Replacing your roof is a costly investment. Sadly, many homeowners are driven solely by cost when they select a roofing contractor, not realizing the risks that they are taking. The fact is that by selecting a contractor just because they offer the least expensive price is risking the integrity of your roof, which can end up costing a lot more in the long run.
It is important to take some time to do your research before you embark on a major home improvement project. These steps will help you in your search for a roofer:
Ø Gather a list of local contractors. In addition to your family and friends who can provide referrals, there are many valuable resources such as Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau, and of course, internet search engines. Make a list of roofers that have a good reputation that you can evaluate in deeper detail.
Ø Ask questions. A good contractor will be willing to spend time answering your questions. Many will have a website that will answer many of your questions, but if not talk to them and make sure that each contractor provides you with the following information:
o Experience – how long has the contractor been in business?
o Licensing – does the contractor have proper licensing for their state?
o Insurance – does the contractor have liability and worker’s compensation insurance coverage?
o References – ask for names/locations of other projects that have been completed near you
o Philosophy – upon what principles does the contractor operate?
o Materials/Suppliers – what materials does the contractor use, and from which suppliers/vendors do they purchase their materials?
o Does the contractor stand behind his work – are there any warranties available on the roof they have installed?
o Awards or certifications – what sets each contractor apart from their competition?
Ø Get a proposal. Once you’ve narrowed down your list to about three possible contractors, ask them for a proposal. The proposal should be a written description of the services they will provide and the materials that will be used. Typically, before drafting a proposal, the contractor will offer you options for different materials or products. You should feel comfortable asking them what your options are if they do not offer. Get the proposal in writing, and ask them how for how long the proposal will be honored. Because the cost of roofing materials changes often, proposals are not good indefinitely. Some things to consider when you are considering proposals:
o Products/Materials: what products will be used?
o How long will it take to complete the project?
o Warranty – is there a warranty on this roof? What does it cover?
o Terms of payment – how/when the payment is to be settled.
Ø Sign the contract, and sit back and let the contractor do his job. Now that you have done your homework, your final choice should be relatively simple. At this point, you will understand the difference in cost between your options, understand the different strengths of each contractor and be able to make a sound decision.
Fortress Roofing is Utah’s premier roofing contractor. We are always more than happy to answer your questions and want you to rest assured that your project will be handled to your specifications and seen through to completion exactly how you want it. Call us today to get an estimate, and to find out what sets us apart from other local contractors!