This Checklist Will Help You Choose a Contractor Wisely
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It should come as no real surprise when we say that a new roof is a big job and a significant investment. That's why we strongly recommend that you hire a professional roofing contractor who can offer proven experience, a written estimate, and worry-free installation.
Furthermore, to ensure that you choose the very best contractor, use the following checklist BEFORE you sign any contracts.
Ask Yourself These Questions, Does My Contractor...
Have a good reputation? Make sure that you check for references and call a few of them.
Have adequate insurance coverage? You want to make sure that you, your family and your investment in your home are fully protected. Don't hire a company unless they can provide proper insurance documentation.
Thoroughly inspects your roof? Find out if this contractor will thoroughly inspect your roof's flashing chimney, soil stacks, other roof penetration, deck, attic, etc.?
Provide a written estimate? Don't hire a contractor unless they can provide you with an accurate description of the work to be performed, plus work that may have to be contracted out.
Explain the entire roofing system? Have a new roof installed can be a confusing and stressful time. Understanding the series of components that work together in a roofing system is important and you should know all about them.
Check existing ventilation for proper circulation? Has this contractor explained the importance of ventilation? Having improper ventilation will damage your shingles and can invalidate your manufacturer’s warranty.
Explain reasons for tearing off versus nailing over the existing roof? Local codes determine the maximum number of nail-overs.
Know, explain and comply with local building codes?
Apply underlayment to the wood deck? Additional waterproofing underlayment might be needed if ice damming, wind-driven rain, or collected or flowing water might be a problem.
Apply shingles according to manufacturer’s specifications?
Use proper fastening techniques? Four fasteners for each shingle – six in high wind areas. Fasteners should penetrate 3/4″ into the deck.
Commit to supervising the job during all phases of work and inspects it completely when finished?
Thoroughly clean up your roof and around your house when finished? Remove all surplus material? Leave your yard in the same shape the contractor found it?
Clearly explain both the workmanship and manufacturer’s warranty? Will defective shingles be replaced for prorated replacement cost, or original cost, with labor additional? You should be very clear about who to call with a problem.
Use quality roofing materials? Check warranty plus UL fire and wind resistance ratings. Make sure that you choose a name you trust – not all shingles are the same.