Our last winter storm saw wind gusts reaching over 80 miles an hour and several days of heavy, sustained winds leaving many Rochester area homeowners with damage to their roofs. We have seen everything from minor shingle blow offs to entire sections of asphalt roofing shingles and underlayment blown off. Local roofing contractors have been working diligently to help homeowners secure their homes and prevent further damage from occurring. When considering a roofing company be sure to select a longstanding company who is properly insured and has a history of quality workmanship in your community.
Above all else, make sure you have a written contract in place before any work is to commence on your roof replacement. This should never be overlooked as it is the only protecting both you and your roofer. The days of informal contractor dealings are long gone. A contract should never be looked at as a trust issue by either party but rather a clear, written scope of :
- The work to be performed
- The materials to be used
- The shingle/ workmanship warranty
- The terms of payment
What if you verbally agree upon a certain price with your roofing company with no contract and they tell you after beginning the removal of the old roof, that there is more layers then they thought. They tell you it is going to be an extra 2,000.00! They are demanding more money for an extra layer but you already agreed verbally upon a price. Or what if they agree to use a specific roofing product, but does not. Having a detailed agreement in place would have saved a lot of headaches and possibly money.
As you can see, having a clear, written contract in place is the only way to hire a roofing professional. Make sure the names of both parties involved as well as the physical site of work to be performed are clearly listed. The scope of all roofing work including products used, layers of roofing removed, job site clean up, etc should also be included. All warranties for both workmanship and roofing shingles should be in writing and a copy of the contractor’s liability and workman’s comp insurance should be obtained. How the roof is being paid for and when the payment is due need to be very clear as well.
A lot more goes into a deal than a handshake when you are installing a new roof. If all the details are itemized, the job will continue to move ahead smoothly should a problem arise. Since 1979, Ron Ferris and Son Roofing has helped thousands of homeowners repair and replace their roofs! Call us today at (585)288-0895 to find out how easy getting a new roof can be.