Top 4 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your New Roof

If this is the first time you’re getting your roof replaced, you should know that there are a lot of things to be done during planning. Designing the new roof, finding the right roofers and financing the project are important steps you need to take. The following are some of the common rookie mistakes you should be aware of and try to avoid.

  1. Not Asking for a Written Estimate – One rule that you should always remember is that if it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist. This is especially true for quotes. Never settle for a verbal agreement. That is not to say that you shouldn’t trust contractors, but you should be aware that unscrupulous contractors do exist. The contractor should at least be able to provide a digital copy of the quote, with the physical copy to be delivered shortly.

  2. Not Reviewing the Contract – Before you apply your signature to the contract, make sure you have reviewed every detail. Remember that the contract isn’t binding until you sign it, so if you need to amend details, make corrections or raise questions, do it before signing the contract.

  3. Agreeing to Start Before Permits and Other Requirements Are in Place – Roofing contractors are responsible for building permits and related paperwork, since our signatures are required for the paperwork. Capable roofing contractors like us have the experience to calculate the project start and completion dates accurately.

  4. Not Finalizing the Roof Design – It’s not uncommon for homeowners to change their minds in the middle of the project; however, it’s not without cost. Changes such as switching to a different roofing material can delay the project as the new material will have to be delivered from the factory to the premises. Depending on the contractor, you might be required to pay for the cost of both the original and amended roof.

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