One stumbling block that homeowners face when deciding to repair or replace their roof or windows is choosing the right contractor. Whether your home’s roof or windows suffer damage from recent storm damage or simply are old, you need to find a qualified, local, roofing contractor who is trustworthy, honest, and well experienced in roof replacement as well as replacing windows.
Choose a local contractor. Choosing a local roofing contractor lessens your chance of encountering scams or poor workmanship. A local roofing contractor is familiar with local rules and code regulations governing the roofing industry in the Columbia and Lexington areas as well as the surrounding areas and will have a relationship with local roofing crews and suppliers.
Ask about safety. A contractor who is unwilling to discuss safety may not be the best person for your roofing job. Safety is an important part of the construction industry. Your local contractor should be willing to answer any safety questions you have prior to beginning your roofing project or your window replacement project.
Check for proper licensing and insurance. A professional, qualified local roofing contractor will be able to provide a copy of his or her insurance certificate for validation. Most states require licensing for roofing contractors, but that does not stop unlicensed roofing contractors from attempting to do the roofing work. In states where licenses are required, make sure your roofing contractor offers you validation to his or her license.
Do not give in to pressure. A contractor should never pressure a customer into signing a contract. If your roofing/window replacement job is an insurance claim your local, roofing contractor should thoroughly examine your roof or windows to make sure all damages incurred have been considered.
Know your material choices. Your roofing contractor should offer you a variety of materials. Roofing shingles come in different styles, colors, and prices. Replacement windows also come in different styles, efficiency, and prices. The style and color of new roofing shingles and new replacement windows can affect the resale value of your home. If the insurance company is paying for a new roof or new windows, it may be the perfect time to make a change and upgrade to a more unique style that suits your taste.
Know the costs. A professional contractor will be willing to talk to you about the cost of your project and any hidden costs that might be encountered. The cost of your roof will be determined by several basic factors. Your local roofer can give you an estimate based on your roof’s dimensions, the selected roofing materials, the cost of roofing labor, and the cost of hauling off the old roofing materials. While these factors are basic and will need to be addressed anytime you are replacing your roof, there are often common hidden roofing expenses that can dramatically increase the cost of your roofing job. These costs are generally beyond the control of the homeowner or the roofing contractor.
Your local, professional roofer in the Columbia and Lexington areas is your best avenue to a healthy, functional roof. Sands Roofing and Construction serves the Columbia, Lexington, and surrounding areas. We can answer your roofing questions. 1.803.520.6154