San Antonio Roofing: Article About Recover
Property owners should ask certain questions of roofing contractors when deciding to replace a roof. First, if there are enough problem areas in the existing roof to warrant a new roof, discuss with a San Antonio roofing professional whether a tear off or a recover is the recommendation.
Homeowners should also ask about warranties. Generally, the manufacturers of asphalt shingles, metal roofs and other roofing products guarantee their products against manufacturing defects for a specified period of time. For example, warranties for 3 tab asphalt shingles may be 20, 25, 30 or 35 years. Sometimes, customers can buy extended warranties for an additional charge. Metal roofs and slate roofs last longer than asphalt shingle roofs. Metal roofs are not just for commercial buildings; some homeowners are turning to metal roofs made of aluminum or steel.
Warranties to cover errors in the installation of the roof are available from some roofing material manufacturers. These warranties are typically preferable to any workmanship warranties that may be offered by individual roofing companies because they tend to be longer. For example, some manufacturers of asphalt shingle roofs certify certain roofing companies to install their roofs and offer customers a warranty for an additional fee. These warranties may extend to the lifetime of a roof for a single family detached home.
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They may also carry a limited lifetime warranty against wind damage and the formation of algae on the roof. Homeowners should ask their contractor for written proof of any warranty. Also ask if it is transferable to a new owner.
Customers should get a detailed written proposal from the roofing contractor before giving approval for any work. The proposal should state the start and end date, exactly what will be done and the materials that will be used. The proposal also states the estimated cost of the job.
The contract should also state whether the customer must make a down payment or whether full payment is due only upon completion. Customers should steer clear of roofing contractors who want a down payment unless special materials are ordered. Even then, the customer should consider making the payment to the supplier rather than the roofing company. To safeguard their down payment, customers should consider paying by credit card rather than by cash or check. In this way, if a disagreement comes between the contractor and the customer, the customer can dispute the charge, and most credit card companies will step in to try to mediate.