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Choose the roofing material, negotiate the roofing contract, let the roofer roof

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How to work with a roofing contractor: Steps 3, 4, 5: how to choose the roofing material, with help from your contractor, how to negotiate the roofing contract, and then finally, let the roofer alone to do the job.

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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 warranties. Selecting the best products is as important to your job as selecting the right contractor.

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 it 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's necessary? Consider local ordinances, costs, posting requirements.
  • Start and Completion Dates including plan of action in case of weather delays.
  • Products Materials -what 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.
  • Warranties - including both workmanship and product.
  • Terms - detailed as method of payment to include a lien waiver upon final payment.
  • Liens - 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.
  • 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 - providing the right to cancel the contract without penalty within a set period of time (usually three days).

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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