Q. Does my roof need to be replaced?
What to look for:
Q. How much does a new roof cost, and can I get a “ballpark” quote over the phone?
The cost of a new roof varies greatly. There are so many factors to be considered that a contractor must inspect the roof to give you an accurate quote.
Q. How do I select a roofing contractor?
Q. What information should I expect to be included with an estimate?
Your quote should include a list of materials, the work that needs to be done, how long it is expected to take and warranty information.
Q. What is the standard warranty for a roof?
Warranties vary depending on the materials, which are covered by manufacturers, and workmanship which is covered by the contractor. Ask for specific information and get it in writing.
Q. I have three estimates. One is much lower than the others. Should I go with the best price?
Not necessarily. If one quote is significantly lower it may be that there is a difference in the quality of materials used, or how thorough the contractor is. Ensure that all estimates are quoting for the same specifications. Ask questions and be sure you are satisfied with the answers before hiring a contractor.
Q. A contractor tells me I can save a lot of money if I pay him cash. Is this a good idea?
Absolutely not. A professional roofing contractor would not suggest this. “Under the table” work is often substandard, done with inferior materials, and it is illegal. Often these “companies” go out of business after a few months leaving you with no recourse if the job is poorly done. There is no way to get your money back if you cannot find them. Also, roofers who make this kind of offer usually do not have proper insurance, which could leave you liable if they are injured while working on your property.