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Question DetailsAsked on 6/11/2013

Roofer or general contractor?

We need to replace the roof on our house (a cape cod house with one 45 degree slope) and replace both entry doors and screen doors. We are also considering replacing one window. Is it best to hire a general contractor that will take care of all our repairs, or two separate companies, a roofer for the roof and a contractor for the doors and window?

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Depends on whether you want to act as a general contractor or not.

Roof is obviously done by a roofer.

Window can be done by a window repair company or a window and millwork shop that installs, or you get the window you want and have a window installer put it in.

Door replacement can be simple or complex - if just the door isbeing replaced, either new door in old frame or new pre-hung door same size, this can be done by a door and window installer or a finish carpenter, though you may have to do the trim painting yourself - some finish carpenters do this, some contract it out if needed.

If going with a significantly smaller door, or larger at all (including sidelights), then you may need a rough carpenter to do framing modifications, possibly plumber or electrician if moving them is required, finish carpenter for door/sidelight installation and trim, drywall contractor for inside drywall repairs after framing changes, siding contractor if siding impacted by structurlal changes, painter, etc, etc, etc. Starts sounding like a general contractor, doesn't it.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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