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How to work with a roofing contractor:

Steps 3, 4, 5: how to choose the roofing material, with help from your contractor, how to negotiate the roofing contract, and then finally, let the roofer alone to do the job.

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STEP 3: CHOOSING ROOF MATERIAL - Utilizing the Roofing Contractor's Product Knowledge

Roofing contractor inspecting roof edge (C) Trudy Seeger Perkins Preferred Roofing TX USA That's why this article was written as a simple, step-by-step guide designed to help you find the roofing contractor who's right for you.

Your contractor should have up-to-date knowledge on quality products for your project. He or she is the best source of information, but you should play an active role in the product selection process. Ask questions about different materials such as brand names, life span, thickness, design, available colors and warranties.

Selecting the best products is as important to your job as selecting the right contractor.

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STEP 4: NEGOTIATE ROOFING CONTRACT - Understanding and Negotiating the Roofing Contract

Prior to drafting a contract, most contractors will provide you with either an estimate or a proposal. An estimate typically provides a single price, a generically described product, a color and no options. A proposal offers more detail with a choice of products by brand name, prices, services and designs. A proposal will normally offer options-good, better and best-and include product samples and literature.

A contractor who takes the time to prepare a good proposal will most likely do a more thorough job. All items to be accomplished should be written as part of your contract.

Get the roofing contract in writing. Beware of verbal promises.

When a contract is presented, it should spell out the proposed work, prices and completion date. Read the contract carefully. Misunderstandings are the most common cause of contract disputes. Pay special attention to be certain the following points are covered in the contract.

Roof Job Safety, Licensing & Insurance Comments

Roofing contractor inspecting roof edge (C) Trudy Seeger Perkins Preferred Roofing TX USAWe [DF] hired a contractor to perform roofing and trim repairs on an older New York home that had lead-painted trim. When our contractor began work, making a terribly dusty mess and taking on safety precautions, no drop cloth, no protective gear to avoid lead poisoning, we insisted that he either stop and do the job properly or end the job. He told us he wasn't worried.

We said that we knew his mother and that she would be worried. The job stopped until roofer, his mother, and our building owners were confident in the safety of his proceedings.

Photo of roof workers installing solar panels, courtesy of Trudy Seeger, Perkins Preferred Roofing.

Ensure that the contractor you appoint has a well-established training and safety program for the roofing crew. Don’t take the contractor’s word for it but insist on him showing proof of undertaking safety training programs.

This is also the perfect opportunity for checking out whether the contractor has the requisite license to operate his business in the state and if all his subcontractors and employees are covered with insurance of $1 million or more.

If the contractor does not carry adequate insurance, it could spell trouble for you in case an employee or a subcontractor sustains an injury while working on your roof.  - Trudy Seeger, Perkins Preferred Roofing

Roof Job Warranty Comment

A new roof can be a pretty expensive affair. Never accept a roofing contractor’s verbal assurance that they will set things right if anything was to go wrong. This is because usually, the effects of faulty workmanship can take years to reveal themselves.

The disadvantage of appointing a contractor with no great record is that by the time you need to make a claim they may have gone out of business leaving you holding the short end of the stick.  - Trudy Seeger, Op. Cit.


STEP 5: LETTING THE ROOFER ROOF - Let the Roofing Contractor Do His/Her Work: Sit Back and Relax

A little well-planned research up front will undoubtedly save you a lot of time and trouble later on. Once you feel confident that you have the best contractor, the best products, the best value simply relax and let your contractor do his job. Do, however monitor the progress of your project to be certain your contractor lives up to his superior reputation.

Hopefully the information in this brochure will simplify the task of choosing a professional contractor.

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