How to Compare Roofing Contractors & Estimates
By Your Fiderio Expert May 29, 2013
Choosing to repair or replace your roof is a huge investment that should not be made quickly or without much deliberation. Most likely, there is more than one roofing contractor in your Connecticut area and it can be hard to select the one that will give you the best price and quality work.
Here are some tips to help you compare roofing contractors and their estimates to help you choose the one that best suits your roof repair.
Do Your Research: The first step in finding a reliable contractor is to find several in your area to call. Ask trustworthy friends and family for references and use Angie’s List, Connecticut’s BBB or HomeAdvisor to search for online reviews. Make sure that all contractors have a permanent place of business and phone number so they can be reached if any problems arise after the roof installation.
Ask Questions: Once you’ve found a few companies, make sure they are properly licensed in Connecticut and can provide such documents as business licenses, liability insurance and workers compensation as well as local testimonials.
- Insurance Policies: It is extremely important to make sure the contractor is liable for any damages to the home or injuries that happen during installation. You do not want to get stuck with any of those fees and the added hassle.
Warranties: Find out if the company backs the quality of their roof with a warranty. Make sure you understand exactly what the warranty offers, as many back entire roof replacements, but not minor repairs. Be sure to obtain a copy of the warranty if the contractor does provide one.
Evaluate and Compare Estimates: You may be tempted to jump on the first estimate you receive, but it is always safer to get at least three different contractor’s estimates before making any decisions. A low price often means hidden shortcomings. Here is what to consider.
- Roof Quality: Check to see if the roof that the contractor is offering you includes such things as waterproofing, ventilation and durable materials. Also check that each estimate is quoting on similar factors, like quantity of material so it is easier to compare.
- Time Frames: Be sure to find out when the repair will start and how long it will take. Typically, installation should begin about 2-4 weeks after the contract is signed. Compare the estimated times across contractors and your references’ experiences. It is also important to ask about weather conditions and how the upcoming forecast could affect the contractor’s schedule.
- Payments: NEVER choose a roofing contractor who requires you to pay upfront. It is typically for contractors to ask for a small deposit, but this should not exceed 25% of what you will end up paying. After installation, check the roof yourself before handing over the final payment.
Contracts: Once you have landed on one CT contractor, make sure that company provides you with a detailed and written proposal that describes exactly what work is going to be done, how long the installation will take and how the payment is handled.
Your roof is one of the most important investments for your home. Use these tips on how to select a trustworthy Connecticut contractor and compare their given estimates. When it comes to home repair in Connecticut, you can trust Fiderio & Sons to provide you with proper guidance, quality work and excellent customer service for your successful roof repair.
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