Before You Hire A Roofer

Overhead Roofing inc.


Hamilton OH Roofing Contractor


Minor leaks with the season’s first rain. Major damage caused by an unseasonable storm. Whatever your roofing needs, large or small, you need a professional roofing contractor you can trust. A contractor who will provide you with sound advice on products, reasonable explanations of procedures, and, most important – solid results.

STEP 1: Where to Begin
A roofing system is a complex combination of elements, the success of which depends on the quality of shingles, installation and overall construction. There are many ways to start your search for the roofing contractor who meets your individual needs. Referrals are obviously the best source for names of credible companies. Ask friends and family members who they have used in the past. The Better Business Bureau, local trade associations and your local yellow page directory are also excellent sources of information.

STEP 2: Meeting and Evaluating Potential Contractors
After you have compiled a list of possible roofing contractors, take time to evaluate each one carefully. A professional contractor will be happy to provide any information you may require.

Many homeowners have been mystified by the seeming lack of interest and response from the contractors they call. To get a roofer to respond to your call, tell him you are shopping around, but are interviewing three contractors, not ten.

A contractor is shopping for good jobs that will make a fair profit and bring future referrals.

Many contractors have had experiences with unreasonable or dishonest homeowners. Therefore, they look for warning signs of customer problems during the initial job interview.

Set up a meeting to discuss your needs and their qualifications, and be sure to pay close attention to the attitude of the company representative. Good contractors take pride in their work and will be enthusiastic about the possibility of helping you with your roofing problems. If you feel confident that the contractor is truly interested in your project, ask for the company’s vital statistics – specific business information which will help you make your final decision.

EXPERIENCE – The training and experience of a contractor, as well as the age of his or her company, will help you determine their ability to successfully complete your roofing project.
INSURANCE COVERAGE – A contractor should carry worker’s compensation and general liability insurance. Beware of low bids which are a result of incomplete insurance coverage and worker’s compensation.
PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES – Your contractor’s past can help determine your future. Ask for a list of completed projects including the names and telephone numbers of previous clients.
COMPANY PHILOSOPHY – Discuss application techniques and workmanship guarantees. Does the contractor stand behind his work?

STEP 3: Utilizing the Contractor’s Product Knowledge
Your contractor should have up-to-date knowledge on quality products for your project. He or she is the best source of information, but you should play an active role in the product selection process. Ask questions about different shingles such as brand names, life span, thickness, design, available colors and warranties. Selecting the best products is as important to your job as selecting the right contractor.

STEP 4: Consider Enhancements
Whether you’re repairing a portion of your roof or replacing it entirely, now is the time to consider related projects. Perhaps you need new roof vents, or gutters and downspouts. Even more aesthetic additions, such as enhanced high profile hip and ridge shingles, or skylights, should be reviewed. When done in conjunction with a roofing project, all of these enhancements are more convenient and less expensive.

STEP 5: Understanding a Contract
When a contract is presented, it should spell out the proposed work and prices. Read the contract carefully. Misunderstandings are the most common cause of contract disputes. Pay special attention to be certain the following points are covered in the contract.

Start and Completion Dates – including plan of action in case of weather days.
Products /Materials – what will be used, brands, colors, etc.
Site Procedures – work hours, clean-up procedures on the roof and around your home, safety precautions, etc.
Terms – detailed as method of payment.
Liens – You should be aware that under the laws of most states, a contractor who does work on your home, or a supplier of materials for such work, has a right to place a lien on your property. Make sure all essential elements of your agreement are written down and understood by both parties.
Right-to- Rescind – providing the right to cancel the contract without penalty within as a set period of time (usually three days).

STEP 6: Sit Back and Relax
A little well-planned research up front will undoubtedly save you a lot of time and trouble later on. Once you feel confident that you have the best contractor, the best products, the best value – simply relax and let the contractor do his job. Do, however, monitor the progress of your project to be certain your contractor lives up to his superior reputation.