If you want to upgrade your residential roofing, then one of your top priorities is to find the right contractor. Besides being comfortable to talk to and easy to work with, your potential contractor must have the experience to produce the results you expect. Whether you need an entirely new roof or are just looking to repair and maintain the existing one, you could be making a pretty sizable investment, so choose wisely.
You must ask your contractors questions to determine their capabilities and to better gauge the results you can reasonably expect from your project. Three key things you should never let slide are these:
1) Ask to see the contractor’s license.
2) Check for a copy of updated insurance.
3) Ask for a list of reliable references that you can call to verify the projects they’ve previously worked on.
Additional Questions You Should Ask
Also, come up with a list of related questions that could affect the project, including:
Can you furnish me with a detailed schedule? Ask for clear start and end dates as well as a break down of the project’s component parts so that you know just where you are in terms of project progress.
Who will be in charge, and who do I talk to about my concerns? Is there a foreman who will supervise the work? Some aspects of the work could be tricky, and knowing who will handle each stage of the roof repair process (and how) can go a long way towards assuring you that they’ve got a firm handle on things.
Will you sign a “time and materials” contract? You need to know the costs involved for your ongoing roof maintenance or roof repairs so you aren’t suddenly caught in a potentially awkward situation. It’s no small thing to get billed an exorbitant sum for something that is totally unplanned.
How do you handle change orders? What if you change your mind because you stumble across a better deal for materials? What if you specifically asked for a ceramic tile roof replacement that would cost X dollars, but find there’s a better deal to be had for another type of tile – how will the contractor confirm such decisions with you? In fact, how in general will the contractor communicate with you? Define a clear method of communication, whether through text, email, phone or even in person as its important you keep communication lines open.
How will you protect my property? Will you lock up the worksite after hours? Will you cordon off the work area? Ask your contractor for a clear plan of action.
May I reach you outside of work hours? Besides his business contact details, a good contractor will happily furnish you with his personal contact information.
Lastly, documentation requirements. A good contactor will also furnish you with copies of the original contract and inspection reports, and before/after photos, among other things, related to the project.
Keep in mind that an honest and competent roofing contractor who values your business will be happy to go the extra mile for you.
You’ll know you’re in excellent hands when your contractor easily offers insights and information, not just to answer your questions, but to provide as much detail as you may need to make the best decisions for your home and your needs.
Pressure Point Roofing Eugene, LLC, is committed to ensuring that your project runs smoothly from start to finish. We serve Eugene, OR, and surrounding areas. Call us today at 541-688-7663, or fill out this form to schedule a consultation.