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  •  Do ask for references on the roofer (4.00)
    I just had a new roof put on and didn't take the lowest bidder by far, but I got a really good job with great clean-up. They also added extra ice-guard underneath that wasn't required, but gave me peace of mind about ice dams on a valley where I know there would be leaks otherwise.  

    Before I committed to a contract, I got in the car and went to look at other roofing jobs this guy did in the area to see what the quality was like. You can tell if roofs are put on well after a pretty short amount of time.  Looking at other jobs also helped me decide not to get the basic black shingle- a tan/gold color (for the same price) looks much better on my house and costs exactly the same from the manufacturer.

    DO get a copy of the manufacturers warranty before you commit to the job- make sure the roofers will be following the recommended installation methods so that the manuf. warranty is honored. Also- plan to either be there the whole time or make random spot checks through the day. That way you know that they're doing what they said they would do. Know up front what extra costs will be incurred if they have to replace roof sheathing- some minor repairs might be included, but they may not be straight with you on that if you're not aggressive in looking over the estimate/job specs.

    Don't forget to check with the local Better Business Bureau if you've got one. Sometimes their summaries are really helpful about showing past complaints and suits- also to see how long the company has been in business and if they do business under another name.  You might also remember to call your local government to make sure you know whether you need to pull a permit for the work- you don't want a citation for illegal work coming out of your pocket.

    "Our attitude was- the revolution can't start until we find our hair gel." Joe Strummer

    by histopresto on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 09:24:23 AM PST

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    •  By the way, you can phase in a new roof (4.00)
      If the weather side of the house is the leaky part- it's okay to just get half the roof done, then do the other half in a couple of years. Roofers won't always tell you that, but it's perfectly fine to do the bad side only and patch the bad spots on the good side for now.

      "Our attitude was- the revolution can't start until we find our hair gel." Joe Strummer

      by histopresto on Wed Feb 22, 2006 at 09:27:56 AM PST

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