Today’s post is courtesy of A.D.S. Contractors, Inc. Click here to read part 1 of How to Choose a Roofing Contractor.
We’ve already discussed where to begin when evaluating hiring a contractor as well as what information to ask for when meeting with them to discuss your job. Here are other key factors to help you make a decision.
Step 3: Utilizing the Contractor’s Product Knowledge
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 shingles 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: Consider Enhancements
Whether you’re repairing a portion of your roof or replacing it entirely, now is the time to consider related projects. Perhaps you need new roof vents or gutters and downspouts. Even more aesthetic additions, such as enhanced high-profile hip and ridge shingles or skylights, should be reviewed. When done in conjunction with a roofing project, all of these enhancements are more convenient and less expensive.
Step 5: Understanding and Negotiating the Contract
Consult your attorney for legal advice as to the terms and conditions of your contract. You should read your contract thoroughly and make sure it is clear and that you understand it. Ask for any protection you need that is not in the contractor’s “standard form.”
Step 6: 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, and 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, this information will simplify the task of choosing a professional roofing contractor. Good luck!