The Roofing Proposal
The plan for your job.
- Your roofing contractor should provide you with a complete and detailed written proposal describing (a.) the work to be done, (b.) the cost of the work, (c.) the warranty included, (d.) the time frame for completion of the work, and (e.) the terms of payment.
- If you are re-roofing or recovering an existing roof, any contractor should be able to tell you the number of existing roof systems in place and whether or not any of them need to be removed.
- A qualified roofing contractor should tell you how any changes in the contract scope of work would be priced. Changes can occur if you add or subtract work from the contractor or if the contractor encounters unforeseen conditions which could not within reason been known at the start of the job.
- The roofing contractor should be able to tell you about the crew who will install the job. Are they subcontractors? How much experience do they have?
- A good roofing contractor should be able to tell you about the details. Who provides electricity? Who provides a toilet? How often will clean up be done? Do you have any obligations?
- Your roofing contractor should obtain a building permit from the local governing agency. Be sure your contractor obtains a permit and calls for final inspection. Be sure the roof has been inspected prior to final payment.
- Your roofing contractor should not expect payment in advance for work that has not been started. Some contractors request payment for materials after they have been delivered. Insist on seeing a copy of the invoice and have the contractor provide you with a lien release from the supplier for the amount of the payment.
- Your roofing contractor should have a supervisor inspect the work upon completion to be sure any deficiencies are corrected.
- Your roofing contractor should provide you with a written warranty covering deficiencies in both materials and workmanship. A sample copy of the warranty should be provided with the proposal. Be sure you read it and question any part of it you don’t understand.
- Most of all, your roofing contractor should make you feel comfortable that your job has been thoroughly planned so that it will run as smoothly as possible.
Source: The Plan For Your Job. WSRCA. 10 March 2008. http://www.wsrca.com/.