making decisions about roof replacements

making decisions about roof replacements

The Dos and Don'ts of Hiring a Roofing Company

by Lorraine Fisher

Is your roof in need of repairs or replacement? Are you considering hiring a roofing company, but don't know what to do? These three most important dos and don'ts will help you easily proceed through the process of finding the right roofer for your home.

Don't fall for roofing scams

You may be tempted to hire the person that rings your doorbell after the last big storm, saying he was driving through your neighborhood and is willing to fix your roof because he has materials left over from his last job. He may tempt you further by quoting you a price that seems ridiculously low, but beware of anyone whose rates seem too good to be true. Very often, these people have no roofing experience at all, and are looking for victims to scam. If you agree to hire them, they'll go up on your roof with a few tools, make some noise, then come down and tell you that everything is fixed. They'll be long gone with your cash before you realize that you were tricked out of your money and that your roof still needs repairs. 

Do get multiple quotes

If you have never had your roof done before, you may be tempted to simply go with the first company you find so that it can be done more quickly. However, the first company you find in the phone book or online isn't always the cheapest or fastest. Make sure to get itemized quotes from every roofing company that you contact. This will help you to compare and decide whether the prices are similar or vastly different. For example, one roofing company may include the cost of replacing the flashing in their initial quote. Others will charge extra if they end up replacing the flashing on your roof.

Don't forget to call your insurance agent

Your agent will be able to tell you if any of the work is covered by your homeowner's insurance policy. They'll also be able to tell you if you can be reimbursed for additional costs such as a hotel stay while the work is being completed. While you have them on the phone, make sure to ask them about your liabilities if one of the workers is hurt while they're on your property. They'll be able to check your insurance as well as the roofing company's policy and provide you with the information you need. If the damage was caused by a storm, they will obviously probably want to come out and take pictures of the damage before the work begins.

For price quotes, contact a professional like JAG Roofing.


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making decisions about roof replacements

Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.