Need to Find a Good Roofer?
Installing a new roof is one of the most important, and expensive, home improvement projects you’ll run into as a homeowner. It and your siding is the first line of defense for your home against the elements. Whether you need a quick repair or a complete replacement, you’ll want to hire a trustworthy roofing pro. Here are a few tips to help you find — and work with — your contractor.
When Do I need to Find a Good Roofer?
There are a few reasons you might need a roofer:
- installation or replacement
- maintenance and inspection
Remember that these companies, especially independent contractors, often specialize in repairs or replacement. An installer might not have much experience with repair, and vice versa. Make sure that the one you hire knows how to work with the material you have (or want).
New Roof Installation or Replacement
A roof will last 20 to 50 years. Afterward, it usually requires replacement. High-end materials may cost more. If you’re hiring a pro to put one on a new home, confirm the following:
- the pro has experience with new construction
- you can coordinate the installation with other contractors working on the home
- you know who’s responsible for which parts of the structure
For example, you need to know if the contractor framing the house will install the sheathing, or if the roofer will do it.
If it is leaking, sagging or showing other signs of damage, you may need a pro to fix it. Many professionals will perform this work on one they installed. If you need to a hire a pro different from the installer, be sure to look for companies that offer repair.
Roofing Maintenance and Inspection
Hiring a pro for a roof inspection or to provide routine maintenance can increase its lifespan. The expense to hire a roof inspector averages about $200. You may want to arrange service every 6 to 18 months, depending on the material. Some companies offer maintenance plans when you get a new one, but many don’t perform this service.
Find Reliable Roofers
types of roofing and rank them by their advantages and disadvantages. The company you hire depends on the material and style you want. \The best one for your home may not be the least expensive. A local pro can help you select the most cost-effective options.
Talk to Several Contractors
You should talk to several roofing companies so you can gauge an honest and reasonable price range. Interview at least three professionals before you make a hiring decision. Compare the bids, but remember that price is just one part of the project. Be wary of any remarkably low or excessively high bids. You probably don’t want to make your decision on a couple hundred dollars for a project that costs several thousand dollars.
You’ll need to choose a material and style before you get a total price.
Besides getting a few bids from pros, it’s important that you research the contractor you choose. Reputable contractors should be licensed and willing to prove it. Licensing and insurance requirements vary by state, so it’s wise to look into your state’s laws in advance.
Check References and ExperienceBesides getting a few bids from pros, it’s important that you research the contractor you choose. Reputable contractors should be licensed and willing to prove it. Licensing and insurance requirements vary by state, so it’s wise to look into your state’s laws in advance.
Review the Contract and Warranties Closely
Read every contract carefully before signing. Professional contractors won’t be annoyed by you taking the time to understand the terms of your agreement. Most will be happy to sit down with you and explain parts you don’t understand.
Make sure you understand the warranty that comes with your new roof. It’s important to have follow-up support in case of an emergency. All materials and workmanship should be guaranteed for at least 5 years. The material itself ought to come with a 20-to-40-year warranty.
NOTE: Material warranties are more common than contractor work guarantees. If your pro doesn’t offer a work guarantee, don’t worry — they could still be trustworthy. Ask your professional about other ways to keep the roof safe.
Avoid Wet Seasons
Try to avoid scheduling your job during rainy or snowy seasons. Walking on a roof while it’s wet or icy presents a safety hazard and makes it harder to complete. Most pros will help you find the best time to begin your project.
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What to Do After Finding & Hiring a Roofing Contractor
1. Cover Your BasesBefore work begins: Ask your contractor if you need to acquire a permit or not (most will do it for you) Make sure their employees are covered by workers compensation Confirm that you’ve got approval before work begins if you’re submitting an insurance claim
2. Never Pay the Entire Balance UpfrontTo prevent scammers from getting your money, don’t pay the entire balance of your new roof upfront. This goes for all large projects. If your contractor requires this of you, don’t sign the contract. It’s a common and accepted practice for pros to ask for a payment schedule that parallels the work, or a good faith deposit of 10% or less. You may also want to avoid paying by cash or check. Using a credit card increases the likelihood that, in a worst-case scenario, you can recover your money without expensive litigation.
3. Choose a Completion DateBe sure to agree on a completion date before you begin your project. Replacing or repairing your roof can impact your day-to-day living. Setting an end date before starting work helps you plan around it.
4. Ask for Updated EstimatesSometimes, project needs change and your contractor has to revise their original estimate. Ask for documentation to prove it and don’t sign anything if it doesn’t make sense. It’s common to encounter unexpected repairs and price increases on roofing materials. You’ll want to confirm that the changes are reasonable and within your budget before proceeding.
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About AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc
AJ Wells Roofing Contractors, Inc. is a general contractor and leading roofing business headquartered out of Jacksonville, FL, serving homeowners throughout Northeast Florida since 2003. Owner and CEO Arthur J. Wells founded the family-owned and operated company, leading a highly seasoned team of roofing experts and technicians who specialize in insurance restoration, re-roofing projects to replace old roofs, and roofs repairs resulting from a loss occurrence. The main office is located at 5651 Colcord Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32211. To find out more, visit www.ajwellsroofing.com or call 904 553-0069.