How to work with a roofing contractor
Choose the roofing material, negotiate the roofing contract, let the roofer roof
- CHOOSING ROOF MATERIAL - CONTENTS: how to choose which roofing material or shingle type to install, how to negotiate the roofing contract, and how / when to let the roofer do the roofing job without interference
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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
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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