Installing a new roof is among the most expensive home improvement projects you’ll probably spend on 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:
Interview several contractors.
It’s important to talk to different contractors so you can get an honest 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? Can you provide a detailed breakdown of my costs? 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 it cost to remove the roof?
It’s wise to speak to no less than three roofing companies before you make 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. If you find any unusually low or unusually high offers, be wary. That means something is wrong somewhere and it may not be worth your time finding out. Just find another candidate.
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 contractor will be licensed and insured, and eager to show proof that he is. Keep in mind that licensing and insurance requirements are unique for every state, so do find out what works in your state.
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’re not willing to give you references, that could be another red flag.
Choose a specialist.
Choose a roofer with material-specific experience. Although all roofers can work with any type of roof, there are benefits to choosing 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. If you hire someone who lacks experience, you may only be setting yourself up to more repairs, longer deadlines and inaccurate estimates.
Review the agreement 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 norm is 20 to 40 years for the roof itself and no less than 5 years for the workmanship.