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Tips for Hiring a Roofer

A new roof installation is usually one of the most expensive projects you can undertake as a homeowner. After all, it is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Regardless of whether you need a quick repair or a complete replacement, you should only trust a reputable roofing company.

Below are a few tips to help you in your search for the right contractor:

Talk to multiple contractors.

You need to speak to more than one contractor in order to get a fair price range. When meeting with every roofer, be sure to ask questions that will be helpful when it’s time to make a choice.

For example, when making an estimate, which particular areas of my house will you be checking? Can you provide a detailed breakdown of my costs? Does your estimate factor in material price adjustments? How will the material I choose change the overall cost of the installation? Can I ask for a quote for potential repairs? How much does it cost to remove the roof?

You have to talk to at least three contractors before deciding whom to hire. Compare their bids, but keep in mind that price is but one part of the project.
A new roof installation costs an average of $7,600, but your final price will largely depend on your choice of material. If you find any unusually low or unusually high offers, be wary. That could be a red flag, and you don’t necessarily have to know how. Just find another candidate.

Know the roofer’s credentials.

Besides getting a few bids from pros, it’s important that you research the contractor you choose.
Before you begin asking for bids, know the background of every roofer on your shortlist.

A good roofer will have a license and insurance, and the proof to back this claim. Remember that licensing and insurance requirements are different in every state, so do find about your state’s specific laws or regulations.

Call references.

Ask for and call at least three references for each roofer you’re considering. This will offer you a sneak preview into the work these professionals do. If they seem hesitant or unwilling to provide references, that may just be another bad sign.

Choose a specialist.

Find a roofer that has experience with your chosen material. Though professional roofers will know what to do with any material, there are advantages to hiring a specialist. After all, each roof installation will come with its own nuances. In any case, a good roofer will be able to complete your project within your deadline and your budget, and without mistakes. Hiring someone inexperienced can only lead to more repairs, a longer project timeframe, and inaccurate estimates.

Examine the contract and warranties.

Read every item on your agreement before signing it, and make sure to ask for clarification if necessary, especially regarding warranty. The norm is 20 to 40 years for the roof itself and no less than 5 years for the workmanship.

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