Installing a new roof on your property is something you’ll probably only have to do once or twice in your life. Most people don’t have experience in roof materials and hiring roof installation contractors, so its wise to be patient and do your homework. The Better Business Bureau warns homeowners that suffer damage from our violent monsoon storms to not let disaster hit them twice. It's a sad truth that scammers often move into town after a storm, along with many professional and reputable contractors. The fly-by-nighters rip off as many people as possible, then head back out of town.
“Homeowners should be careful of unknown and unlicensed contractors that come into their neighborhood. The BBB knows from experience that after a storm, fly-by-night operators will try to make money from victims, supposedly saying they’ll buy materials, then leaving town, never being seen again," said the President of the Better Business Bureau. “Don’t ever pay for a job up front; don’t sign anything until you are ready to hire a contractor, and make sure to read and get a copy of anything you do sign.”
Unless you need emergency repairs because of a sudden leak, be patient when hiring a roofing contractor. Doing your research ahead of time, should translate into better quality work, and a quality job at a better value for property owners.
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5 Things You Need to Know Before Hiring a Roof Installation Contractor
Here five questions to ask:
Is their crew currently installing a roof similar to yours in another location that you can see?
No matter how smooth the salesperson is, it’s the work of the crew that matters. This gives you a chance to evaluate their workmanship and how they set up and maintain a job site. It probably means the company rep is going to assign you one of their better crews, because they are the ones that are going to best sell you on hiring their company.
Specifically what exactly will they be replacing on your roof?
If you have a couple layers or more of existing roofing, building codes will probably require require you to tear them off before installing your new roof. This will add to the mess and expense, no matter who you hire to do the job. Some roofers might try to cut corners by not replacing the flashing. Unless it’s a thick material with a lot more life in it, now is the best time to replace it. The contract should be specific about what material they are going to be using. Also, the roofing contractor, if you have a tile roof, should specify what exactly is going to be done about the underlayment, and if being replaced, exactly what type of materials will be used to replace it.
Will the job site be left clean and clear of debris at the end of each day?
The best practice is when the roofer removes only as much as they can re-roof that same day, which reduces the chance that your property is left open to the elements until the next day. At the end of the day, the crew members should tarp any open roof areas and clean up any stripped shingle – including running a large magnet over the lawn and landscaping to make sure they pick up stray nails before leaving the job site. It would be a good idea to make sure these procedures are written into the contract.
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Can you get their insurance company to provide confirmation of their workman’s compensation and liability coverages?
It’s not enough for the roofing contractor to just tell you that they have the proper insurance, or even to just show you a form letter. You need to get a document from their insurance company, addressed to you, and there’s nothing at all offensive about asking for one. In fact, its a big red flag if the contractor seems offended or hesitates to provide you this info if you ask. After all, if one of the crew members falls off the roof and they aren’t properly insured, the injured crew member could sue you for medical costs and lost wages because they won’t be covered by the employer.
What kind of workmanship warranties do they provide?
Manufacturer warranties usually do not include labor because that’s up to the individual contractor. One or two years should be standard, and having it in writing, even as a simple clause in the contract, is obviously preferable.
To get all your questions answered and have a free consultation and estimate from one of the Phoenix area’s top roofing contractors, give Mikku and Sons Roofing and Repair a call at (623) 465-1068.