When planning for a roof replacement, you will eventually reach the estimation phase. When you’ve found trusted and reputable roofing companies, it’s time to see who will give you the best estimates. However, this does not necessarily mean that whoever gives you the lowest estimate is the best choice. Roofing and gutter installation experts from Pechacek’s General Contracting are here to help you know what to compare when reviewing estimates.
Warranty and Insurance
The two biggest things you have to look into are the warranties they offer, as well as the insurances they hold. A good contractor holds on to the manufacturer’s warranty and offers a workmanship warranty. That is to ensure that, if ever there are product failures or poor workmanship, you have a warranty that will cover the costs.
When it comes to insurance, the workers who will be coming to your home must be insured. This means that whatever happens on your roof or property you are not liable. The contractor will be in charge of all medical bills, not you. Your contractor should also have a general liability insurance that protects your home. In case of accidents such as catching your house on fire during the installation, the insurance will be liable and none of the repairs will be paid by you.
Materials and Labor
Your contractors should be able to give you an itemized and written estimate. Do not settle for verbal estimates as you have no assurance in the long run. Make sure to check the itemized estimate of materials. The complete cost of labor must also be included in the estimate.
License and Duration
Before agreeing to any contractor, you must make sure that they are licensed to operate. Also, you can check with the manufacturer of the materials you choose if the contractor is an authorized supplier. If they are not authorized to install the materials, look for other contractors.
The duration or time that a contractor has been in business is also a good thing to check. This will give you an insight into the work they do and how they do it. If you have the time, you can also check their other services that you may need in the future. You can also ask contractors for references and reviews from past clients. A contractor that has been working long enough should have a portfolio of past projects.
When it comes to your roof, your contractor should be the one to obtain any permits. This is because, if your roof is installed incorrectly according to the code, the responsibility would fall on them, not you. If your contractor is not talking about the permit or wants you to obtain the permit yourself, you can choose another contractor.
Pechacek’s General Contracting offers quality roofing installation and repair services. Call us now at (715) 425-9801 or fill out our contact form for a no-obligation quote. We’re ready to serve clients in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota.