The hardest part of hiring a roofing contractor is finding one to begin with. Once you’ve waded through all the options, the rest seems like a breeze. But before you get too comfortable, there’s the roofing contract. Like any contract, you’ll want to read over everything carefully and ask any questions you might have before signing. Want to know what you can expect? Here are a few things you should be able to find on any roofing contract.
Your roof contract should include the warranty for the roof — both the product warranty and any labor warranty. Be careful of the blanket statement of “lifetime warranty.” Many lifetime warranties have loopholes that homeowners don’t notice until something happens and they try to cash in that warranty. The product warranty is determined by the manufacturer, while the labor warranty is determined by the contractors. At Montgomery Winslow, we offer a 10 year warranty for labor, significantly longer than our competitors offer.
Your roofing contract should also tell you exactly what to expect from your project. That includes a description of how the work will be done, in what frame of time, who will be in charge of what aspects of the job, and how the homeowner can be in contact with those people. Of course, there might be weather delays or delays due to emergencies. It’s always a good idea to ask what potential delays might emerge and what the roofer’s policy is in that event.
Breakdown of Costs
Every homeowner wants to know how much they’ll have to spend on a project. A good roofing contract will include a breakdown of the costs for permits, products, and cleanup. With your initial roofing estimate, you should receive a fair layout of costs, but the roofing contract will also help to clarify this and put your mind at ease.
Questions about what you can expect on a roofing contract? Need clarification on your own roofing contract before you sign? Contact Montgomery Winslow today for more information or a free estimate.