Get the Details Before Hiring a Roofing Contractor

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Imagine this scenario: A roofing contractor prepares an estimate without ever walking on your roof. Sounds crazy, but it happens.

Roofing contractors come in all shapes and sizes, with some more meticulous than others. Before hiring a roofing contractor, look for these signs that he has your best interests at heart:

  1. He asks to meet with you before preparing the estimate. Some roofing contractors will stop by when it’s convenient for them. Don’t let the words, “You don’t have to be home” keep you from being there.
  1. He explains the home improvement process — from tearing off the roof to cleaning up the stray nails on your lawn. (Insist on that one!). A good contractor will explain differences in materials and recommend colors that accent your home. He’ll explain the variables that affect the roofing costs, such as the type of material, color selection and local labor costs.
  1. He does a walk through around your property, looking for water leakage from gutters or rotting fascia board under the roofline. The roof is not an isolated component of the house, so make sure the estimate includes any required work to install flashing, or reconnect downspouts and gutters.
  1. He provides a reasonable payment process, where you pay 10 to 20 percent down for the roofing costs and then one or more payments as the home improvement work progresses. The Better Business Bureau warns against paying for home improvement work in advance.
  1. He’s honest about whether a repair (instead of a new roof) could fix your problems. Not sure if you need a new roof? Here are telltale signs from Owens Corning.

The home’s roof is much too important to leave to chance. Look for a roofing contractor that wants a long term relationship with your home. You’ll be much happier with the results.

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