Realize that a good estimate will not always come from the cheapest bid you receive. Some important factors to consider include:
While the amount of the deposit varies from contractor to contractor in most cases a deposit is common, but make sure that the contract covers all the charges including considerations such as:
According to the California State License Board a licensed contract can only collect up to 10% of the contract price but not to exceed $1,000.00 before work has started. Before signing the contract and giving a deposit it is important to verify the contractor’s track record by checking references from previous jobs.
It usually takes approximately 2-6 weeks after the contract is signed until the job begins. Weather is a major factor in the start and length of a job. The contractor must take into consideration bad weather and extreme temperatures in order to ensure you the highest quality of work. Reasons for this may include:
The typical duration of a reproofing job varies depending on many factors including size and complexity. It is the contractor’s responsibility to be straightforward about how long the job will take, and should tell you in a timely manner if any changes occur.
Purchasing a new roof is a major investment, and in order to make the right decision some investigation, comparison-shopping, and knowledge of the products is necessary.
Decide on what you are looking for:
If your primary concern is function then:
If your primary concern is appearance then:
Warranties generally range from 20-40 years, but it is also extremely important to keep in mind the upfront coverage in the first few years following the application of the roof (this is the time when defects are most likely to occur). Look for a manufactures’ warranty that will cover materials and labor for the first 3-5 years after the roof is completed. Review the warranty stipulations. Pay especially close attention to stipulations about:
While you are researching and choosing a product you may run into terms that are foreign to you. Here are a few common terms used with roofing products that may assist you in choosing a product:
U.L. Fire Resistance Ratings
All Metal Flashing vs. Rubber Flashing
It is important to familiarize yourself with the aspects of re-roofing because various factors and conditions may influence the product choice and cost of the job?
There are two options for installing a new roof:
A lay over is the less expensive approach, but it is not necessarily the best choice. While the tear off may be more expensive it is important to consider the advantages of this option:
Make sure that clean up of the old roof is discussed and the contract accounts for cost and who is responsible for this duty.
Ventilation is important for a variety of reasons including:
A shingle underlayment is commonly referred to as roofing felt by contractors, and it serves numerous functions: