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Before you sign a Roofing Contract

Roof replacements are a significant investment, so it’s important to do your due diligence before signing on the dotted line. Unfortunately, some homeowners skip this due diligence and sign whatever roofing contract is put in front of them. By doing this, they’re just asking to be taken advantage of by a bad roofer.

1.Second Opinion

No matter what level of roofing experience you have, it’s always a good idea to get multiple estimates. This makes sure you’re choosing the right contractor who will give you honest and accurate advice on your roofing project. Additionally, it can help you avoid paying more than necessary for any work that needs to be done.



2. The Fine Print

Your roofing contract’s fine print is as important as the main terms. It can tell you a lot about the quality of work you can expect, how long repairs and replacements take, and what a company’s policy on damage is. Roofing companies often offer contracts that include exclusions. These can include damage to things like your gutters and light fixtures, sprinkler heads, and even items hanging in your home. In most cases, the fine print will also include exclusions that mainly have to do with protecting your property, such as covering your pool and landscaping. A roofing company that hides its terms and conditions in fine print isn’t worth your business.



3. Look for Red Flags in Your Contract.

So you’re about to sign your contract for new roofing. Before you do, it’ll help to know what to look out for in a contract so you can be sure everything is fine. When choosing a roofing contractor, it’s important to know if they are reliable and trustworthy. Here are some red flags to look out for in your contract:

  1. Your roofing contract only comes with a price

  2. The roofing contract doesn’t include warranty information

  3. The roofing contract is broken down into line items

  4. Hiding the roofing contract’s fine print

  5. Hidden fees that bring the initial roofing contract price down

There are plenty of great roofing contractors in the world. But not all companies are looking out for your best interest, especially if you’re about to invest a lot of money in a new roof. If a roofer isn’t willing to include all relevant information in their contract, they’re probably not looking out for your best interest.



4. Review The Contract With Your Contractor

The best way to know exactly what you're getting is to sit down with your contractor and go over every detail of the contract. This gives you a chance to raise any concerns, ask questions, and make sure everything is agreed upon before moving forward. A roofing contractor should want to give you a copy of the contract before anything else. It’s a huge red flag if they aren’t willing to answer your questions and help you understand where your money is going. Reading over your roofing contract is the best way for a roofing contractor to build the trust needed in this industry.

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