Before you hire a roofing contractor, here are some things you should know about roofing. If you don’t know them, ask anyone, and you’ll hear it.
For starters, what types of roofs do you see installed in houses, apartment buildings, and businesses? First of all, there are two basic types. You have to decide if you want to go with them or go with a third. You have, besides various levels of class, the 3-tab roofing system, which is the cheapest, and if you have a large budget, and the architectural roofing system which is the most expensive of the two. If you’re looking for quality, you don’t want to scrimp on it. As far as the consumer is concerned, these two types serve the same purpose. So depending on which one your roofing contractor uses in the roofing job, is it enviable organizing while you’re shopping for a brand new roof? It’s time to make that decision.
Slate and fiberglass systems cost the most but they have a significantly shorter warranty period, but they are reliable. Solar panels are one of the newest growing trends in roofing, so you may want to consider those. The glossy look and longer life make installing this on the roof an attractive selling point for some manufacturers. Eventually, tile systems give better protection against the weather than any other type.
Find out if your roofing contractor owns their own commercial roofing materials or not. The brand of the products they install will have an impact on how much they were able to charge you. It may depend on whether the contractor is a very large company and able to purchase lower-cost commercial roofing materials. Sometimes, a smaller company with more under capital can buy the same quality as the bigger company for less money. The contractor may own their own materials, but is not licensed by the state and doesn’t carry the same insurance. It may be best to contact the insurance carrier yourself if you’re subject to storms, so you’ll have a better idea of what bills you’re going to be responsible for.
It is not recommended to have your roofing contractor purchase their own materials because the materials are typically worth a lot less than actual replacement systems. You’ll need to know if your roof replacement is going to be 5-10 years to come before it needs replacement, instead of immediately. It will pay to spend a few hundred extras – if you have a warranty agreement – on extra roofing materials.
Ask what kind of warranties your paving contractor offers. Normally the best ones include 10-20 years on limited warranties – warranties that often include a warranty against sub priming or any other conditions that come about. It’s good to know they hold up in the future. It’s also better to know before it completely breaks down first.
In higher insurance areas, most licensed insurance companies will not accept a bid for roofing unless the contractor does the work as a licensed contractor. Some insurance companies may require a bid with the other licensed company. You may also have to pass the roofing contractor a different home inspection to be accepted. Be prepared to jump the gun. Also, be prepared to receive bids for roofing from several contractors. Their bids will be different so it’s important to not get stuck depending on their offers.
Don’t be afraid to ask your contractor to see a few of their previous projects. This will give you a lot of peace of mind, knowing that the work they’ve done has stood up to time. It will also help you get a feel for the quality of their work. If you’re really interested in a specific type of style or color, ask to see their most recent job so you have an idea of what they’re capable of.
When you contact a contractor for your roof, ask them for a qualified and insured contractor. These licensing/insurance companies should be able to tell you about their certifications and corporate income. If the roofer tells you he’s licensed because he has just started working particularly as a roofing contractor, find someone else.