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Anyone can call themselves a roofer

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Roofing season is in full swing. In the summer months when the days are longer and the temperatures are higher, itís a good time to take care of roofing issues. Whether itís roof repairs that youíve been putting off or a total roof replacement thatís long overdue, now is the time to get it done. But in order to end up with a good roof, you first need to hire a good roofer. Unfortunately, anyone can call themselves a roofer. Donít hire a friend-of-a-friend, or your sister-in-lawís cousin because they are handy-men with a little experience with roofing work. Just because a person says theyíre a roofer doesnít mean they are one. You want to hire a professional if you want the job to be done right.

Get a few bids

Homeowners have a tendency to go with the first roofer that has availability. The problem with settling on the first roofer is that you have nothing to compare them with. Experts recommend getting at least three roofing bids. Donít settle for a handshake or an ďit will be around this much.Ē Get an estimate in writing. Before you hire any roofer you want to see a contract that specifies the work that will be done, the materials that will be used, and the cost for those materials and labor. The final price may vary a little depending on the circumstances but there wonít be any big surprises.

Now that you have a few estimates you can look them over and make a more informed decision. Resist the temptation to go with the lowest bid just because itís the lowest. Find out why theyíre the lowest. In order to do the job for that price, the roofer may be cutting corners or using inferior materials. Going with the lowest bid can cost you a lot more in the long run if youíre needing a new roof in just a few years. By the same logic, donít assume that the most expensive bid will give you the best results. That roofer could be inflating their prices to get as much out of you as they think they can.

When buying a home in need of a new roof
If you donít yet own the home that is in need of a new roof, make sure youíre involved in the decision making when it comes to the roof replacement. The current homeowner is going to be interested in getting the most for their home while spending the least on getting it fixed up. Because they donít have to live under the new roof, theyíre less likely to hire a good roofer. Insist on a roofer that will do it right, not do it for cheap.

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