If you're looking to remodel your home, a good place to start is with the roof. While you don't need to replace your roof very often, not having a new roof can create huge, expensive problems in the long run. That said, roofing isn't something that your average do-it-yourself enthusiast can or should pull off on their own. You'll need to contact a roofing contractor if you want the job done professionally. So keep reading below to discover a few tips to keep in mind when you're talking to various contractors.

Know That You Get What You Pay For

An inexpensive roofing remodel always looks attractive at first glance. After all, there are very few people who aren't looking to save a little money if they can. But the unfortunate reality is that you almost always get an inferior product when you choose the cheapest option. The reason some contractors can offer lower prices than any of their competitors is that they often aren't insured or they use substandard materials. Most contractors are insured and licensed in their respective state, but it's better to be careful than unsatisfied with a job that's poorly done.

Obtain a Written Contract

While there might be some deals sealed with a handshake, a written contract is always preferable. A reliable and experienced contractor will have no trouble producing a standard contract, but be sure to review the fine print before signing on the dotted line. Among the things you'll want to discuss, the most important are the terms of payment and the estimated completion date of the project. Don't feel pressured to agree to a contract if you feel the terms are unreasonable.

Ask For Quality References

Another thing you will want to keep in mind when hiring a contractor is references. That said, boilerplate references are not entirely useful unless they are of projects that closely resemble the one being done on your house. Roofs come in a huge variety of styles and materials, so ask contractors if they can provide examples similar to the ones you would like. Then contact the references and ask about how long ago their roof work was done and how satisfied they are with the job. You may even want to ask their permission to visit and take a few pictures when it's mutually convenient. This way, you know exactly what to expect before the job even begins. 

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