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I received three significantly different proposals from contractors. How should I decide which contractor to select?
Clearly written proposals that are detailed and broken down into separate line items are a good sign that the contractor is being thorough and has prepared an accurate estimate.
If one estimate seems much lower than the others and it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Manly fly-by-night contractors’ below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured and perform substandard work. If an estimate is confusing, ask the contractor to break down the estimate into items/terms you can understand.
My contractor re-used the existing flashing on my roof and after he finished installing the new shingles, he left! I’ve left several messages with the company and no one will come back to install new flashing. Shouldn’t that be included in the work?
If the contract didn’t specify the installation of new flashing, it wasn’t included in the original scope of work.
My house has a roof with a 2:12 (11 degrees) slope. The manufacturer says it’s ok to use asphalt shingles, but my contractor says it isn’t. Who’s right?
There are some manufactures (and even model building codes) that will allow the application of asphalt shingle roof having that slope; however, NRCA does not recommend shingles on slopes less than 4:12 (18 degrees). Asphalt shingle roof systems are water shedding and rely on gravity and roof slope to effectively drain water off the roof.
Workers compensation insurance and general liability insurance are extremely important. Workers’ comp covers all employees that incur injuries on your property. General liability covers any damage to any person or assets on the property.