Published on: August 13, 2023
When getting your roof redone, you can get a roof or a quality roof. Researching the contractors carefully will help ensure you end up with the very best possible outcome for your project.
Using a professional contractor will help ensure your project is done right and has adequate warranties to protect your home long-term.
Replacing your home’s roof is a big investment. It requires time and money. So, should you do it yourself? Or should you hire a contractor?
While DIY might be tempting, this project is certainly one where you’ll want to hire professionals. As you weigh the pros and cons of DIY versus hiring a professional, consider several things including, time, cost, quality, and so on.
However, if you are looking to drastically improve the look of your home, and want the best roofing solution, a professional contractor can help. Here’s a look at what a professional contractor brings to your project.
This is the most important aspect of working on any roof. You need to follow proper safety procedures while you are on the job. Most DIY roofers don’t know the struggle of completing a project on an inclined surface. Plus, there’s the risk of climbing ladders and using complex and dangerous tools.
That’s why roofing contractors are a reliable option offering extensive safety and proper roofing tools. The experts have undergone training and have years of experience replacing roofs on a variety of homes with varying features and roof pitches. Additionally, the best roofing experts are fully insured and licensed. So, you can sit back and relax, allowing them to perform their work with perfection.
Just be leery of hiring a friend who claims to know a thing or two about roofing or working with just any contractor. If they are not insured and get injured while working on your home, you could be left holding their medical bills or claiming them against your homeowner’s insurance. Either way, it will make your roofing project more expensive than just hiring a quality contractor in the first place.
When you plan to do roofing for your property, you want to invest in the best quality product, right? However, with so many manufacturers and material options, it can be a bit daunting for you.
A roofing contractor can visit your home, and review its existing colors and materials to make recommendations. Then, their representative can sit down with you, discuss the budget, project expectations and more to help you find the ideal materials that will work best based on your needs.
Every home is different with varying surrounding structures and landscaping. That makes every roof unique and there is no one-size-fits-all solution that is ideal for all roofs and all budgets. That’s where this in-person expertise is so helpful.
2FL Windows, Siding and Roofing has been in the industry for more than 20 years. Its team has seen countless roofs and worked with many roofing manufacturers and their products to know what works best long-term and what materials end up with the most warranty claims. That expertise is invaluable when going through a project of this magnitude.
If you search for roofers in your area, you’ll find that there are many options in your area. While this is great because it provides options, it can also give some people analysis paralysis as they try to talk to all contractors in their area to make the best decision.
Instead, it’s better to ask around for referrals from friends, family or neighbors who have recently been through the process. Then read some online reviews to see if other customers’ thoughts align with that of your contacts after they share their referrals.
Then you can begin a short list of contractors that will be far more manageable to evaluate than reviewing everyone in your area.
As you start meeting with your shortlist, ask about whether the contractor has installed roofs on homes just like yours, including going around chimneys or other rooftop features. Or perhaps you’re looking to get a metal roof or rooftop solar panels installed. Regardless of the features that are most important to you, make sure the contractor has the required expertise.
Once you’ve made it through the initial research phase, you’re ready to start interviewing and getting quotes from contractors. As you engage in this process, you might be wondering what to look for or what questions to ask. Here’s what you need to know about finding the best roofers in your area.
If you’re working with an unlicensed contractor, it could void your warranties and lead to many headaches if the workmanship is poor. You can search for a contractor in the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries to ensure they have and maintain the proper licenses to engage in roofing work.
Get a better feel for the contractor and their quality by discussing what materials they recommend or are most accustomed to using. Then do a little research on those materials to see what the industry thinks of them to see just how good this contractor is.
When a contractor quotes a project, there likely is little room for negotiation. That’s because the price is based on materials and labor at the time. But you might be able to find a time of year when the contractor is slower and more willing to negotiate. Discuss possibilities to help you meet your budget. Additionally, some contractors also have bank partners that can help you secure financing at a fair rate with a faster process because they’re already established with the contractor.
Roofing contracts are important because they detail what each party is agreeing to and the terms, including warranties and disputes. Keep the contract in a safe place for the life of your roof. That way, if you need to complete a warranty claim, you’ll have the capability to do so. Getting project details in writing also gives you one final chance to ensure everything is in order before signing and getting the project underway.
When you work with 2FL for your roofing needs, you can rest assured you’re getting the very best. With outstanding warranties, helpful financing available, and industry-leading insurance and bonding, you can rest assured you’ll be covered no matter what you or the contractor encounter when working on your roof.
Schedule your free in-person consultation today to meet the experts, discuss your needs, and start the process of working toward your new roof.
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