A well-planned roof replacement can save you from many problems and ensure your satisfaction with the result. But there are common mistakes you need to avoid when planning your upcoming roof replacement.
1. Choosing the Contractor Based on the Contract Price
Inexperienced homeowners tend to choose the contractor who offered the lowest bid; don’t make the same mistake. Unscrupulous individuals will cut corners to come up with a low bid, which means you may end up with a roof that’s made of subpar materials and installed by untrained installers. A low-quality roof will lead to all sorts of problems down the line, including noncompliance with building codes and minimal protection against storms.
2. Paying for the Full Contract Price Upfront
Beware contractors who ask for full payment upfront as they’re more likely to take your money and run. A standard roof replacement or home renovation payment plan is paid in installments, beginning with a down payment of about 30% upon signing the contract. This is followed by one or more installments, usually after milestones like material delivery. A final installment is expected to be paid after project completion.
3. Skipping a Written Quote or Estimate
Make it a habit to have everything in writing when money is involved, particularly with a roof replacement and other kinds of home renovation. A written copy of an estimate – which a legitimate roofer would have no problems providing – will protect you from changes to the contract price done without your knowledge.
4. Not Researching Your Roofing Contractor
A new roof is an investment, one that you wouldn’t entrust to just anyone. Take the time to research potential roofing contractors before considering hiring any one of them. While it is important to ask for license information, insurance certificates and manufacturer credentials, it is just as important to verify its authenticity. Calling references can also take time, but ultimately, doing this will help make sure that you’re hiring the right contractor.
Willi Roofing Services is your leading provider of roofing services. Give us a call at (512) 394-8234. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve customers in Round Rock, TX, and nearby areas.