As you begin the process of shopping for a new roof, it is important to…
#3: Evaluate Your Options pt. 2
When it comes to searching for a roofing contractor, evaluating one’s options is a crucial step in ensuring that the right contractor is hired for the job. The first step in this process is to narrow down the list of potential contractors to around three, and then schedule a presentation with each one. These presentations will help decide which contractor to sign a roofing contract with.
During the presentation, the contractor should be viewed as a potential employee, and the homeowner should take inventory of what is important to them. This can include things like prized roses or a custom car in the driveway. The contractor should be able to explain how they will protect these items during the roofing process.
After discussing the specifics of the project, the contractor should provide an outline of how they run their projects. Some companies may try to complete every roof in one day, while others may tear off the roof in one day and then not return for several days. It’s important to understand the timeline of the project and how it will be executed.
The contractor should also discuss logistics such as where they will park their job trailer and whether they will bring a toilet to the property. These seemingly small details can have a big impact on the overall experience of the roofing project.
Once logistics have been discussed, the contractor should provide details about the materials that will be used. This should go beyond just the type of shingles and should include information about accessories such as vents, skylights, and chimneys. The contractor should be able to explain the products they plan to use and how they will work together.
All of this information should be clearly laid out in the roofing contract. It’s important to carefully review the roofing contract and ask any questions before signing.
Another important aspect to discuss with the contractor is what happens if something goes wrong. This can include issues like a leak or damage to property during the roofing process. The contractor should have the proper insurance to cover these types of situations and should clearly explain the process for handling any issues that may arise.
Ultimately, the roofing company should make the homeowner feel comfortable with working with them. This goes beyond just liking the personality of the person selling the job. The homeowner should feel confident that the contractor will handle the project professionally and with care for their property.
Taking the time to evaluate potential roofing contractors and carefully reviewing the roofing contract and insurance policies can go a long way in ensuring a successful roofing project.