The Essential Laws of Roofs Explained


Finding a Good Roofer Roofing materials are only good for a relatively small part of a roofing job’s bill, and the bulk of the expenses will go to the skilled labor involved. That makes choosing an experienced pro necessary. Finding Prospects First of all, check the yellow pages only if you can’t obtain recommendations from friends or neighbors, or your local lumberyard or home builders.
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It’s good to start with at least two prospects. Both should have been operating for at least five years — unreliable roofers do not usually last that long.
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Checking Out References If they check out, ask them for names and contact details of a few of their old clients, and forget anyone who shows the slightest sign of hesitation. Inspecting Past Work It is important to make time to do a drive-by inspection of your prospects’ recent jobs. See if the spaces in between individual shingle tabs (called water gaps) are in perfect alignment while alternating shingle rows. Shingles must be trimmed clean along the valleys and go above the valley flashing. As well, shingles on roof ends should be neatly trimmed and aligned with the edge of the roof – irregular lines mean poor quality work. Flashing at roof valleys and eaves should be neat and tar-free. If things stand up to scrutiny, give references a call and ask them questions. Questions to Ask For example, would they use the roofer again? Did the roof, at any time after installation, leak? If so, was the roofer courteous and prompt in their response, and were there charges for extra work? Did they spend more than the original budget, and if so, how much was the excess? Were they satisfied with the roofer’s justification of the additional costs? During or after the project’s completion, did they have any damaged flowers or bushes, or did they find nails lying in the driveway? Quality roofers clean up, period. Did they have a foreman they could directly talk to regarding their concerns, from tearing the old roof down to installing the new one? Insurance Of course, on top of workmanship and price, there are other equally vital matters you need to look into. For one, insurance. The roofer should have adequate coverage for liability as well as workers’ compensation. If they claim to be insured, don’t just believe them – let them prove it. Warranties Make sure you get a warranty for defects related to labor, such as flashing failure and leaks. A one-year warranty is the minimum, though two or three years is preferable. One year is the minimum, but if possible, go for two or three years. These very stipulations, plus the type of shingles they will use, should be included in the written contract. Better to ask for the highest quality shingles that fit into your budget. Finally, shingle makers often offer from 20 to 30 years in warranty, but remember that this will be instantly voided when you install the new shingles over the old ones. In short, you need to remove existing shingles first, usually for an extra cost.