Doing Roofing The Right Way

How to Find a Good Roofer Roofing materials consume but a relatively small portion of the bill for a roofing project, and the bulk will be going to the skilled labor involved. That makes choosing an experienced pro necessary. Finding Prospects 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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At least two prospects is always a good starting point. Each one should have been in business for a minimum of years — roofers who do questionable work generally don’t last that long.
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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 It is essential to allot time to do a drive-by inspection of these roofers’ latest jobs. Check that the spaces between individual shingle tabs, known as water gaps, line up laser-straight as 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. Neat and tar-free are two things flashing at roof valleys and eaves should be. If everything looks good, call references and ask them a few questions. Must-ask Questions Would they work with this roofer again, for instance? Did they have leak problems? If so, was the contractor friendly and prompt in their response, and did you have to pay for additional work? Did they overshoot the budget, and if so, by what percentage of the original estimate? Was the roofer able to justify all extra 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? Quality roofers clean up, period. Did they have a foreman to talk to about their issues or concerns about the project, right from tear down all the way to installation? Insurance Of course, besides the price and workmanship, there are other equally significant matters you should consider. Insurance for one. The roofer should be adequately covered for both workers’ compensation and liability. If they claim to be insured, don’t just believe them – let them prove it. 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. The minimum is one year, but it’s preferable to get two or three years. These very stipulations, along with the type of shingles to be used, must be included in the contract. Choose the highest-rated shingles that fit your budget. Finally, shingle manufacturers usually offer 20 to 30-year warranties, but note that this is automatically voided if you overlap new shingles on old ones. In other words, you’ll have to tear off existing shingles for an additional cost.