Good planning will result in a roof replacement project that’s as close to hassle-free as you can get. To achieve this, you have to make sure all your bases are covered during the initial stages of the project. Here local roofing contractor Gresham Roofing and Construction shares common mistakes to avoid while planning a roof replacement.
Making your decisions based solely on price — One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is choosing the lowest bid without considering anything else. Unscrupulous contractors take advantage of this by cutting corners to come up with a low estimate. Choosing such contractors usually results in a subpar roof that leads to all sorts of problems down the line.
Paying for the project before it begins — Keep an eye out for contractors who ask for full payment before the project even begins. A typical payment plan starts with a down payment, followed by installments after reaching certain milestones, such as material delivery. The final installment is then paid after the project is successfully completed.
Skipping a written estimate or quote — A legitimate contractor will always provide a written roof estimate or quote at the end of every consultation. Skipping this could leave you open to inflated costs that you wouldn’t even know about until the end of the project.
Not signing the contract — In addition, there are homeowners who for one reason or another have gone ahead with their project without signing a contract, which is just as bad as skipping the written estimate. As responsible roofing contractors, we make sure that our clients are protected by having their roofing installation project properly documented. A contract is meant to not only “lock in” the terms and conditions, but also ensure the validity of the warranty coverage.
Not researching your roofer — A planned roof replacement is hardly an emergency, so there’s really no reason not to research local roofing contractors before hiring one. Take the time to verify license numbers (for us, this can be found at the bottom of every page of our website), insurance certificates and manufacturer certification. You can also verify customer feedback through organizations such as the Better Business Bureau (BBB), as well as by calling references provided by the contractor.