Maybe you’re looking to restore your roof following a major weather event, or perhaps considering a commercial roofing replacement. Whatever the project, the process will have to start with a professional roof inspection and detailed proposal. You’ll want to pay close attention to the latter because it will provide you with a better idea about all the aspects involved with the project.
So what exactly should be included in your roof proposal? The premier roofing company in the area, Your Professional Roofer LLC, lists them here.
- Expected Start and Completion Date. Your roof proposal should contain both the start and completion dates of your project. You’ll want to know exactly when the work will start for the simple reason of checking if the timeline will be convenient to you. Plus, it allows you to make all the necessary preparations for the work ahead. It’s also important to have a completion date in the proposal. This gives you an idea of how long it will take your roofer to finish the job. Barring unwelcome surprises, such as disagreeable weather and hidden roof damage, your roofer should be able to complete your project on schedule.
- Roof Estimate Materials. Both residential and commercial roofing proposals should have a breakdown of materials and products used for the project–from asphalt shingles, roof membranes, and underlayment to ventilation, roof deck and flashing. What brand are you using? What size and type of nails? How thick is the underlayment? The details about them in the roof proposal should be extremely specific. Not only that–the cost of every material and product should also be listed there.
- Payment Details. Your roof proposal must spell out which parties are responsible for specific tasks in the project. In the event some aspects of the work will be outsourced to subcontractors, these parties should be identified fully. What’s more, information about payment terms should be expanded on, such as down payments, progress payments, and end payments. What payment method will be used? Did you register for a roof financing program? Make sure these are included in the proposal. More important of all, the paperwork should have a provision allowing you to hold back the final payment if you’re not completely satisfied with the job.
- Expenses. These aren’t limited to material and labor costs. If you’re investing in a roof replacement, the expenses of pulling building permits, renting dumpsters, and tearing off the old roof should also be clear on the proposal. If the work has resulted in unnecessary mess, the document should explain whether the roofing contractor will be responsible for cleanup and disposal.
- Full Work Description. It’s important that both you and your choice of roofing contractor are on the same page about the work to be done. For this reason, an exhaustive description of the roofing project, every step to be taken, plus workmanship and material guarantees, should be included in the proposal. Don’t overlook post-repair or installation cleanup expectations, as well.
- Company Information. These should include the roofer’s legal business name, address, phone, and email. The proposal should also have information about licenses, insurance coverage, and warranties. All of these details will cover you in case something goes awry during your roof replacement or repair.
- A Clear Exit. Your roof proposal should have a well-defined termination clause, with details on the exact reasons you or your roofer are terminating the agreement.
Understanding every detail of your roof proposal might help save you a lot of major headaches down the line. And if you want to protect yourself better, watch out for a proposal that seems too good to be true because it almost always is. Be wary of too-low bids because you might end up with subpar materials and sloppy workmanship. Is the contractor offering to waive or cover your deductible? That’s a law violation, so drop them immediately.
Hiring the Right Roofing Company
Since you already know what goes into a roof proposal, the next step is to look for a roofing company that can provide a detailed one, and can guarantee exceptional results. Starting your search might seem daunting, but the task gets easier once you know what to look for. You can get started by:
- Asking family and friends for a local referral. This seems a bit old-school, but a referral can actually give you a clearer and more accurate idea of how a given roofing repair or replacement contractor does business. You won’t have to scour the Internet for a potential roofer either–all you need to do is place a call to family or friends.
- Do your research. Now that you have a few names, time to do a background check. First off, make sure the roofer has an updated business website. You’ll want to check for their legal business name, physical business location, working phone number, and email. It’s preferable if the company website has a reviews page so you can read the testimonials left by previous clients. You should also look them up on prominent industry organizations like the Better Business Bureau® (BBB). This allows you to check their scores and ratings, and determine whether they have any outstanding complaints. Your Professional Roofer LLC, for instance, is a BBB Accredited Business with an A+ Rating.
- Check their credentials. You’ll want to work with a roofing repair or replacement company that is fully licensed and has the necessary insurance, including worker’s compensation and liability coverage. That’s not all–you should also check for manufacturer certifications. Your Professional Roofer LLC is certified by two of the top roof manufacturers in North America, GAF® and Owens Corning®. We offer access to some of the highest quality roofing products available today, and you can always expect superior workmanship that adheres to the brand’s quality specifications. Plus, you’ll benefit from our extensive manufacturer warranties and own workmanship guarantee, which can add an extra layer of protection to your investment.
It’s always a good idea to hire a roofing company that is always ready and able to answer any questions you might have, or address any concerns about the project. Your Professional Roofer is exactly that. We are committed to complete client satisfaction, after all. Our customer-centric approach to any project makes us one of the leading roofing companies in the area. We proudly serve Saint Peters, MO and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (636) 866-5660 or fill out this contact form to schedule your roof evaluation.