Roofing is an important part of home improvement. It establishes your roof and ensures the safety of you and your family. Its stability and longevity are immensely important. When hiring a roofing contractor you want to make sure that your roof is in the right hands. In order to make sure of that, there are a couple of questions you can ask to make sure that you and your contractor are on the right page. But before your contractor walks in your home, you should do as much research as you can so you can figure out exactly what you want out of your roof.
Before Your Contractor Arrives
Doing your research beforehand is incredibly important, especially if you aren’t as knowledgeable about roof repair.This’ll help you understand the different types of roofing and what is best for your roof. If you’re only dealing with a minor project, then you may want to research ways to DIY. If you do it right, it’ll surely save you money in the long run since hiring a contractor is definitely worth a pretty penny. Most contractors charge about three to five dollars a square inch. The average roof is about 1,700 square feet. If you’re looking to makeover your entire roof, you’re going to be spending upwards of $10,000. This is a lot of money to put into a home improvement project, so doing this research beforehand ensures that your money is going to the right place.
Things to ask yourself:
- “How much money am I willing to spend?”
- “How long do I need these contractors?”
- “What specific work do I need these contractors to do?”
Things to Ask Your Contractor
First off, ask your contractor if they’re licensed and insured. They need to be both, not one or the other. This ensures that if something bad happens on your property, you’re not going to be made responsible for it. It’ll save you a ton of headaches and cash in the future if you make sure that they’re licensed and insured from the start.
Asking specific questions about the roofing process will always lessen frustration in future. For example, ask them whether they’re going to remove the old roof, or just put new shingles on top. It may seem obvious to replace the old roof, but some contractors may tell you that doing the latter saves money. Asking questions like these will make sure that your roof is being dealt with your way.
Here are other questions that you should ask when your contractor’s come a knockin’:
- “What will you do with the refuse material?”
- “How will you handle inclement weather?”
- “How will you protect the landscaping?”
Last but not least, make sure that you’re in agreement when it comes to price before they step off your property. Be sure to get the agreement in writing just in case there’s some confusion in the future.
If you ask all right questions before work starts and money starts coming out of your pocket, you and your roof will definitely be better off because of it.
Author’s short bio:
Lonnie Hagen has over 30 years experience in residential and commercial roofing in Dallas. As a full service company, Accent Roofing and Constructions has the know-how to handle any kind of job. We come highly recommended by insurance agencies, construction associations, consumer agencies and many satisfied customers who consider us to be one of the best, reliable and competitive construction and restoration contractors in Dallas / Fort Worth areas.