• Building Permits: What's necessary? Consider local ordinances, costs, posting requirements.
  • Products/Materials: What will be used, brands, colors, etc.
  • Project Inspections: number of inspections, completion timetable
  • Site Procedures: work hours, clean-up procedures on the around your home, safety precautions, etc.
  • Warranties: Including both workmanship and product.
  • Terms: Detailed method of payment to include a lien waiver upon final payment. Reputable roofing contractors will not need cash up front for 99% of all jobs they do.  There are only two reasons why you should pay cash up front: The only circumstances that would make it necessary are if you special order non-returnable roofing materials, or insurance does not cover your repairs and you have questionable credit. Be careful of contractors who ask for money up front, especially if your roof is standard wood, composition, or tile shingles. This is the number one area of fraud among contractors.
  • Liens: You should be aware that under the laws of most states, a contractor who does work on your home, or a supplier of materials for such work, has a right to place a lien on your property. Make sure all essential elements of your agreement are written down and understood by both parties.
  • Ventilation: The roofing company you choose should discuss ventilation in your home. Ventilation is the key to having the Perfect Roofing System. You can install the shingles correctly, but if the home is not properly ventilated, the life expectancy of your roof is drastically reduced and the shingle manufacturer warranty could be void due to improper ventilation.
  • Who do you contact for customer service after the sale: The roofing company you choose should be able to answer this question easily and you should ALWAYS make sure to get your warranty in writing at the completion of the project.


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