, the main question is how do you know what to look out for? Most people replace their roof once in a lifetime and because it is a huge investment, you want to make sure you want to choose the right company. So, listed below are 7 points to help you decide who to give your roofing assignments to.
- Ask for how long the roofing contractor has been in business – You probably wouldn’t take your car to a mechanic who has been on the job for merely two weeks. And you will probably not go to a doctor who is just out of medical school. So, why go in for a contractor who does not have a long period of work experience behind him and is known for good quality work. In many cases, homeowners let the price dictate the contractor they would choose but you need to always understand that if your contractor is providing you his services at a discounted price, then he would surely be discounting his services too and you will never end up with a good standard roof restoration. Also keep in mind that it is extremely difficult to collect a judgement against a contractor who simply closes his doors after a lawsuit.
- Double check licensing and insurance – Roofing is a dangerous job, which is why we never recommend homeowners to take it up themselves. It’s important to have the right tools, materials and safety equipment. Along with these, experience is also important. Reputable roofing contractors have requisite permits and licenses for every job they undertake. A high quality roofing installer will also carry all required insurance for it’s workers, which we cover them if someone is hurt during the restoration process. As a homeowner, you should never work with a contractor who cannot provide proof of proper insurance for its employees.
- Price isn’t the only thing that matters – If you have ever undertaken a roof restoration project in the past, you may have been asked to get ‘three estimates’. No one really knows where this ‘three estimates’ rule comes from or why you should go beyond one or two estimates when looking for a roofing contractor. Rather than doing this, you should spend time talking to potential roofing companies until you believe you’ve got all the information you need to decide who to give the contract to.
- Get financing agreements in writing – Every aspect of your roofing installation contractor should be in writing, but it is especially important to make sure you understand the financing terms. A good roofing company will appoint a knowledgeable employee to help you through the contract and answer any questions you have about payment. No part of the agreement should be confusing for you.
- Ask who is performing the installation – Will the roofing company send its own workers to your home? The reason why you should know this is because the last thing you would want to worry about is waking up on restoration day to see an unfamiliar crew working on your property. The sad reality is that many roofing contractors outsource their jobs to third party contractors. By doing so, the manufacturer of the roofing materials is likely to void the warranty that comes with the materials. One should be wary of roofing companies which choose to use such tactics.
- Will the roofing contractor tear off your old roof? Some roofing companies will install new shingles over an old roof. This is almost always a bad idea. Firstly, it adds additional weight to a roof that is probably already ageing and due for new decking. Secondly, it does not address any underlying problems, such as damage concealed by old shingles. The point is that just because you are unable to see a problem, it doesn’t mean it is not there. And when it comes to your roof, a concealed roof can mean major repairs in the future. Putting new shingles over an existing roof is a lot like putting Band-aid over an infected wound. This can be a short term and cheap solution but it does not solve the issue long term.
- Ask what happens if you are unsatisfied with the work – No matter how carefully you plan a job, there is always a chance that things might not go as planned. In such a scenario, how does the roofing company plan to handle it? Will you end up spending hours and days on the telephone, trying to search for a representative? Will the roofing company abscond with your money? These are a few things you need to know in advance.
Restoring or replacing your roof is something you only want to do once and you definitely want to do it right. At Showtime Restorations, we know how important it is for our customers to have the knowledge they need to make the best decisions for their home and family.