When planning a roof replacement, it’s important to know the things that go into it — installation timelines, types of material and hiring the right roofers, to name a few. Just as important is knowing the hurdles that can derail your project. In today’s post, local roofing company JAM Roofing helps you with your roof replacement plans by taking a look at these common pitfalls, and how to avoid them.
Not Researching Prospective Roofing Contractors
Unless you’ve already been working with a trusted roofer, you’ll eventually find yourself shortlisting a few prospective contractors. Do not make the mistake of choosing the roofer based on arbitrary reasons like because they offered a low estimate, or because you know someone who works there. Do your due diligence and look up a prospective roofer’s license and insurance coverage. In Oregon, roofing contractors are required to complete pre-license training and pass a test before they become eligible for a license from the Construction Contractors Board. Also, take the time to call references, as well as verify a roofer’s manufacturer certification, if they’re advertising it.
Accepting Verbal Quotes and Estimates
“Always keep it in writing” is a good rule to remember in anything that involves a contract, and that includes roof replacement — after all, a signed quote is considered binding. Consider it a red flag if a roofer finds ways to delay providing a written quote or estimate. Conversely, a reputable roofing contractor will make sure that you have a written estimate that you can review and amend before you apply your signature.
Ignoring Local Building Codes
Sometimes roofing contractors unknowingly commit building code violations if they happen to be from out of town and there are codes that are specific to a client’s location. This is why having some knowledge of them — particularly the ones applicable to your current project — can be helpful. The easiest way around this, of course, is to work with a local roofer.
Not Planning for Unexpected Costs
A roofer may find hidden problems like rot or mold after the project has already started. Most of the time, ignoring these problems can result in a compromised roofing structure. Since the cost of repairs are not included in the original contract price, this will be tacked onto the final payment. To avoid derailing the project, plan for these unexpected costs by preparing an “emergency budget” worth about 10% to 20% of the contract price. Nobody wants to deal with such emergencies, but, to paraphrase a popular saying: “it’s better to have a budget and not need it, than to need it and not have it”.
JAM Roofing is one of the most trusted roofing companies serving Grants Pass, OR, as well as surrounding communities in Medford, Oregon. Give us a call at (541) 773-7663, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation.