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Short Course on Roofs – What You Should Know

Finding a Good Roofer Materials represent but a relatively small chunk of the bill for a roofing job, and most of what you’ll be spending will go to the skilled labor required. This makes choosing an experienced professional roofer an absolute must. Prospecting First off, check the yellow pages only if you can’t get referrals from neighbors, friends or perhaps someone at your local home builder’s association or lumberyard.
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Two prospects is always great to start with. Both should have been operating for at least five years — unreliable roofers do not usually last that long.
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Checking Out References If they check out, ask for the names and addresses of some of their past clients, and drop anyone who seems hesitant to provide them. Inspecting Previous Work It is essential to allot time to do a drive-by inspection of these roofers’ latest jobs. The spaces between water gaps – those spaces in between individual shingle tabs – should be lined up laser straight while they alternate shingle rows. The shingles have to be trimmed clean on a line that runs along the valleys, and they should overlap the valley flashing. Also, they should align on roof ends with the roof edge – ragged lines mean shoddy work. Flashing at roof valleys and eaves should be neat and tar-free. If things look great, call references and talk to them, asking a few revealing questions. Must-ask Questions For instance, would they hire the same roofer in the future? Did they have leak problems? If so, was the contractor friendly and prompt in their response, and did you have to pay for additional work? Did they spend more than the original budget, and if so, how much was the excess? Were they satisfied with the roofer’s justification of the additional costs? Were any of their bushes or flowers damaged during or after the project, and were there nails left lying in the driveway? Good roofers know how to clean up. Did they have a foreman they could directly talk to regarding their concerns, from tearing the old roof down to installing the new one? Insurance Of course, besides the price and workmanship, there are other equally significant matters you should consider. Insurance for one. The roofer should be adequately covered for both workers’ compensation and liability. If they claim to be insured, don’t just believe them – let them prove it. Warranties Insist on a warranty where flashing failure, leaks and other labor-related problems are covered. A one-year warranty is the minimum, though two or three years is preferable. The minimum is one year, but it’s preferable to get two or three years. These exact stipulations, plus the kind of shingles that will be used, must go into the contract. Go with the best quality shingles you can afford. Finally, most shingle makers provide 20 to 30 years of warranty, but take note that installing new shingles over old ones automatically voids the warranty. In short, you need to remove existing shingles first, usually for an extra cost.