Residential Roofing Contract
Roofing is a process you may not be familiar with until it's time to replace your own roof. And even then, there’s a lot to learn about which products to use and what procedures best meet your individual roofing needs. Therefore, it’s vital to understand the ins and outs of your roofing contract and the procedures that may be new to you.
We’ve outlined some important points to consider as you evaluate the terms of your proposed job contract.
Being confident you have selected the right roofing contractor will help assure that you have a quality roof overhead and that your hard-earned money has been wisely spent.
During our visit to your home, we will introduce a variety of brands, styles and designs. A Roof Maintenance.ca sales person, will assist you in understanding the difference in the aesthetics from one style to another. We will educate you on making your choice considering not only color but also texture, style and construction, enabling you to find the best product for your home.
Evaluating the Contract. Details, Details!
Most of our contracts for residential roofing work are simple and straightforward. Regardless of the form of the agreement, you should read all of the specific items in the contract carefully.
It is in your interest that items which are important to you be stated in writing in the contract.
Start and stop dates are difficult to pin down due to the unpredictability of the weather. But you can control exceptions. For instance, negotiate a “no-later-than” clause. Be reasonable, but do make it clear that these terms will be enforced if necessary.
This clause establishes a time period in which the homeowner can cancel the contract without penalty. 48 hours is usually the time period given for a right-to-rescind without penalty. If the homeowner cancels the job after the right-to-rescind period has elapsed, then the contractor may hold your deposit or request a certain dollar or percentage value of the contract in return.
Schedule terms, deposits and method of payment should be written out and fully understood.
In the Toronto area most roofing contractors will require an initial deposit at the time of contract signing. The amount of the deposits can vary any where from 10-25% of the total value of the contract.
Preliminary inspection of your property
Agree to an inspection before the job with the Roof Maintenance.ca job supervisor. Establish the condition of the property before any work is done. Take special care to list the conditions of landscaping and equipment located under or near the roof eaves. Do not be unreasonable on your expectations. It is not possible to re-roof a house without some of the debris landing on your lawn.
We call for a daily clean-up of your premises. This becomes very important if shingle tear-off is necessary. We also take all the necessary steps to protect your property from any possible damage.
Understanding the Contractor
This information serves as a guide to shopping for a good contractor and negotiating a good contract.
However, you should keep in mind that your contractor is also shopping. A contractor is shopping for good jobs that will make a fair profit and bring future referrals.
Many contractors have had experiences with unreasonable or dishonest homeowners. Therefore, they look for warning signs of customer problems during the initial job interview.
Show the contractor that you are an informed consumer who has both your and his best interests in mind.
Getting a Roofing Contractor to want your Job
Many homeowners have been mystified by the seeming lack of interest and response from contractors when they receive a call for a job.
- When you call a roofer, tell him you are shopping around, but are only interviewing three, not ten companies.
- Call contractors in the general vicinity. Roofers prefer to work close to home, just like everyone else.
- Tell the contractor you call that you are not looking for the lowest bid, but rather the best value. And ask for a Good-Better-Best proposal.
- If you have seen work by a contractor in your neighborhood and you liked it, or if someone referred a contractor to you, call him. And when you do call, mention how you received the contractor’s name.
By following these tips you can help a roofer to determine that you are a good prospect and worth his effort. We hope this article will help you in making the right choice.
Contractor’s workmanship and manufacturers warranty.
The roofer will warrant his workmanship. The manufacturer, on the other hand, warranties the roofing material against defects in manufacturing. Thus, two warranties will cover the shingle roof system. Understand them both.
Usually, problems of either workmanship or material show up very quickly. Therefore, the near-term warranty given by the contractor or manufacturer is more important than the warranty coverage during the later years of the warranty.
Even if problems of workmanship arise after the workmanship warranty has lapsed, a reliable contractor usually will want to stand behind his work.
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