The average cost for a basic roof replacement is between $6,700 and $9,000, so it is an incredibly important decision to make when hiring a professional roofing company, which is why Precision Roof Repair advises homeowners to learn about the roofing industry as a first step.
3 Rules for Hiring a Professional Roofing Company
1. A Roofing Company Must be Licensed and Insured
You do not want to wait until after property damage occurs to learn a company is not licensed and insured. Before asking any questions, ask to see their business license and verify the insurance coverage. Most professional companies provide this information on their websites as it is a common question that consumers tend to have.
You should choose a company that provides property protection, basic business liability, and minimum coverage limits so that you know your home is protected in case of accidents. You can also obtain licensing information easily from your state’s website or ask each contractor to provide copies of their licensing and insurance with bids.
2. A Company Must Have the Experience You Require
Do not assume all roofing companies have the same level of experience. You also want to choose a company that has experience using the material you intend to use. While you will find that asphalt or clay times are commonly used, there are many new and innovative technology-based techniques that have led to specialized alternatives:
- Asphalt shingles are used commonly as they are affordable and durable
- Solar panels are now extremely popular with homeowners as one panel can generate a kilowatt of solar energy for every hundred square feet of shingles
- Metal roofs are one of the most durable materials used; they are heat-resistant, require little maintenance, and is very affordable to install
- Stone-covered shingles are aesthetically beautiful and are waterproof
- Slate can last for a century, is waterproof and fire-resistant
- Rubber roofs are better for flat surfaces, is affordable and easy to maintain; it is a highly complex installation, so be sure the roofer has this experience
- Green roofs allow you to cover a roof with plants or herbs to promote air quality
3. A Contract Must State All Details Discussed Orally
Never sign a contract with a roofing company unless all of the details you discussed orally including contractual obligations, roofing materials, manufacturer requests for custom products, color schemes, installation requirements, a working timetable, roof inspector certification and the amount of money the job will cost.
You should also list any penalties that come with missing deadlines. You should always be wary of companies that want payment in advance as it does not give you any leverage for jobs not completed. If these things do not find their way into a contract, you are not legally protected, which will leave you at fault for installation issues or incorrect materials used.
Your roofing choice will depend greatly on a company’s reputation, referrals, and budget. Never consider a roofer who lacks the knowledge and skill to provide resources that work long-term.