What Should Be Included in a Roofing Contract?

Roofing Contract

Settling on a contract with your roofing contractor is a major step toward scheduling a high-quality roof replacement. Before you sign the papers, make sure you fully understand each aspect of the agreement. If vital elements are missing, address the information gaps with the contractor. A roof replacement is an expensive home repair, and homeowners must trust contractors to stand by their work. Don’t enter a binding agreement without complete knowledge of the contract — the document that offers the only source of legal protection for the homeowner.

Projected Start and End Dates

Roofers depend on the weather forecast. A slew of windy, rainy days could stall their work and delay arrival at your property. However, the roofer should include a time frame in the roofing contract delivered to the homeowner. If the contractor can only provide a date range rather than a specific start date, the contract should state how much notice the homeowner will receive before the workers arrive. Contractor with years of experience will also be able to specify how long the roof replacement will take, if they have fully studied your roof.

Building Permits

Contractors should have already researched what, if any, building permits they must pull to replace your roof. The contract should list this, with the costs included, along with details on where they will post each permit while work is ongoing.

Product Details

The contract should clearly indicate material selections and quantities, and each should be itemized, from flashing to shingles, with manufacturer warranty information included.

Installation Procedure

The contract must list the basic safety measures the company takes, the daytime hours they plan on working and any specifics on the installation method. The contractor should also explain where a waste receptacle will be placed and how old materials will be disposed of.

Payment Terms

Be wary of roofing contracts that require homeowners to submit the entire payment before work begins. Common payment plans include obtaining a down payment when the contract is signed, usually one-third of the total cost. The homeowner can make a progress payment when work begins (another one-third of the total) and submit the last payment when the work is complete. This arrangement protects the homeowner from predatory fly-by-night roofers who take payments but do not finish — or even start — the work.

Warranty Information

If the contractor offers a workmanship warranty, the roofing contract should contain the details on how long and under what conditions the homeowner may contact the company for repairs.

Option to Terminate

Both parties must retain the option to terminate the contract if the terms are violated. A comprehensive contract will list the requirements for how to execute contract termination if necessary.

Lien Release

If the roofer does not meet obligations to their workers, the lien release protects the homeowner from any financial repercussions.

When you need qualified advice on a roofing contract or wish to work with a long-standing Utah roofing company, contact the professionals at Knockout Roofing.