Your residential roofing contract defines the terms, conditions and responsibilities of each party and is your only protection in a court of law if the job isn’t done right, so it’s a critical part of getting a new roof. You must be absolutely sure the residential roofing contract you sign is sound and comprehensive so you don’t run into obstacles or unpleasant surprises along the way.
To start, make sure you are working with a reputable, professional roofer with a long list of reliable references. Don’t take them at their word — call around and find out what their past clients think about the work that was completed.
Also, don’t depend on anything the roofer says but does not write down. Any promises or guarantees must be in writing or they mean nothing.
Scope of the Work and Materials to Be Used
When a roofing company assesses your home, they will make notes on what needs to be repaired and replaced in order to deliver a brand-new roof. This list should be included in the contract, along with the type and quantity of materials they will use to complete the project.
Of course, since they have not yet torn off the outer shingle covering, they have no way of knowing if any additional damage must be repaired, but they will outline the scope of the work to be done to the best of their knowledge.
Projected Timeline and Costs
The residential roofing contract should clearly state how soon the company can begin work. Even a window of time is acceptable, but dates must be listed in the contract. It should also state how long the project is expected to take and the preliminary projected cost of labor and materials.
Methods Used by the Roofing Company
If the company you receive a contract from states they will hire out third-party workers, it’s best if you walk away from the deal. A reputable organization employs their own skilled, trained workers and supervises the project closely. It should state this fact in the contract.
In addition, the contract should describe the methods used for demolition and cleanup. If a dumpster must be brought to the site, the contractor should list where it will be placed and claim responsibility for any damage to your property as a result of demolition.
Guidelines on Payment Terms
If the contractor requires a down payment up front, he or she should always offer you a way out of the agreement. For instance, you may be required to put down a percentage of the total projected cost, but you should be able to receive a full refund within a certain time frame, such as 72 hours.
In addition, the contractor should hold the deposit until the work begins. No upstanding contractor will require full payment prior to work completion — that’s a sign you should move on to another company.
Insurance and Liability Coverage Disclosed
Any residential roofing contract should also include copies of the company’s insurance and liability information, absolving you of all responsibility of employee injuries on the job.
Do you have more questions? Contact the experienced team at the Roof Doctor. All of our residential roofing contracts are accurate, reliable and geared toward protecting the consumer.