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How to Find a Good Roofer Roofing materials are only good for a relatively small part of a roofing job’s bill, and the bulk of the expenses will go to the skilled labor involved. That means selecting an experienced professional contractor is an must. Finding Prospective Roofers First of all, check the yellow pages only if you can’t obtain recommendations from friends or neighbors, or your local lumberyard or home builders.
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At least two prospects is always a good starting point. Each one should have been in business for a minimum of years — roofers who do questionable work generally don’t last that long.
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Checking Out References If they check out, ask for the names and addresses of some of their past clients, and drop anyone who seems hesitant to provide them. Inspecting Past Work It is essential to allot time to do a drive-by inspection of these roofers’ latest jobs. Check that the spaces between individual shingle tabs, known as water gaps, line up laser-straight as they alternate shingle rows. The shingles have to be trimmed clean on a line that runs along the valleys, and they should overlap the valley flashing. Also, they should align on roof ends with the roof edge – ragged lines mean shoddy work. At roof valleys and eaves, flashing should be neat and free of tar. If things stand up to scrutiny, give references a call and ask them questions. Questions to Ask Would they work with this roofer again, for instance? Did they have leak problems? If so, was the response friendly and prompt, and were you charged for extra work? Did they overshoot the budget, and if so, by what percentage of the original estimate? Were they satisfied with the roofer’s justification of the additional costs? Did they have damaged plants or nails lying in the driveway during or following the project’s completion? Quality roofers clean up, period. Was there a foreman they could directly address their concerns to throughout the entire project, from tear down to installation? Insurance Of course, on top of workmanship and price, there are other equally vital matters you need to look into. Insurance for one. The roofer should have adequate coverage for liability as well as workers’ compensation. If they say they are insured, don’t believe them straight away – ask for evidence. Warranties Insist on getting a warranty for labor-related defects like leaks and flashing failure. A one-year warranty is the minimum, though two or three years is preferable. The norm is one year, but two or three years is preferable. These very stipulations, along with the type of shingles to be used, must be included in the contract. Better to ask for the highest quality shingles that fit into your budget. Finally, most shingle makers provide 20 to 30 years of warranty, but take note that installing new shingles over old ones automatically voids the warranty. In short, you need to remove existing shingles first, usually for an extra cost.