Your roof replacement project requires careful planning. If done wrong, not only will it waste time and money, but you will also have to live with the results for several decades after completion. Here are some common planning mistakes and how to avoid them.
Making Your Decision Based Solely on the Price
Many homeowners tend to make their choices based on the estimated price alone, only to regret their decision later on in the process. You should be aware that there are unscrupulous contractors who would cut corners just to offer that low estimate. Choosing such contractors will likely result in a subpar roof. On a similar note, beware of contractors who ask for full payment upfront. A typical roofing payment plan starts with a downpayment and then subsequent payments after milestones like the material delivery date. The final payment is usually due after completion.
Skipping a Written Estimate
Do not choose a roofing contractor who will not provide a written estimate. You should not skip it either. Legitimate roofing contractors provide written estimates as a commitment to the price. It also works as your contract once signed. Without a written estimate, the risk of an inflated roofing budget would be quite high.
Not Signing a Contract
Not signing your estimate is almost the same as skipping it. You won’t have the price, materials and scope of work in writing. This means should anything deviate from your plan, you won’t be able to do anything about it. Warranty coverage would also be unlikely. As responsible roofing contractors, we make it a point to check all required documentation and make sure that our clients have everything in writing.
Not Researching Your Roofer
It pays to check the background of a roofing contractor before hiring them. Legitimate roofing contractors wouldn’t have any problems providing valid licenses, insurance certificates and manufacturer certification. Organizations like the Better Business Bureau (BBB) provide valuable information about a roofing contractor’s reputation. Make the time to call the references provided by the contractor.
Neumann Construction is your leading provider of roof repair and installation services. Give us a call at (218) 203-0760, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Brainerd, MN, and surrounding areas.