3 Must-Include Items For Any Roofing Contract

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Putting a new roof on your house is a huge task, one that you will likely choose to have performed by an experienced roofing contractor. Yet just as important as the contractor you choose is the contract itself. If you have plans to have your home re-roofed, read on. This article will present three items you must be sure to include in your contract.

Materials List

When it comes to the most important roofing material--shingles--there are seemingly a million different varieties on the market today. Many homeowners research and make their shingle selection on their own, while others wait to discuss the matter with their contractor. Whichever route you take, it is vital that your finished contract contain a complete list of all of the materials to be used on your project.

You see, less scrupulous contractors will often end up using lower quality materials than discussed. Including specific information about the manufacturer and model of your materials will help to protect you, should this happen. While you're at it, consider attaching copies of the product warranty and installation instructions. Having these documents conveniently located in the contract can only be a good thing down the line.

Insurance Documents

Your roofing contractor is obligated to have general liability insurance to cover their workers. It's not good enough for a contractor to simply tell you they have the appropriate information. Instead, insist that a full copy of their insurance policy be appended to the contract itself. This will go a long way in protecting you, should someone get hurt while working on your home.

With home improvement projects, it is often the case that a contractor will hire out certain specialized tasks to sub-contractors. These individuals are generally not covered under your contractor's general liability insurance. For this reason, you must also ask for copies of insurance documents for any sub-contractors working on your home. Be sure to attach these documents to your contract.

Waste Disposal Protocol

Once work begins, many people are surprised by just how much waste the average roofing project generates. Without ensuring that appropriate measures have been taken to collect and dispose this waste, you may end up with a big mess on your hands--and your lawn! Avoid this scenario by addressing the following points in your contract:

  • what type of waste disposal system will be used
  • delivery time and date of any rental dumpsters or other equipment
  • how often waste will be collected and loaded into a dumpster

Bottom Line

Re-roofing your home may seem like a daunting and stressful task. Yet it doesn't have to be, provided you draw up a thorough, detailed contract. By addressing the issues given above, you can make your next roofing project a breeze.

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