Repairing or replacing the roof on your home is something that is not done frequently. Certainly there are unpredictable repairs that become necessary as a result of a violent storm or a falling tree and perhaps after 25 years or so the roof on your home may need to be replaced. As these things happen rarely, finding a roofing company that you feel completely comfortable with can be somewhat stressful, after all, the roof on your home is extremely important and the last thing you want is a problem.
As is true with most businesses, the roofing industry is highly competitive; as a result it can be difficult to find the right roofing company to do what needs doing at a reasonable price. When you are discussing your needs with various candidates there are a few tips that might help you better understand what to look for and what to expect.
- Responsible roofing companies will always offer a free, no obligation roof inspection or consultation. This is an extremely important part of the entire process as it gives the roofing company an opportunity to properly evaluate the problem and what the solutions are.
- A roof is potentially a very dangerous place to be, as the homeowner you should avoid climbing on it but the licensed contractor that you called should certainly go on the roof. If a company representative visits you and fails to go on the roof for the evaluation then this company should be discounted as a candidate to do the work. The contractor will normally take pictures of the problem areas so that you can see the condition of the roof and understand what needs to be done.
- Once the contractor has been on the roof and performed a professional evaluation you should be provided with a written estimate of what it will take to put the roof back into pristine condition. Once you have received the estimate pay particular attention to all the details; what materials are included, how long will the project take and what warranties are offered. If you have any questions once you have read and digested the estimate do not hesitate to contact the roofing company, make sure that you are completely happy before you enter into a contract for the work.
Once the repair or complete replacement has been completed you can expect the company to remove all discarded material and the area completely cleaned up. Once you are completely satisfied you can feel comfortable in making the final payment.