If you’re planning a roof replacement or repair project, you’ll most likely contact multiple roofing companies before signing off on a deal with one. Each contractor will present their own unique offers, prices and promotions to get you to work with them. With all of these options befor you, it can be quite daunting to choose one, especially if you don’t know what to look out for.
In this blog post, Hoover Contracting Inc, your trusted roofing company, shares the things you need to consider when assessing and comparing estimates from various roofing companies.
What to Compare?
Once you’ve gotten multiple quotes from different companies, you might wonder what you should actually be looking out for. Here we’ll break down a few key points you should keep in mind when comparing roofing quotes.
Before choosing a roof replacement contractor, try and compare what materials they’re going to use for your roofing project. This helps you better understand how to get the most out of your investment and understand the big picture. Obviously, all of the roofers will include shingles on the material list, but you should also check to see if they include supplementary materials that will support your roof such as sealants, spare plywood, underlayment felt and other adhesives.
Also, don’t immediately go for a package that only includes premium roofing materials. Like we stated earlier, you’re better off having spare materials in case your roof fails since it’s costlier in the long run to get new replacement materials such as plywood boards separately if you didn’t have them from the start.
Labor is probably one of the most important things to consider when assessing a roofing quote, whether it’s for a replacement or an emergency roof repair project. After all, labor costs vary from one contractor to another. Some contractors charge more if they have skilled workers. Most of the time, people shy away from contractors with high labor costs, failing to see the long-term benefits of this decision.
Do you want to cut back on labor costs just to have less-experienced workers work on your roof and possibly commit mistakes here and there? Or would you rather spend more and hire an experienced roofing contractor who’ll go the extra mile to ensure everything is installed properly? If you want to have a great roof, you’ll want to work with experienced roofers.
Some shady contractors try to hide certain fees and pass them off as “miscellaneous”. Be sure to check each of your estimates and see if they include incidentals. “Incidentals” in the roofing industry refer to the cleanup and waste disposal services right after a project is completed. After all, you wouldn’t want to hire someone who’s going to leave your project site as is with old shingles, nails and debris lying around. That’s just asking for an emergency roof repair in the long run if it happens to damage certain parts of your new roof.
Things to Ask Your Roofing Contractor
After reading this post, you should have a better understanding of what to look for when comparing roofing warranties. To help you make a better decision, here are a few questions you can ask your roofing contractor before fully committing to hiring them.
What kind of insurance do you have?
Most commercial roofing contractors have two kinds of insurance; namely, workers’ compensation and general liability insurance. Workers’ compensation addresses accidents that happen on the job and covers hospital bills for workers injured when working on your roof. This, in turn, transfers the responsibility to the contractor instead of forcing the homeowner to pay for it. General liability insurance is meant to cover any damage caused by workers when working on a project on your home. For example, if your home catches fire or your roof collapses because of their actions, general liability insurance covers it.
Are you a licensed contractor?
One way to tell a good contractor apart from their competition is if they have the proper licenses and certifications to back up their services. Don’t forget to check that their licenses are updated. Take note that each state has different licensing requirements, so it pays to double-check if your roof is up to the standard to prevent problems along the line.
How long have you been in the industry?
A great barometer for a roofing company’s stability and performance is how long they’ve been in business. This will give you an idea of the quality of their workmanship, since it’s hard to stay in the roofing industry with all of the competition that’s popping up if you don’t do quality work. Not to mention, this shows you how experienced they are. Experienced contractors are more likely to have seen it all and thus are usually more than ready to tackle any roofing job you throw them.
If you’re on the lookout for a trusted commercial roofing contractor, look no further than Hoover Contracting Inc! We’re a top-class residential and commercial roofing contractor ready to serve you. We’re also a GAF-Certified® Roofer that offers the best roofing materials on the market. Call us at (217) 213-5122 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us today.