Recognizing The Right Roofing

Some Important Things To Look For In A Roofing Contract

A new roof is a large investment, so you want to make sure you spend your money wisely. One way to do that is to make sure you understand the contract you sign with the roofing contractor. Then, you know how your money is being spent and if there could be additional charges. If you accept the price estimate you receive during the roof inspection, the next step is to read and sign the roofing contract. Here are some things usually included in a contract that you'll want to look for.

The Materials To Be Used

Different materials have different prices. Asphalt shingles cover a range of prices too, and you may want to ensure your roofer is using the products that fit your budget and that will provide good protection for your home. The roofer will use more than just shingles. Other materials include sheathing and flashing. Know what materials are included in the contract and what you might have to pay extra for.

If the roofer discovers a rotted area of decking while putting on the new roof, the deck may need to be replaced, and you'll want to know if that could add to the costs. You'll also want to know if the estimated cost includes the cost for permits and dumping the old roofing or if you'll be responsible for those costs later.

The Roofer Contractor's Insurance

The roofing contractor should have liability insurance and workers' compensation so the roofer can pay for damages to your home or accidents that happen to workers. Find out about exclusions since damage to things like landscaping plants near your home may not be covered and you'll want to know about that up front.

The Warranties

Your new roof should come with two types of warranties. One comes from the roofing manufacturer and the other comes from the roofing contractor. Read through the warranties so you know what's covered and how long you have for repairs to be done that will be covered under the warranty.

Terms Of Payment

One other important thing you'll want to know is how you'll pay for your roof. You shouldn't have to pay for your roof up front. Instead, the roofer will probably require a deposit before ordering the materials. Then, you may need to pay another portion after the materials are delivered but before work begins. The final payment would then be due after the work is completed and you've had a chance to look over the roof.

The Timeline

Getting a new roof usually takes weeks from the estimate until the work is completed. The time frame depends on how busy the roofer is at the time and the weather. You'll want to know the expected starting and ending date of the work, although it may be possible the weather can cause delays. Knowing the timeline in advance helps you prepare for the disruption and time to budget your finances so you're ready for the work to begin on schedule.

For more information, check with a roofing contractor in your area.