The normal life of a roof is fifteen years. Yet if you are experiencing problems and your roof is under fifteen years old, you will likely be able to have it repaired instead of having to install a new roof. But if your roof is older than 15 years it could be time to start ticking about a new roof. Either way a roofing contractor should be employed to help you thru the repair or replacement process. A professional roofer will be able to quickly repair roofing materials to ensure a quality finished product or install a new roof if a repair is not a good option.
It’s always a good idea to get recommendations from family or friends, before hiring a roofer. Whether or not you have recommendations, get several quotes before making a decision on who to trust with your roofing project. A quote should be detailed and include the work to be done, cost, and time-frame for completion. Be sure that clean-up is included in the quoted price or offer to do the cleanup yourself, if you want to save a little money.
Always be sure to ask the roofer how long they’ve been in business. Roofers with many years experience are more likely to complete the job on time and correctly the first time. Make sure they have a physical address. Many roofing scams are conducted by people working out of a truck, especially after a bad storm. Ask for references and check them. Roofers should also be properly insured to ensure that you are protected from any damage to your home.
Roof repairs and new roof installation will generally require building permits. Make sure the contractor you choose will obtain all of the proper permits and with is familiar with local building codes. Most places also require inspections during phases of construction and a final inspection when the work is complete. Check your local building code requirements to be sure your roofer is complying with all the regulations because in the end it is your home or business and you are ultimately liable.
Before starting any project with your roofing contractor always get a contract. This should include time frame for completion every detail of the project, and cost. It should outline any guarantees and payment policies. Be sure to read the warranty carefully to make sure you are adequately protected. Also, be certain the contract states who is responsible for clean up. Roofing materials can be messy and you do not want to need to clean up and eliminate waste yourself. But keep in mind you can save yourself some money if you decide to attack the cleanup yourself.
Never be rushed into hiring a roofing contractor Take the time to interview roofers and assess references and experience. Roofing repairs can be expensive and a new roof is a major investment. Doing some research and hiring the contractor that you are most comfortable with you can can go a long way to help protect you, your home or your business.