In case you like what you see, then it is time to determine if the roof contractor has workers’ compensation coverage and liability insurance of at least $1 million. Ask for the agent’s name and insurance certificates. The next thing you have to do is to ask for an estimate, which has to be free of charge.
Since roofing is job that is short term, you can divide the total cost due into two payments. You can pay 1/3 of the total amount for materials and then the remaining amount once the roofing job is complete as well as the clean up and done according to your standards.
You should also ask for a warranty that will cover labor related defects such as leaks and flashing failure. The minimum warranty should be one year, although two or three years is also preferable. All of these should also be indicated in the contract, which must include the kind of roof that will be used. Ask for the top rated resilient shingles that you can afford to buy.
Shingle manufacturers tend to back their products for between 20 and 30 years. Certain warranties become void if the shingles are installed on top of existing ones, so tearing off the current layer should be required, at an extra cost. Asphalt roofs will last for an average of 13 years, so a 20 year warranty should be just fine. You also have to make sure that you get the proof of purchase and paperwork required to pursue any issues later on.
Hiring A Reliable Roofing Contractor and Getting A Good Quality Roofing Job
There are several other quality checks that you have to make to make sure that you get a leak-proof job that will last for decades.
- When re-roofing, changing the valley as well as the eaves flashing is the most affordable and simplest option and that is why you have to do it now. The pipe boots as well as the roof jacks should be replaced as well to direct away the water where the pipes or the gas vents protrude. Don’t touch the chimney flashing if it is still in good condition; if not, then ask your North Myrtle Beach roofing contractor to call a mason.
- This is also the best time to ensure that your attic has proper ventilation. Have your HVAC contractor or roofing contractor check it for you. Insufficient airflow can heat your attic to 130 °F in summer during the summer season. In winter, moist interior air could lead to condensation on the sheathing’s underside, which could result to rotting. You might want to have rid as well as soffit vents set up to distribute cool air into your home’s attic, alleviate both issues.
- In case you think the plywood decking under the shingles is already rotten, add a tiny allowance, let’s say $200, in the contract for its replacement. You need to be clear to your contractor that you should approve all chargers beyond this amount and that you will get the money back once the decking is in good condition.
- Ask how the roofing contractor plans to protect the plants and bushes (most of them use plywood). Create a clear line of responsibility for any damaged plants.
- Ask how they plan to dispose of trash and the nails. You also have to remind them that the trucks used to collect the garbage must not roll onto a new lawn or your underground sprinkler system.
Trust your intuition. In case a roofing contractor rubs you wrong in any way, even if you are already on the contract stage, do not be afraid to back out and search for another roofer to work with.
Call NMB Roofing Pros if you are looking for an experienced and reliable roofing contractor in North Myrtle Beach.
NMB Roofing Pros
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582