What to Expect From a Roof Replacement Quote
When you start the process of looking for a qualified roofing contractor to provide you with a roof replacement quote you should consider the following before making your final decision. Sure the obvious comes to mind (insured, cost, etc.), but here are some additional things that should be looked at and considered.
Please take a moment and review the list for your own benefit. Keep it for reference when making that final decision.
- Is the company that I am getting the quote from a true roofing contractor or something other? “Roofing” in the company name would lead you in the right direction.
- Are their installers roofing installers, not siding guys or carpenters? There’s a difference.
- Does the contractor have an established address that he does business out of in case you need to find them?
- Does the contractor have an e-mail address or an alternate phone number so you can contact him through a variety of different options to fit your needs?
- Was the estimate you received detailed? Stating, “Remove shingles and install new ones,” doesn’t cut it. Get all the details involved in a new roof replacement. Get everything in writing.
- Never, and I mean never give money down on a job. You are not helping the contractor you are hurting yourself. Those not capable of handling financial aspects of installations could ultimately cause you problems with your installation.
- Never pay before a job is completed. Paying prior to completion is OK only if you have done something to delay the project yourself.
- Always get some kind of labor warranty and I don’t mean a year or two. Quality contractors who do a project correctly give at least a 10-year warranty on labor.
- Always get the installation done per manufacturer’s specifications. When you don’t, you shortchange yourself. Your contractor should do the job the way it’s intended to be done.
- Last but not least, question your contractor, be involved, but let your contractor do his job. Have faith before you hire them. Do not let price dictate your decision completely. This normally leads to an installation with problems.
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