A roof replacement is a major project — think about the financial commitment! It’s not a home renovation you should assign to any old contractor in the phone book. A roof replacement takes careful planning and consideration.
It also helps if you avoid six potentially disastrous mistakes.
1. Continually Delaying the Project
Yes, you need a roof replacement, but can’t it wait another couple of months? This is what you’re thinking as you weed through contractor profiles and try to fit appointments into your busy schedule.
The problem with delaying your roof replacement is this: Eventually, your old roof is going to give out. Whether it’s in the form of a leak, mold or decay, there may be serious consequences for not replacing it when it’s time. This means repair costs go up, and the project becomes even more complex.
2. Going with the Contractor Who Can Start the Earliest
On the other hand, it’s not all about timeline. You shouldn’t pick a contractor based on their availability. In fact, that may be the worst way to choose.
A contractor with no other clients is always suspect. The most reputable contractors have plenty of work coming their way. They will make time in the schedule for new clients, but be careful if a “professional” roofer can start immediately.
3. Choosing Company Based on Price Alone
Here’s another no-no: price-based contractor selection. This works when you’re shopping for outlet deals for clothes, but it’s not a good way to pick a roofer.
While it’s advisable to compare quotes from at least a few local contractors, you should ultimately focus on quality. Who has the best proven track record of success? Who has the best references? Who offers the best long-term warranty?
4. Overlooking Permitting Procedures
An experienced, licensed roofer should take care of the permitting process for your new roof. Still, you should know your responsibility when it comes to this.
If you don’t get the right permits before building a new roof, the city may instruct you to remove it or it may issue a fine. You might have trouble convincing your homeowner’s insurance company to continue insuring your property. A permit is a must for your roof-replacement project.
5. Ordering Materials from Different Suppliers
It’s incredibly important to make sure your roofer orders materials from the same supplier. Otherwise, you could wind up with a multicolored roof.
GAF-certified companies like the Roof Doctor get their high-quality shingles all in one batch, ensuring a beautiful finished product.
6. Signing a Contract Without Reading It
Never sign any contract, especially a roof replacement contract, without reading the fine print! Your contract should include a price and all the details of your payment responsibilities. This is information you need to know before you commit to one contractor.
You can depend on the Roof Doctor to make your roof replacement experience memorable … in a good way. We’ll help you steer clear of these mistakes, and we’ll deliver a gorgeous roof that exceeds your expectations! Call us today to get your free quote.