Contractor Expectation Checklist
What you should expect:
Adequate Insurance coverage
Your Contractor should carry insurance to protect your home from accidental damage.
Warranty and Workmanship coverage.
Your Contractor should offer a Warranty covering any defects in materials used and the workmanship of installation.
Not all roofing products are the same, so be sure your contractor uses quality products with a name you can trust.
Your Contractor should provide you with an estimate that includes an accurate description of the scope of work to be performed, plus any work that has to be sub-contracted to another company.
Your Contractor should know and be in compliance with all local building codes.
Ask for references and check them out.
What you should ask:
Will They perform a thorough inspection?
In addition to checking for storm damage, your contractor should perform a thorough inspection of the entire roofing system, including deck, attic, flashing, chimney, vents, soil stacks and other roof penetrations.
Will they install underlayment?
Depending on conditions , additional ice and water underlayment between shingles and the wood deck may be needed to help prevent ice damming, wind driven rain or collected water.
Will they follow manufacturer's specifications?
Your contractor should be familiar with and follow all manufacturer's specifications since improper application can affect your manufacturer's warranty.
Will they provide an explanation of your warranty?
Your contractor should explain your warranty and be clear about whom to call if there are problems. Find out if defective shingles are replaced for prorated replacement cost or original cost and if labor charges are additional.
Will they check for adequate ventilation?
Your contractor should check the existing attic ventilation and explain the importance of proper ventilation. Improper ventilation can damage your shingles and invalidate your manufacturer's warranty.
Will they explain how your roofing system works?
Your contractor should offer a thorough explanation of the entire roofing system and how all the parts work together so you can make educated decisions.