Helpful Homeowner Roof Replacement Hints
Hire only Licensed and Insured Contractors: Hire contractors who can provide Certificates of Insurance for themselves and subcontractors. They should carry both Workers Compensation and General Liability Insurance.
Use the Contractors State License Board: The website (www.cslb.ca.gov) to check out a contractor’s business and licensing history.
Read bids closely: If there are big price differences, then there are almost certainly big differences in what is being provided. And if you really like one specific contractor, but their price seems high, then ask for their help reviewing and comparing your bids. Usually, you’ll discover there are differences you just didn’t see and the prices are not as far apart as you thought.
“Forget about “apples to apples:” Let each contractor come up with their own recommendations. See what they heard you say and what they observed, listen to their recommendations and choose the contractor with whom you feel most comfortable. Choosing the right people is substantially the most important decision you’ll make – it’s not choosing the best price from a group of contractors all asked to give you identical bids.
Don’t wait too long: Almost always a new roof will add value to your home. Dry rot and termite repairs do not. And neither do interior dry wall repairs. The longer you wait, the greater the likelihood you’ll be faced with expensive repairs.
Things to Look For
- Leaks: Do you notice any leaks
- Sagging Roof: Are there any areas in your roof that are sagging, this is a very important sign. One heavy rainfall and this area could collapse into your home or building.
- Light: If you notice light shining through the top of your ceiling
- Discoloration: If you notice discolored areas on your ceiling, this is usually when water has built up in those areas
- Shingle Deterioration: If you notice areas that show buckling of shingles
- Gutters: When your gutters are not working properly it may be a warning sign and may need to be replaced
If you notice has any of these warning signs, call Campbell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Our certified re-roof team is here to help. Many times it is more cost effective to replace and re-roof a building rather than constantly doing repairs.