April showers will not only bring flowers, but potentially roof damage as well. Wind and rain can often lead to loose or missing shingles and leaks this time of year, so who do you call? When bad weather hits an area and causes a leak, it can quickly go from bad to worse when water damage occurs or damages are not repaired immediately. If you don’t already have a trusted professional on standby follow our recipe for hiring the perfect roofing contractor for every repair or even replacement job!
Research is the most important step when it comes to finding a roofing contractor. A roofing contractor is someone who typically does just roofing whereas a General Contractor does all general types of construction. Recommendations from family and friends can help get you started, but it’s crucial to seek out information and see what other people’s experiences were with that contractor as well. Just because a contractor did a good job on a roofing project for someone else, doesn’t mean that they have the necessary skills to complete your specific project. Ensuring that your contractor, and subcontractors, are all licensed and properly trained will protect you and your home throughout the process. Compile a list of 3-5 contractors you trust for your roofing project and we’re ready to learn about bidding!
Understanding the bidding process
First, it’s important to distinguish between a bid and an estimate. The definitions of the two are somewhat elastic with terms that are sometimes used interchangeably. Generally, an estimate is the calculation of the contractor’s internal costs (including materials and labor), while a bid is the final price charged to a customer. The homeowner seeks bids and provides a package of material with drawings, specifications, and other scope documents. This is also known as completing a request for proposal (RFP) or a request to tender (RTT).
As the homeowner, you can choose the lowest bid, but that comes with an increase in risk throughout the construction process. We’ve all learned through experience that cheap does not mean good. Contractors that perform quality work have to be able to pay their skilled subtractors for the work that they do very well, so typically you’re paying more for a better quality build! After you’ve weighed your prospective contractors it’s finally time for the contract formation. This phase finalizes the terms and lays the legal groundwork for the project.
From installation and repair to gutter and chimney maintenance we pride ourselves in offering all the services you need when bad weather wreaks havoc on your home’s roof. Ready to get to work? Text us at 317-985-2344 for an instant quote!