The roof of your house has an average lifespan of 15 years or so. If your roof is under the age of fifteen and you’re experiencing problems with roofing, you’re likely looking to have your roof patched rather than replaced. If your roof is older than 15 years, you may need to have a new roof built. Whether you need repairs to the roofing, a re-roof or a new roof construction, employing a professional roofing contractor is wise. A roofing contractor may determine the condition of your roof, recommend proper repair or replacement, use the correct roofing materials and ensure a professional installation.
It is recommended that you get references and recommendations from friends and family before hiring a roofing contractor. Even if you have no references, you can certainly get several quotes for the roofing before hiring a contractor. A roofing quote should be complete and highly detailed, with information on the work to be done, the cost of materials and labor and a timetable for the duration of the work. A further thing to check on is that the quote involves cleaning. Otherwise, this might be an additional cost or something you’ll have to take care of yourself.
Hiring a professional is critical, and checking the roofing contractor’s credentials. Tell them for how long they spent in company. Check the Board of the Contractor for any file grievances or litigation. Verify that they have a physical address. Like other contractors, many roofers are “fly by night” companies who literally operate out of their vehicles. There are even accounts of scams from such forms who work for fake business identities that have no business license or physical business location. Such dubious forms work from their trucks and take money from unknown owners of their houses. Roofing contractors should also get proper licensing, insurance and bonding. It protects you, the landlord, during their operation, from any harm to your house.
If you decide on repairs to the roof, a re-roof or a completely new roof construction, your town would need building permits. Make sure that the roofing company you choose to employ is familiar with the required permits, as well as local building codes. Even inspections are probably required per building code, possibly before, during and after completion of the construction. Make sure that the roofer meets all requirements. This is critical because if the roofer fails to comply you may be liable for damages or repairs required to code the job.