Roofing contractors: Roofing Material & Roofing Contract
Negotiate the roofing contract, let the roofer roof
CHOOSING ROOF MATERIAL - CONTENTS: how to choose which roofing material or shingle type to install, how to negotiate the roofing contract, and how / when to let the roofer do the roofing job without interference
STEP 3: CHOOSING ROOF MATERIAL - Utilizing the Roofing Contractor's Product Knowledge
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
Selecting the best products is as important to your
job as selecting the right contractor.
Photo of roofing contractor examining the roof edge courtesy of Trudy Seeger, Perkins Preferred Roofing . [Click to enlarge any image]
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.
Building Permits - What permits are required by your local building department? Consider local ordinances,
costs, posting requirements.
Start and Completion Dates including plan of action in case of
weather delays. We require that once a contractor begins a job, she or he will continue working on the job full time until it has been completed. Beware of contractors who start the job then disappear to perform other work for other clients. You may have a hard time getting them back to work.
Products Materials -what roof shingle or othe rroof material will be used, brands, colors, etc.
Project Inspections - number of inspections, completion timetable
Site Procedures - work hours, clean-up procedures on the around
your home, safety precautions, etc.
Terms of payment - detailed as method of payment to include a lien waiver
upon final payment. Do not pay full job costs up front - reserve final payment until the work has been completed satisfactorily and the jobsite has been cleaned-up.
Liens regarding roofing work - You should be aware that under the laws of most states, a
contractor who does work on your home, or a supplier of materials
for such work, has a right to place a lien on your property. Make
sure all essential elements of your agreement are written down and
understood by both parties.
Suppliers & subcontractors: Also, require the contractor to inform you of who his supplier
will be along with any subcontractors which will be used on the
job. Either pay them yourself or require that you have a receipt
showing they have been paid before paying your contractor.
Right-to-Rescind the Roof Job Contract - providing the right to cancel the contract
without penalty within a set period of time (usually three days).
Safety - while the roofing contractor should be expected to follow safe procedures and to have appropriate workers compensation and liability insurance, discuss safety with your contractor. And if you see obvious unsafe practices like collapsing ladders at odd angles, or workers making you nervous, contact the roofer immediately and if necessary stop the job until you and the contractor are satisfied.
Warranties - including both workmanship and product.
Roof Job Safety, Licensing & Insurance Comments
We [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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Trudy Seeger is the chief foreman of Perkins Preferred Roofing, a Woodlands Texas roofing contractors for homes, offices and industrial buildings. He writes on issues that customers face on a regular basis when undertaking roof repair or replacement. Tel: 832-702-0201, Email: email@example.com
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