How to Hire a Roofing Contractor – Forbes Advisor
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Do you need a roofer for your project, but don’t know where to go? Hiring a roofer starts by asking your neighbors or Home Owners Association (VvE) who they recommend. You’ll want to check roofing requirements and directories for your state and find and read reviews.
Then call two or three local roofers to schedule an appointment. Check references, reviews and qualifications, compare bids and negotiate the final price. Below you can read the ins and outs of contracting the roofer that is suitable for your project and budget.
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Qualifications of roofers
Roofers must meet the criteria of their municipality. Check your state’s roofing qualifications and guides before hiring.
Good roofers are:
- To experience
- License in your region
- Bonded (meaning that a bond company has money available to a consumer in case they need to file a claim against that company)
- Please provide references
- Willing to write an estimate
Services that a roofer offers
Roofing services differ from contractor to company. Ask the two or three roofers you want to work with what services they offer. Some common roofing services include:
- Roof inspections that check for:
- repair and maintenance
- Installation or replacement
- Weather resistance
- Shoveling (removing snow and ice dams)
- Roof cleaning (pressure flushing away mold, moss and deposits)
- Sealing, treating or painting (especially for wooden or metal roofs)
- Debris removal
Renewing a roof is a good time to check your gutters. You can find roofers who also offer guttering, siding, and window services. Ask the professionals in your area if they can perform other services. Tackle roofing and gutters at the same time can save you money in the long run because the contractor is already on site.
How to hire a roofer?
When you’re ready to hire a roofer, there are two types to consider: independent contractors and roofers. There are pros and cons to both. Always compare quotes for the best price and view reviews, references and qualifications from roofers.
Independent roofers can come in handy for quick repairs. Because they work independently or with subcontractors, it can take longer to complete large projects, such as replacing your old roof. However, they can specialize in a particular style. Hiring a person can be a risk, but it means you will see the same person and work with the same person for the duration of the project.
Roofers are more likely to complete large jobs faster, have their work covered by offering manufacturer warranties, discounts or free consultations, and work with more materials. However, you may not have the same point of contact for every phase of the project.
Questions to ask a roofer
Interviewing contractors is an important step in hiring the right roofer. Here’s what to ask:
- What types of roofing do you install?
- Do you work with homeowner’s insurance to file claims?
- Do you have a valid license to do this work in my area?
- What insurance do you have and what is the coverage?
- Can you give me two or three references to check?
- Do you offer a free on-site inspection?
- Do you take photos during the inspection and after completion of the project?
- Will you provide me with a written quotation after the inspection?
- Do you do roof repairs? How much are they?
- Is your work covered by a factory warranty?
- How do you keep projects on track? What is your bad weather policy?
- Do you remove or dispose of old roofing materials? Is there a disposal fee? Do you recycle old materials?
- When and how do you invoice or invoice? Do you accept credit cards? Do you offer financing?
Choosing the right roofer
Always request quotes from a few roofers before choosing the one that suits you. You can choose the reasonable, mid-range offer or the contractor with the lowest price and the best availability. With the right budget, you can choose the roofer with the highest estimate and 20 years of experience installing the type of roof you want.
Whichever bid you choose, make sure your roofer has the appropriate qualifications.
If you already know what type of roof you want, you may have fewer contractors to choose from in your area. Most roofers can install and repair asphalt shingles, but fewer have experience with materials such as cedar, clay tiles, or natural slate. Unique styles such as solar shingles or green roofs require specialists that may be hard to find in rural areas.
Door-to-door bidding, when a roofer visits neighborhoods hit hard by storms and high winds, can be predatory. If local roofers contact you about repairing or replacing your roof, check their license, insurance, and references before accepting their offer.
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