Finding the perfect roofing contractor can seem like a difficult task, but if you are well prepared, it makes the process much easier and relieves a lot of potential stress and worry. We will discuss how to choose a roofing contractor as well as address some questions that you may have about the ensuing process. Feel free to give us a call if you wish to learn more.
Choosing the Right Contractor for Your Roofing Project
When choosing the best roofing contractor in Greenwood, there are a few factors that will influence your project positively or negatively. Your roof is one of the most important aspects of your home and it is important to make sure that you appropriately vet and research each potential contractor. Below, we have a list of what to look for when interviewing roofing contractors.
- Positive References: All references are not created equal. Ensure that you ask for and receive verifiable references from your roofing contractor. Ideally, you’ll want to speak with references that have had similar work done to their roof in the past.
- Protection: Ask for proof of liability insurance as well as workers compensation insurance. You want to be protected if an accident occurs on your property during the completion of your project.
- Legal: It is mandatory for all roofers in Greenwood to be licensed as well as obtain building permits when the project begins.
- Communication: Begin gauging their levels of communication in the beginning of the relationship. If you are finding it difficult to get in contact with your roofer before your project is started then you will more than likely have the same problems during the construction phase. This can be a potential nightmare.
- Local: Ensure that your potential contractor has a footprint in the Greenwood area. There are many national companies that will subcontract work out to contractors that are not actually familiar with their organization. This can cause quality to suffer in the long run.
- Experience: It may be a foregone conclusion that most licensed roofers are experienced, but ensure that they are specifically experienced with the type of roof that you are installing on your home.
Unless you are in a dire situation that requires immediate work, ensure that you take your time and properly research who your contractor is before you allow them to work on one of the more important parts of your home.
What to Expect After You Choose a Contractor
Once you have signed the paperwork, the process will begin. One of the first steps that your roofer will take is to obtain a building permit for your new roof. After this process is completed, a city official will inspect your property as well as ensure that your roofer has appropriate insurance and is licensed. After approval, your roofer will begin working. In some cases, there may be instances that your roof will require more work than initially estimated due to underlying damage. While this does not happen all the time, it is possible, depending on the overall age and condition of your home. When the work begins on your roof, you will need to relocate for a few days as this can become a dangerous environment.
Your roofer will begin by removing your old roof, making any ancillary repairs, installing a leak barrier and finally installing the new roofing system.
How Long Will it Take to Finish My Roof?
Though this is a highly technical process, roofing contractors have learned to replace roofs in a short time period, as long as they are not inundated with inclimate weather that hinders the process. The exact time that it will take to replace your roof will depend largely on the complexity of your specific roofing project. However, the typical timeframe is two to three days. Communication with your roofing contractor will allow you to make the appropriate plans for yourself and your family regarding your temporary living arrangements. At Jackson Contracting, we make it a point to maintain constant contact and provide timely updates as the project is being completed.
How Long Can I Expect my New Roof To Last?
This figure will vary widely depending on the type of material that you choose. For instance, an asphalt roof will last on average for 10 to 15 years while a slate roof can last 75 to 150 years. In addition to material, it is important to inspect your roof bi-annually for visible damage, leaks and potentially hazardous situations. It is also important to consistently clean debris off of your roof and limit the number of potential hazards to your roof like low-hanging trees, standing water, sagging power lines and nesting animals. At a minimum, every three years you should have your roof professionally inspected by your roofing contractor. Taking these precautionary steps will optimize the life of your roof.
What You Should Know About Warranties
There are typically two warranties. The first is a warranty that cover your roofing material. These can last for 20 to 40 years depending on the manufacturer. In addition to the materials warranty, at Jackson Contracting we offer a workmanship warranty that will typically be for five to ten years. It is important to understand the value of each warranty before the work on your roof beings. Be sure to get the warranty in writing and discuss it thoroughly with your roofing contractor. Material warranties usually cover any defects that occur with your roofing material. Workmanship warranties typically cover any potential defects caused during the installation phase. It is important to work with a reputable and experienced company so you can be assured that your warranty will be honored just in case it is needed. Jackson Contracting has been in business for over 10 years and has gained a reputation for excellent work and keeping our word as the premiere roofing contractor in Greenwood.