5 Things To Avoid When Preparing For Your Roofing Project
1- Putting Priority on Price
When you start to acquire bids for your re-roofing project, you’ll notice a variation in prices and products and you'll probably lean towards the most affordable option, but this isn't the best way to go about making your choice. When you see a bid that is higher than the others, take time to compare the products in each bid and consider the companies reputation. It’s important to remember that a roof is something you’ll likely only purchase once - possibly twice - in a lifetime, and this is why it is imperative that you don’t skimp on the quality of the roof you’re going to purchase and the Roofing Company that is going to install it. By choosing quality, you'll avoid the risk of ending up with a shoddy roof.
2- Skipping a Written Estimate
You should always receive a written estimate from the company to include an itemized list of the installation plan and materials that are going to be installed. This allows you to check the fire, impact and wind ratings on the materials which may help you weed out bids. If the roofer gives you a verbal estimate and not a written one, this is a red flag that the contractor is likely not up to snuff.
3- Not Signing a Contract
Your estimate should also include a contract for you to sign to authorize the proposed work and also include warranty information. A contract not only solidifies the agreement, it also protects you, your home and the Roofer should anything go awry. Never proceed with a roofing project until you’ve signed a contract that meets your agreeable needs.
4- Not Researching the Roofer
Not all Roofers are created equal, this is why you should make sure to know as much about the roofer you’re about to hire before you let him on your roof. Never let anyone on the roof without doing your homework first. When it’s time to make your choice, choose a bid that comes from a company that is reputable and uses quality roofing products. Search the company / contractor, make sure the roofer has a license that is currently active, that they are insured and check reviews online to see what others are saying about them. You're sure to save yourself a lot of greif by not skipping this step.
5- Not Abiding by HOA Regulations
Do you live in a housing community that pays HOA fees? If so, then the first thing you need to do when planning a roof replacement is to get in touch with the HOA board and find out the roofing regulations in your community. HOAs typically have very strict rules about the color and materials of the roof being put on. Failure to connect with the HOA will likely result in heavy fines and a full replacement at your expense. Once you have the go from your HOA, be sure to keep them in the loop. Keeping a good rapport with your HOA will ensure your re-roofing project goes off without a hitch.