Threw the last 25 year’s we have gained experience and knowledge threw every job and customer. So here is were we can share some of it, from hiring a contractor or project manager or to the installations of roofing, siding ,windows, kitchens & Bathrooms and more.
How to Find a Good Roofing Company
Whether you need a small roof repair or an entire new roof, trying to find a good, trustworthy roofing company can seem overwhelming. However, by following the tips we offer here, you will be able to find the best professional for the job without having to stress over your decision.
First and foremost, word of mouth is still essential for finding a local roofing contractor. The best place to start is by asking your friends or neighbors if they can recommend a someone. Don’t stop at one referral though. If possible, ask a handful of people because you will either get multiple recommendations for one company, or you’ll have a few companies to check out and that’s a good thing.
Now you might be thinking, what if I’m new to my neighborhood or my friends can’t recommend anyone? That’s okay. There are other reliable resources to turn to including:
Chamber of Commerce
Building supply stores
City Building official
Your local Better Business Bureau
Visit a job being done in your neighborhood / community
Once you get a few referrals or you’ve found a few companies to talk to, you’ll still want to meet with each one, get to know them and get quotes. Some people make their decision based on price alone, but more often than not, there should be more to your decision than that. Here are a few more essential things you need to find out.
1. Time frame for completing the work. Ask questions such as:
When can you start?
How long will the whole project take?
Will you work on my project every day weather permitting?
2. Work schedule and how the work will be done. Ask questions such as:
What time do you start and end your day?
Is all debris consolidated into piles or put in one container at the end of each Day?
What happens/when will you reschedule if the weather is bad on a day you are Supposed to be at my home?
3. Products that will be used & cost. Ask questions such as:
What kind of under layments will be used, how many vents, nails, staple, ridge Caps?
How much will it cost for wood replacement per lineal foot, Square foot, Board foot?
4. Payment arrangements. Ask questions such as:
Do you require a down payment?
If so, how much and when in the balance due?
Can you pay upon completion?
If not, what kind of down payment is required, when is it due and when is the balance due?
Are there any other pay plan options?
Are there any discounts available?
5. Legal issues: Ask questions such as:
What permits are needed for this work?
*Verify the answers by calling the proper office yourself
Are you licensed and insured?
*Require copies for your own records
Again, in most situations when you are hiring a contractor, it is very important to compare based on something other than price. Use these questions as a starting point
How Much Does an Asphalt Shingle Roof Cost?
There are several things to consider and compare when you need to buy a new asphalt shingle roof for your home. On the top of most people’s comparison list though is usually price. And that is understandable. No one wants to spend more than they have to and most people also want to make sure they aren’t getting ripped off. Here are several tips to help you figure out how to get the most for your money.
Don’t Get Too Many Bids
At Weatherseal Home Improvements, we recommend you get no more than three to five bids for any project. Why? Because although you do want to compare and interview more than one contractor, you can also have too much information to the point where you get overwhelmed or confused. Start with three. If none of those contractors meet your expectations, get a couple more bids. If that still doesn’t work, you may need to review your expectations as well as the questions you are asking. Maybe the issue isn’t with the contractors, but in the communication of ideas on both sides.
A Typical Bid
In Michigan, when you get your bids for an asphalt roof, it should discuss these details at a minimum: three tab style, asphalt shingles with all proper under layments, pipe flashing, step flashing drip edges, nails and standard venting. Always make sure you are comparing apples to apples.
What to Expect
To purchase a typical roof in Macomb county and the surrounding areas, on a one story ranch style home, approximately 1,200 -2,000 square feet with an up over style roof line you can expect to pay:
For necessary permits: Approximately $125-$250
For materials: Approximately $3,100 – $4,700
For the finished job: A legitimate, licensed and insured roofing contractor will charge in the range of $200.00 to $375.00 Per Roofing Square which is 100 square feet.
That means for the scenario above, the total job will cost approximately: $8,400-$11,000
One More Important Fact that Your Contractor May or May Not Tell You in the Bid
Prices may go up depending on oil barrel prices. Yes, roofing prices are affected by oil prices because oil is a necessary ingredient in asphalt shingles. Prices generally adjust quarterly so if you are doing your research early and buying later, give yourself a 3-10% cushion in case prices