One of the best ways to make sure that a contractor is legit is by making sure they provide a thorough and detailed job proposal that includes everything you need to know about the job being done on your roof. A proposal needs to be clearly written, detailed, and broken down into segments with an accurate estimate that can be referenced throughout the job and payment process. While there may be other items included in a job proposal, these are 9 of the items that need to be included. If they aren’t included in the job proposal, talk to your contractor and ask for one to be redrafted with all the information you’ll need to feel confident in the service they're providing. Roof Type A proposal needs to have all details on the type of roof being installed, from the roof covering, manufacturer, color, shingle arrangement and more. This may also include the specifications of your roof such as the pitch, slope, size, and area of the roof. This is so that you can compare these numbers and items to the estimate they provided to ensure that what’s being charged matches the type of roof you’re having installed. Materials With so many different types of materials that can be used on a roof, it’s important that a job proposal clarify the material types being added. Not only does a proposal need to outline whether you’re installing a tile, asphalt, metal, or slate roof, but it also needs to include all materials being used such as underlayment, ice dam protection membrane, Ice and Water shield, right down to the nails. Scope The scope of work to be done includes what you, the contractor, and insurance company agreed to be done on your roof. If the agreement was to replace or repair an existing roof, this needs to be clearly stated so the job gets done properly. Other work such as flashing work and ventilation work must also be added with detailed descriptions of how many vents need to be installed, how many need to be torn out, where the flashing work will be done, and how the replacement will be completed. People Responsible This section covers who will be responsible for covering costs if damage is done during the roof job. For example, if while working on your roof a beam carried by one of the workers breaks a window, the contracting company should be responsible for this. Before you sign anything make sure to read this section very carefully. Some companies will put into the proposal that they are not responsible for damages. This isn’t ethically right and should be pointed out before signing a contract. Installation Method There are different methods for installing different roof types. Make sure the job proposal explains exactly what methods are being used, such as different fastening methods. Not all shingle types are treated equal and one installation method wouldn’t work quite as well on certain shingles as they would on others. You can reference the job proposal if there are any issues with your roof in the future such as leaks from improper installation. This evidence can help during a claim on your roof’s warranty. Estimate Some job proposals leave out the estimate and deliver this to you separately. Either way, it’s important to have. The final cost of your new roof should be as close to the estimate as possible, especially if the roof is being financed by your homeowner’s insurance. Before signing, read this over and ask for clarification on items that confuse you. Some contractors add costs that don’t always make sense and sometimes aren’t even necessary. If you’re paying out of pocket, this is a big concern for you. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Completion Time A roof job can take anywhere from 4 days to 3 weeks. This time frame is dependent on a culmination of different factors like the type of roofing materials, extent of damage, or size of the roof. It also depends on your schedule as well. If you ask for them to only work on the roof for a certain amount of hours a day on particular days instead of their suggested work schedule, it may take longer. Use this as a guide to how to handle your day to day life while your home is under construction. Payment Procedures Payment procedures should include how payment will be made, the total cost, how payments may be distributed, ways you can make payments, and whether the insurance company is involved or not. If anything is wrong in this section, it’s important to contact both your contractor and insurance company to rectify the mistake. Length of Warranty The warranty section can get complicated. Some contractors give a labor warranty and some don’t. Most contractors should include the information about the manufacturer’s warranty here as well which changes depending on what company they buy their materials from. Coverage includes bad installation, faulty materials, water leakage, workmanship, and more. You’ll use this information if there is a problem after construction is done and you need to have them come back and do repairs. This is typically free if the company is backed by a labor warranty. Crest Exteriors ensures that the job proposals we provide you are comprehensive and thorough, just like our free no-obligation inspections. We provide ample time for you to review the proposal and make sure that everything on there is accurate and to your liking.
Call us today at 855-316-7663 for a free inspection. We’ll provide an estimate and if you choose us, we’ll help you file an insurance claim and provide you with top-notch customer service.
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