Prices can vary vastly, though. Checkbook mystery shoppers getting multiple bids for three Washington, D.C. area jobs found these price ranges:
Before hiring a roofer to do the work, Brasler said, you’ll want to see proof the contractor is licensed and has liability and workers’ compensation insurance. Once you’ve selected a company, Checkbook recommends that you get these specific things in writing:
Detail what roof areas are included
Specify materials that will be used
State whether old shingles will be removed
List whether flashings are to be replaced
Get a warranty for both materials and installation
Detail who is responsible for hauling away debris
Once you’ve selected a roofer and agreed on a contract, Brasler said, you shouldn’t pay any more than between 5 and 10 percent of the total cost upfront — wait until the work is done to pay in full.
“That gives you the maximum amount of leverage to make sure the job’s done right,” Brasler said.
Editor’s Note: Consumers’ Checkbook/Center for the Study of Services is an independent nonprofit consumer organization founded in 1974. It has for more than 40 years been an innovator in providing information to help consumers make smarter choices.
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