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How to Find 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. That makes choosing an experienced pro necessary. Prospecting First of all, check the yellow pages only if you can’t obtain recommendations from friends or neighbors, or your local lumberyard or home builders.
A Simple Plan: Roofing
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.
A Simple Plan: Roofing
Checking Out References If they check out, ask them for names and contact details of a few of their old clients, and forget anyone who shows the slightest sign of hesitation. Inspecting Previous Projects You have to spend time to do a drive-by inspection of these prospects’ recent projects. Check that the spaces between individual shingle tabs, known as water gaps, line up laser-straight as they alternate shingle rows. Shingles should be trimmed in a clean line running along the valleys and overlap the valley flashing. Additionally, on roof ends, they should be neatly trimmed, aligning with the roof edge – uneven lines indicate slipshod work. Flashing at roof valleys and eaves should be neat and tar-free. If everything looks good, call references and ask them a few questions. Must-ask Questions For example, would they use the roofer again? Did they have leak problems? If so, was the response friendly and prompt, and were you charged for extra work? Did they overshoot the budget, and if so, by what percentage of the original estimate? Were they satisfied with the roofer’s justification of the additional costs? During or after the project’s completion, did they have any damaged flowers or bushes, or did they find nails 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, aside from workmanship and price, there are other equally important matters for you to consider. For one, insurance. The roofer should have both adequate coverage for both liability and workers’ compensation. If they claim to be insured, don’t just believe them – let them prove it. Warranties Insist on getting a warranty for labor-related defects like leaks and flashing failure. A one-year warranty is the minimum, though two or three years is preferable. The norm is one year, but two or three years is preferable. These very stipulations, plus the type of shingles they will use, should be included in the written contract. Go with the best quality shingles you can afford. Finally, shingle manufacturers usually offer 20 to 30-year warranties, but note that this is automatically voided if you overlap new shingles on old ones. In short, you need to remove existing shingles first, usually for an extra cost.

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