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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 09:24

Avoiding Common Mistakes when Hiring a Roofing Contractor

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Repairing or replacing a roof is a complicated and potentially dangerous job that you should never attempt yourself. You should contact a roofing contractor if you need any repairs done on your home's roof, but you also need to make sure you hire the right contractor. People are often in a hurry to get a bad roof repaired, so they often make mistakes when they're looking for the right contractor. When you need to have your roof inspected, repaired or replaced, it pays to know some of the more common mistakes people make and how to best avoid them.

Not Researching Roofing Contractors

One very common mistake that people make is not doing the proper research on roofing contractors before hiring someone. This is often because homeowners are in a hurry to have their roof replaced, but since your roof is so important to the structural integrity of your home you don't want to end up hiring a roofer who will take shortcuts or is known for doing shoddy work.

While it may be tempting to go with the first roofing contractor in your area when you have a serious roofing problem, you should never choose a roofer without doing some kind of research. This could be as simple as asking friends and family for recommendations, but it is more likely to involve checking the websites of local roofers or looking for reviews on the Better Business Bureau's website. The Better Business Bureau in particular is a great source if you want to find a reputable roofing contractor with a good reputation. Try to stick to roofers who are accredited by the Better Business Bureau if you can, and arrange a face-to-face meeting with a contractor before you make any final decisions. You should also find out how long they've been in the roofing business. Roofers with more experience are generally more trustworthy and more professional than someone who is just getting started.

Not Obtaining an Estimate or Being Fooled by a Low Estimate

It's very important to obtain an estimate that will give you an idea of the cost and duration of a roofing job, yet many people either fail to obtain an estimate or get fooled by a low estimate. Not having an estimate is bad because you don't know what to expect from a roofing job, and receiving an estimate that seems too low may indicate that the roofing contractor is cutting corners somewhere to keep prices down. The average cost of a new roof in the United States is $6,000 and $8,200, while a roof repair can cost as much as $1,600. You can expect to spend this kind of money on a quality roofing job, so be wary of anything that is too cheap. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Not Signing a Contract

A project that can be as expensive and important as a roof replacement or repair should require a contract. Unfortunately, there are contractors out there who will attempt to work without one. A contract should cover important details such as payment terms, what permits are necessary, warranty information and what the job itself entails. This will protect you and your home if something goes wrong, so always insist in having a written contract, and don't be afraid to have it looked over by a lawyer if you have any questions or concerns.
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