You probably already know not to consider a roof replacement company who doesn’t present you with a written contract. However, have you thought about what should be in that contract? Because few homeowners buy a roof more than once or twice in their lifetime, they don’t always know what elements should be in that contract. Here are five things that every roof replacement contract should contain.
1. Full Company Information
This includes the company name, address, phone number and license number. All Orlando roof replacement companies must be licensed.
2. Supply Details
Don’t sign a contract that simply says, “architectural style roof – brown.” You should see the brand name, line and color of the shingles. A good roof replacement company will also include the other elements they’re using. Other elements you should see include:
- Underlayment details
- Replacing flashing
- Repair materials if repair is involved
- Roof vents
- Starter shingles and finishing strips
3. Clean Up and Haul Away
There are a few less than reputable roof replacement companies in Orlando who come in with very low roof replacement bids because they don’t include their clean up or haul away fees in the roof replacement contract. They take your old roof to the dump and then charge you after the fact for the dump fees. Some will claim they do this to “save you money” so you only pay the “actual cost” but a good Orlando roof replacement company knows who much it costs for disposal and will include that in their quote.
Although it’s hard to always provide an exact start date, your contract should include some estimates or at the very least a timeline. Depending on the roofing material and color and style you chose, lead times vary and few Orlando roof replacement companies carry much stock so unless you choose a standard asphalt shingle, it may need to come from the manufacturer. Your roofer should include how long they expect the tear off and installation to take.
5. Reasonable Payment Details
No legitimate Orlando roof replacement company should ever ask for full payment in advance. Some require a deposit that varies based on the materials you ordered. You also shouldn’t be required to pay the balance the day the installers arrive to start the work. Payment details should provide you with a window to pay the balance or entire installation cost after the work has been completed and include any upcharges for using a credit card.
Russ Noyes Roofing is an Orlando roof replacement company who always provides detailed written contracts. We never expect you to pay us before we complete our work. Because we’re a locally owned and operated roofing company, you will find that we have an excellent reputation. If you are looking for an Orlando roof replacement company who is really based here, call us at 407-388-7700 or fill out our contact form.