Replacing your roof is one of the biggest projects in a house. I take normally two to five days, but it involves a significant amount of liability and money. In order to guide you in this project, we have gathered 6 essential things you should know before jumping into the work.
1. Set a budget
First, plan a budget. Replacing a typical bungalow roof made of asphalt shingles can cost between 3,15$ and 4,75$ a square foot. For roofs made of slate, metal sheets, plastic, gravel or bitumen, the price rise to between 7,50$ and 37$ per square foot. Overall, considering that there are many factors that effect the price, the final bill often goes up to approximately 10 000$. For a more accurate price, use our cost estimator which will give you an estimate of the price that could cost your roof.
2. Shop Around
Since replacing a roof is done once every 20-years, some roofers don’t care much about customer satisfaction. That’s why you need to be extremely careful with whom you hire. Before making any decision, take the time to shop around, get references from friends and neighbors, or research online.
3.Get 3 Quotes
Then, get at least 3 quotes from 3 different qualified contractors and compare them assiduously. They should include all the project details, plus clear specifications about how the work will be completed. We also recommend you check their RBQ licence (Quebec only).
4. Pick the Right Time
Besides, you should know that the best time to replace your roof is in spring. Contractors are often very busy during this time, so plan in advance the work. In addition, your new roof will have time to settle during the summer before it has to tackle a harsh winter. Otherwise, do the work during summer or fall, but avoid winter (unless it’s an emergency), as the cold prevents the shingles from adhering properly and the wind can blow them away.
5. Be aware of extras
Unfortunately, some roofers minimize the work to be done to get contracts. First, they will offer you a quote with a very low price before starting the work. Then, once the work has started, they will come up with ‘’extras’’, which will make the initial cost double, or even triple. For example, they might tell you that you need a plywood layer. How to avoid these bad surprises? Ask the sales rep to get up on the roof and inspect it before writing the quote. Furthermore, ask for explanations and specifications as much as necessary.
6.Pay Attention to the Paperwork
Getting onto the paperwork, three documents are essential to this project. Firstly, most municipalities require a building permit for a roofing project. Ask for information about this at your town council. Secondly, you need a written contract that specifies all of the agreed-to details, products, and costs of the project. Thirdly, obtain a letter addressed to you from the contractor’s insurance company confirming that the specific project is covered under the roofer’s worker’s liability plan.
Feeling ready to jump into this project? Keep in mind that there are a lot of roofing contractors out there, and some are not always the best. That’s why you have to compare different quotes to make the right choice and ask as many questions as you need.
SmartReno can help you find the right contractor for your Roofing project