Every homeowner will go through a roof replacement at some point in their lives. It’s one of the largest projects around the house, and so it requires thorough research and planning.
Your #1 job is to find a quality roofing contractor to handle the replacement. To get a good idea of the process and cost involved, it’s best to contact and request estimates from a broad range of companies—large firms to mom-and-pop operations. But, before you tackle the task of comparing the cost and qualifications of roofing companies, make sure you understand the repair or replacement specifics.
QUICK TIP: Some roofing contractors may give you a roofing estimate over the phone, but it’s a good idea to ask for a written copy of the proposal. In the event that something goes wrong, it’s essential to have contractual details spelled out. This also ensures that both parties understand the nitty-gritty contents of the document, and what’s included/not included in your quoted price.
New Roof Installation: Understanding Your Estimate
- Your choice of roofing material will make up the bulk of the roofing installation cost. To avoid surprises, get a detailed list of materials that will be used to complete the roof. This typically includes type/color of roofing material, protection membrane, flashings and vents.
- Remember that the cost of roofing installation may also depend on the time of year it’s installed, so ask your contractor if there’s a discount for winter or spring projects.
- Know the installation methods and breakdown of labor costs. This includes man hours for removal of old materials, potential overtime or holiday hours.
- Make sure the roofing estimate includes a timeline of start and completion dates without interruptions or delays. The last thing you want is an open roof that exposes your home to the elements while your contractor disappears to another job site.
- Require your contractor to outline the condition of your property and what steps would be taken to protect your landscape. In addition, make sure you agree upon cleanup expectations after completion.
- When obtaining a roofing estimate, inquire about the types and lengths of warranties or guarantees for materials and workmanship. These warranties should be detailed in writing within your final contract.
Selecting the Right Roofer
Your budget may dictate your final choice, but don’t let the lowest bid be the sole factor that guides your decision.
Other factors you may also want to consider when selecting a contractor to install your new roof:
- A Proven Record—Ask for references of satisfied clients and check with the Better Business Bureau to properly investigate a company before hiring them.
- Skill and Experience—Not all roofers are the same. Each will come with different training and installation methods—and some may have more expertise with your material of choice.
- Certifications—Only hire local roofers who are bonded and licensed. A reputable contractor will have proof of liability insurance and worker’s compensation for their laborers, as well as documented industry certifications.
Some roofers may ask up to 50 percent in down payment upfront, but never pay the full price until you’re satisfied with the completed project. A roof is an investment that will improve your home’s appeal and value, so only trust roofing contractors with a proven record.
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When it comes to roofing replacement, conducting due diligence upfront will save you time, money and trouble in the long run.
If you are looking for an experienced roofing inspection contractor, contact LGC Roofing. With over 30 years of experience, our roofing crews are highly skilled and factory trained. Whether your roof needs a little patchwork or an overhaul, our insured and licensed professionals are trained to get the job done right—and our work is always guaranteed!
Call (609) 712-8157 in NJ or (215) 932-7850 in PA for your FREE ESTIMATE today!