Would anyone have some advise on this?
I am interviewing roofers to replace the roof on my house. A few of them
seem really good. Are there any questions that I could ask them to vet them
out to find the best one?
Ask for a list of references and their phone numbers. Call the references
and get their opinions on the work they did. You will be able to make your
decision after the references are contacted. You should also make sure that
the roofers are bondable and licensed contractors.
Make sure they were in last years phonebook. I have a ten year old
phone book I use to make sure they have been around a while. At work I had
a 20 year old phonebook. Also make sure they have workman's comp insurance.
Check it out to make sure they are really registered.
Home Depot's contractor wanted 6,400 (if they only have to remove one layer)
or 7,100 if they have to remove two layers. Another local guy wanted 6,500
regardless of how many layers. I found another guy who 4,500 and other who
According to the Home Depot roofing guy he said that I would need 72 linear
feet of ventillation and the house itself will need about 28 squares, which
he explained as about 2800 sq feet of roofing materials. The house itself
measures at 2,700 square feet and is two stores with an attached two car
The guy with the $3,500 estimate seems prettey good, but I'm concerend that
this estimate is out of line when compared to HD's.
One other question, now, after hearing all of these stories, is it worth it
to tell the roofer that I want a price without materials and that I would
order everything? Then at least, I'll know that he's putting up good stuff.
I don't want to insult him, but at the same time I only know him from an ad
in the newspaper.
Their profit/gain is not in the materials..... I always furnish materials of my choice and have them delivered to the jobsite. That way you're bargaining for labor/expertise/experience and the quality, type, supplier, etc. of the materials is your responsibility. Also warranties and such are much easier to handle. And don't let them badmouth your choices,.... if they can't work with what you provide it's their problem.
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That is the last place I would look for a roofer. Find one who has done
good work, that has stood the test of time, for somebody you know.
Then, discuss what product will be used and make sure it is in the bid.
Lots of other important stuff you can find out about by doing a google
search on alt.home.repair. There are also some good comments about
brands of shingles. Educate yourself before you shop. Check out a
couple of mfg websites, for starters, read the installation
instructions. Narrow down the field of contractors and check with your
local licensing agency/building code enforcement, for complaints against
the contractor. Some shingle mfg. certify contractors, and you can get
a reference from them, as well. When we had our condo painted, the mfg
came around three times, at various stages, to inspect the prep being
done for warranty purposes.
Variables, such as repairing rafter tails or roof deck, should be
mentioned and priced in the bid. Should include tearoff, disposal,
cleanup, release of lien, completion time.
I would let the roofer do the buying. They may be able to work a better
deal than you can and if so they may cut you a little better deal.
However, you can specify the make and line of roofing materials they
use. There are differences in quality (and price).
Check out Consumer's Reports from about two or three months ago (see you
library) they did a report on many of them.
BTW I agree with the others about the HD roofer.
We have been looking at metal roofing or Ondura. We plan on DIY. Any
experiences with Ondura we should know about? Is it cheaper than tin?
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