Roofers: Get Educated
Roofers: Get Educated
If you are a contractor, you should be knowledgeable in all aspects of roofing. One way to get more knowledge on a topic is by being exposed to roofing situations. The more you know, the better your chances of having a better idea of how things work.
You can always ask around to see what local roofers have to say about certain issues. Find out if any are holding classes where they will discuss various topics such as asphalt shingles. These could be especially helpful for a homeowner who is just getting started or may be unsure of a situation.
Sometimes it can be a good idea to get out of the house for awhile and look around your town. Ask people about their experience with contractors. If there is no one in the neighborhood you are interested in, start at the back and work your way forward. Then compare the prices with each contractor.
Do not be afraid to call up a few roofers and ask about their services and anything else you feel is relevant. Once you have an idea of what each company has to offer, do a little comparison shopping. A very small detail may make a huge difference in your final decision.
If you are hiring a subcontractor, make sure that you have made arrangements for heavy duty equipment. Don’t be surprised if your subcontractors want to bring their own equipment because that saves them money. Don’t sign a contract without giving them the equipment they need for the job.
Before you decide on a particular contractor, do some research on the company and how long they have been in business. That way you can make sure that they are legitimate and that their specialty is the right one for you. Check for their approval in the Better Business Bureau.
Make sure that you give them all the proper bids so that they can get a sense of the amount of work that needs to be done. If a roofer is charging more than you think is necessary, try negotiating. If little overages are acceptable, you will want to make sure that you have written down those numbers.
In the long run, paying a little overage might save you thousands in insurance premiums. It’s a very good idea to get a contract in writing. If the roofer can’t do the job because of the conditions or the location, they have to follow through on that written contract. Make sure that they are reputable and don’t think that the company is trying to cut corners by paying a little less than they are legally required to.