Lessons Learned from Years with Options

Finding a Good Roofer Materials represent but a relatively small chunk of the bill for a roofing job, and most of what you’ll be spending will go to the skilled labor required. That makes choosing an experienced pro necessary. Prospecting First and foremost, check the yellow pages only if you couldn’t get tips and recommendations from your local home builder’s association or lumberyard, or even from your own friends and neighbors.
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It’s good to start with at least two prospects. Each one should have been in business for a minimum of years — roofers who do questionable work generally don’t last that long.
A Simple Plan: Roofing
Checking Out References If they check out, ask for the names and addresses of some of their past clients, and drop anyone who seems hesitant to provide them. Inspecting Previous Work You have to spend time to do a drive-by inspection of these prospects’ recent projects. The spaces between water gaps – those spaces in between individual shingle tabs – should be lined up laser straight while they alternate shingle rows. Shingles should be trimmed in a clean line running along the valleys and overlap the valley flashing. Additionally, on roof ends, they should be neatly trimmed, aligning with the roof edge – uneven lines indicate slipshod work. At roof valleys and eaves, flashing should be neat and free of tar. If everything looks good, call references and ask them a few questions. Must-ask Questions For instance, would they hire the same roofer in the future? Did their roof leak? If so, was the contractor friendly and prompt in their response, and did you have to pay for additional work? Did they spend more than the original budget, and if so, how much was the excess? Were they satisfied with the roofer’s justification of the additional costs? During or after the project’s completion, did they have any damaged flowers or bushes, or did they find nails lying in the driveway? Good roofers know how to clean up. Did they have a foreman they could directly talk to regarding their concerns, from tearing the old roof down to installing the new one? Insurance Of course, aside from workmanship and price, there are other equally important matters for you to consider. Insurance for one. The roofer should be adequately covered for both workers’ compensation and liability. If they say they have insurance, don’t just take their word for it – ask for proof. Warranties Insist on getting a warranty for labor-related defects like leaks and flashing failure. A one-year warranty is the minimum, though two or three years is preferable. One year is the minimum, but if possible, go for two or three years. These very stipulations, plus the type of shingles they will use, should be included in the written contract. Go with the best quality shingles you can afford. Finally, shingle makers often offer from 20 to 30 years in warranty, but remember that this will be instantly voided when you install the new shingles over the old ones. In short, you need to remove existing shingles first, usually for an extra cost.