Embarking on and overseeing any major contracting work project can be nerve-racking, especially when it falls on you to constantly monitor the work being done. If you didn’t keep a close eye on things, how would you know whether or not the work being done was progressing properly and if the roofer was, in fact, upholding the details of the contract?
Even if you were conscientious about monitoring the project’s progress, and assuming that all the materials specified in the contract were actually used – and all specifications were followed – there should still be a few more things for you to check on before you agree to sign off on the project’s completion papers.
Check for shoddy workmanship
High-quality roofing contractors don’t cut corners, period. However, not all homeowners are fortunate enough to find and hire truly reputable contractors. Some might be more than willing to take a shortcut here and there to save on materials and labor costs.
Some of the roof components you need to do a visual check on are the flashings, gutters, and downspouts. The flashings should be aligned properly and the gutters should be sloped towards the downspouts, not away from them.
If shingles were used on your roof, you should also check if any of them are misaligned. Misaligned shingles can lead to roof leaks in the future.
Check to see if the area is clean
Any good contractor knows that they need to clean up once they’ve completed the job. A simple walk around the premises will reveal if they’ve actually cleaned up. You should look for nails or debris, especially if an old roof was torn down before installing a new one.
Look for anything unusual
While walking around the house, you can also take the time to look at the roof and check for anything unusual. These would include sags, unevenness, dips, and obvious signs of damage. Don’t worry if you’re not an expert on roofing. If something seems out of the ordinary, you should have the contractor explain. If the contractor can’t provide an acceptable explanation, feel free to have them correct the fault.
Just because a contractor claimed that they completed the job does not mean that you must instantly take their word for it. It would be best if you took the time to check and see if they did a good job, even if they do provide a warranty. You may be able to rely on the warranty, but that doesn’t save you the headache of finding out that your contractor made mistakes (intentional or unintentional).
In the next part of this series, we discuss warranties and what you need to check and consider. Stay tuned!