The Florida sun has done a number on your roof. The shingles are worn and loose, and 20 years of hanging holiday lights has really taken its toll. It may be time to have that roof replaced, and the first step is to consult the experts to properly evaluate your roof’s condition and present a proposal for the work to be done.
Understanding all the components of those proposals is important in order to make an informed decision, especially when comparing proposals from different roofing contractors. Keep in mind that proposals are a roofing contractor’s opportunity to earn your business, so look beyond a flashy presentation or sales technique and read the proposal closely. Here are some important questions to ask when reviewing a proposal from a roofing contractor.
1. Estimated materials. When a roofing contractor provides a quote, their first step is to evaluate the size and condition of your roof, take measurements and estimate the cost of the materials needed. Ask your roofing contractor if all of the necessary materials are included in the proposal.
2. Material Grade. Are all the proposed materials—decking, flashing, shingles and ventilation—similar in grade and quality? Including a lower-grade shingle on a quote will bring the price of the quote down, but using lower-grade materials could mean more frequent repairs down the road.
3. Liability coverage. Make sure the company you hire is properly insured and prepared to cover damages in the event of an accident involving a roofer working on your home.
4. Time frame. How quickly will the roofing contractor be able to start on your roof? How long will the job take to complete? How many hours will they be working each day? More importantly, when immediate repair or replacement is needed, be sure your home is properly protected from the elements until the work can begin.
5. Cleanup. No one wants a dumpster sitting in their driveway for weeks after a project is complete, and you want to ensure your children won’t be finding nails in the backyard. Find out how the company plans to handle cleanup after the job is done.
6. Warranty. A reputable roofing contractor will stand behind their work. A comprehensive warranty that covers both the installation and materials will save you money and headaches in the future.
7. Payment Terms. Does scheduling the work require a deposit? When is the bulk of the payment due and in what form? Most roofing contractors will ask for a percentage of the total cost upfront, and the remainder when the job is complete. With larger jobs, you may be asked to make payments in installments at certain times during the length of the job, or when specific benchmarks are reached.
8. Hidden Costs. Ask if there are any costs that are not included on the proposal. Will they install new flashing or replace it if damage is found? Could you be charged extra for the slope of your roof? What about finishing sealant? You don’t have to know all the possibilities; just be sure the price you’re quoted includes these extra contingencies.
The lowest bid is not always a bargain in the long run. Before choosing a roofing contractor, ask your neighbors and check out online reviews to get a feel for the overall professionalism and quality of work they provide. You will have your roof for the next 15 to 20 years—a little extra research on the front end is well worth the investment.
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