With spring just around the corner, the milder weather can be more cooperative for roofing projects. If you’re a homeowner looking to repair or replace your current roof, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) offers these tips to complete your project safely and with confidence.
Understand the full scope of your project. Do you only need spot repairs or are you replacing the entire roof? Do you need to hire someone certified to install a specific type of roofing system? Is old roof removal part of your project? Does a professional arborist need to assess potential risks like low hanging branches? Make sure you understand these details before you start collecting bids.
Check your insurance coverage. If your project involves repairing damage, you should consider having your roof inspected by a licensed insurance adjuster or contractor. Check your homeowner’s insurance to see if your project is covered and what to do if it is. (You should also check your contractor’s insurance coverage for things like industrial injury, property damage, and personal liability.)
Get a detailed quote. Clearly written bids that are detailed and broken down into separate items are a good sign that the contractor is thorough and has prepared an accurate estimate. This gives you both a common reference point to work from.
Your estimate or proposal should include:
• Type of roof covering, manufacturer and colour
• Materials to be included in the work, e.g. B. Pad, Ice Dam Protection Membrane
• Scope of work to be carried out:
• Removal or replacement of the existing roof
• Connection work, e.g. B. Replacing or reusing existing connectors, adding new connectors, metal connectors
• Ventilation work, e.g. B. Adding new air vents
• Who is responsible for repairing/replacing exterior panels or interior panels damaged during work? Make sure it includes verbal cues as to who is responsible for any damage caused by the work.
• All relevant points and work to be carried out should be included in the contract.
• Approximate start and completion dates
• Warranty period and areas covered, e.g. B. processing, water leakage
• Who will haul away the old roofing materials and/or project waste (eg additional materials, packaging, etc.)? Is this service chargeable?
Please investigate. After all, you want to find a company you can trust. So, do your research thoroughly to hire a reliable and trustworthy contractor. Good communication is key to any successful project, so pay attention to how you interact with candidates on a personal level during the interview. As always, visit BBB.org to find roofers near you. Check out the reviews and complaints and remember that with the BBB Accredited Business seal of approval, companies are committed to meeting BBB standards of trust.
Visit BBB.org to learn more about home improvement, hiring a trusted roofing company, and other tips for managing your home maintenance needs.
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