There are more than a few reasons why homeowners choose to get a new roof. Whether your existing roofing system is failing to adequately protect your home or you are thinking about putting your house on the market, a new roof is an important decision that requires expert planning and care. Homeowners must protect themselves against costly mistakes and ensure proper installation. Let’s take a look at what homeowners can expect when they embark on a roofing restoration project.

Getting Started

The best and most effective way to start any roofing project is to seek out referrals. Ask family, friends and, most importantly, neighbors if they have suggestions for a local contractor, as there are many Jacksonville roofing companies. Once you have settled on one, ask for at least 5 references, past customers who will vouch for their exemplary work and attentive service. The key is to find a roofing company that is going to go the extra mile, from the start of the process until the last detail is complete. When evaluating a professional roofing contractor, you should consider a few things:

  • Repeat local business
  • Willingness and ability to handle complaints
  • Membership in professional associations
  • Knowledge of roofing procedures
  • Proof of license, insurance and liability coverage
  • Brick & mortar location as opposed to a PO box listing

Remember that the best price does not always mean the best value. There are many factors that contribute to a quality roofing installation. Your project should be a perfect mix of professionalism, attentiveness and start-to-finish customer care.  The cheapest price almost never leads to long-term happiness.



Evaluating a Bid

So, you’ve settled a roofing contractor and they have sent you a bid. Now what? Like a stop by your local mechanic, the knowledge needed to ensure that an estimate is trustworthy is sometimes lacking. That’s ok. Here are some areas of importance to look at when making your final decision:

  • Contractor: In the next two to five years, the contractor should be expected to honor your roof’s warranty and stand by their guarantee. It is during this time that most issues related to a reroofing project will occur.
  • Recommended Roofing System: Make sure the roofing system recommended is of the highest quality. It should include waterproofing, adequate ventilation and shingle underlayment.
  • Contractor’s Insurance Coverage: Do not use a contractor that doesn’t carry extensive insurance and liability coverage.
  • Project Start Date: Barring consistently bad weather, a project should within 8 weeks from the date you sign a contract. Events outside the control of your roofing contractor can push back any start date, so be sure there is open line of communication with the company you chose.
  • How Long Should a Project Take: Almost every roofing project is different, so a definitive timeline is hard to establish. The size and complexity of a roof is the biggest factor. Also, as many Jacksonville roofers can attest, extreme weather can postpone work for an indefinite period of time.

Come back next week to read Part 2!