Whether you’re building a brand-new home or looking to repair or replace the roofing on your house, the process can seem overwhelming. Unless you’re a roofing contractor, it’s hard to know the difference between different materials and techniques, what is best for your house, and how much you can expect to pay for your new roof. Thankfully, we’re here to make sure you’re covered! Check out our list below for the important questions to ask your roofing contractor, so you avoid being disappointed in the long run.
The Whole Picture
When you ask for a roofing estimate, it’s easy to assume that the number you’re receiving takes into account everything that will need to be done. For a roof replacement, this includes removing the old roof from the house, adding the underlayment, flashing, and water barriers, installing vents, any applicable chimney work, adding gutters, and the price of disposing of old materials. However, roofing quotes can often be misleading. Many contractors have been known to only quote the price of the replacement shingles, leading to a giant, expensive surprise when homeowners receive their bill. Make sure that your roofing contractor gives you a detailed estimate that includes all the materials, services, and taxes that you will be expected to pay, as well as the inclusion of any permit fees.
We’ve Got You Covered
Two more important aspects to consider when selecting a roofing contractor are insurance and warranties. It’s important to ask tough questions and trust your gut when looking for someone to complete a roofing project on your house. Accidents can happen, and it’s best to know that you and your home are covered. Be sure to ask your roofing contractor what is covered by their insurance, what type of safety training they receive, and what type of background checks or drug testing is completed on their employees. Also, inquire about the kind of warranties they offer, as well as any warranty offered by the manufacturers of any products they use. Keeping a record of important information can save you hours or even days down the road.
What You’re Made Of
Roofing materials can come in all different shapes, styles, and price points, which is why you should do your research before selecting a roofing contractor for your project. The climate, weather, and desired curb appeal for your house will all come into play when choosing the roofing material that works best for you. If there is a specific look you’re going for, such as colored metal roofing, it’s important to discuss that with your roofing contractor ahead of time to ensure you’re receiving the most accurate quote possible. You can also choose to contact roofing suppliers yourself to see what the true material cost will be if you’re interested in a specific product for your house. Since many contractors include a markup for materials, having an idea of what your roofing should cost can help you know if you’re paying a fair price or not.
Better Safe Than Sorry
While trust is important, it’s better to be safe rather than sorry. Here are a few more questions that can help you determine if your roofing contractor is the best fit for your house roofing project.
- What are the specific payment terms for the contract? When will down payments be due, as well as a schedule for each additional payment?
- Is there a provision to withhold the final payment if you are not satisfied with the project?
- Who is responsible for any damage done to your home, or even neighboring homes, during the installation or repair process?
- Are there any add-ons that may result in additional charges? What approval process will these need to ensure you’re aware of any cost increases?
- If the roofing contractor fails to pay any subcontractors or for any materials, is there a lien release in place to protect you from any liability?
- Is there a termination clause?
At Model City Roofing, we’re committed to providing the best residential and commercial roofing services in Northern Florida and the Tri-cities area of Tennessee. All of our roofing contractors are certified, licensed, and insured, and every product we install comes with top warranty coverage. Visit our website or send us an email to schedule your free estimate!