Hiring A Roofing Contractor? Know What To Look For In The Contract

Posted on: 17 July 2018

Have you decided to hire a roofing contractor to install a new roof on your house? If so, you'll need to sign a contract for the work that they are going to do. The contract defines the scope of the work that the roofer will perform, which is why you want to read over it carefully to make sure it has the following things in it.

Material List

Some homeowners do their research prior to having a roof installed and know the exact kind of roofing material that they want to have installed. Other homeowners may only discuss it with their roofing contractor and use their recommendation to ultimately make a decision on what material will be used. In each situation, you want the roofing material to be listed in the contract so that you know exactly what material you're getting.

Listing the materials in the roofing contract will allow you to verify the roofing material when it arrives at your home. It also allows you to have a record somewhere of what was used, including the manufacturer of the material. If you have a warranty, that should be included as part of the contract, since a professional installation will help the warranty be valid if you do need to use it.

Documentation of Insurance

Anybody working on your house should be insured for the work that they are doing. Do not just assume that a roofing contractor has liability insurance to cover the roofers doing the labor. In a worst case scenario, somebody can get hurt on the job and try to sue you for damages. Having proof of liability insurance means that any injuries on the job are settled through the company's insurance provider rather than your homeowner's insurance.

Disposal of Waste

All the old roofing material will be ripped off your roof and disposed of. Make sure that you know how this will happen and that there is a plan in place. For instance, disposing of old shingles will require a dumpster, and you'll want to know where the dumpster will go, if there is any additional charge to rent the dumpster, and if there are charges to dispose of the material. This is a cost that is not associated with installing a roof on a brand new home, so it makes sense that these costs are separate and itemized.

Your brand new roof installation should go smoothly by knowing that these 3 things are in the contract. Contact a local roofing company for more information.