When you’ve found yourself a well-reviewed and trusted contractor, you should be feeling confident about leaving your roof’s future in safe and skilled hands. However, whether you opt to work with us or another known company, knowing what you are getting into is important. Things can happen during the project, and in order to protect yourself, you should avoid skipping to that last page of the roofing contract and blindly signing your name.
Go over what the contract contains and what it covers. You might feel that it is too confusing to make sense of but to help you along, these are a few things that you should find in that contract.
Specific Roofing Materials
First things first, you must have already agreed on a specific material to use for the roofing, for the protective insulation and waterproofing layers, and other parts of the roof. Be sure to have all that listed down as part of the contract. A good contract should give a detailed enumeration of the specific materials that will make up your new roof. Whether you opt for asphalt shingles or a synthetic slate, that should be clearly stated in the contract. Not only will this help you identify where the costs are coming from, but it will also help future repairs or renovations as well.
Timeline of the Project
Determine project start and end dates.
There may be a few delays here and there but you should have an estimate of how long roofing will take. If you have certain days when the team shouldn’t be working, it should be stated in the contract. Other questions you might ask, and should be answered by the contract, are:
- During what hours will they be working?
- Are they allowed to work overnight or past a certain time?
- In the case of delay, what special provisions for work hours are to be expected?
Overall Project Cost and Payment Plans
Avoid paying more than you expect to by making it clear through written agreement early on. This isn’t just the part of the contract where you find out how much everything is; it should contain a detailed breakdown of costs along with provisions on how to handle possible conflicts due to added expenses.
If there is a delay in the project and the crew had to work 2 more days to finish, are the added hours coming from your wallet or are these to be shouldered by the contractor?
In the case of water damage from heavy rains that occurred mid-project, the team might need to work on some repairs, will these be added on to your cost?
More than just what you know you will pay, the contract should cover possible what-if’s and emergency situations to help guide you and the contractor. Aside from that, whatever payment plan you have agreed on should be stated in the contract.
Midway through the project and the team has found out a few things about the roof that warrant a few revisions to the initial plan. In this case, change isn’t a bad thing. But, it might catch you off guard if they make changes without you knowing. There should be clear cut instructions on how to work in these changes, without impacting the projected time frame too much.
Old shingles may fall and break some potted plants you had, or maybe ruin the lovely Bermuda grass on your lawn. However, our teams work with the utmost care to protect your property. Nevertheless, the contract should still have steps on how to deal with property damage during the project. A good warranty should include this in the coverage as well.
When embarking on any type of construction, repair, or replacement projects, you’ll need to give us access to your home. For your safety, entry limits are included. The crew is briefed with the knowledge of where they can enter and boundary lines that if crossed would be regarded as trespassing.
Whether you choose to stay at home during the project or have other accommodations, having a clear communication line is crucial. That includes having a designated point-person whom you can call regarding concerns or just to ask for updates on the project. If not a specific person, there should be a customer line you can easily reach.
Specific Gainesville Requirements
Before you even get a pen, be sure to check whether the contractor you are signing with is licensed to work on roofs, just like Energy Roofing Companies. The state of Florida has strict legal guidelines when it comes to this type of work. Aside from the license to even work in the field, make sure they are accredited to do the type of roofing project you are hiring them for.
Signing a contract is legally binding so you should always be sure that there are clear definitions of what the work covers, how it should be done, how much it would cost, and many other things. It may seem like a hassle to go through everything but you’ll avoid bigger problems long-term. When you choose to work with us, we are sure to take care of not just your roofing needs but your safety as a customer as well.