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Question DetailsAsked on 5/24/2011

what should be contained in a standard roofing contract?

I have found a roofing contractor thru Angie's list and I am having my roof taken all the way down, replacing some rotted wood, adding vents, flashing, typical replacement. Could use some suggestions on anything that I should watch for when they do the job. We have already discussed cleaning up each day, dumpsters, no sub-contractors (in the contract), warranty, cost. I am concerned that I am missing something since I know nothing about roofing, other than mine is leaking. Do most of them require a deposit of some type?

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All roofing contracts should contain:

Tear-Off or recover

Masonry Chimney Flashing Replacement

Pipe Flashing Replacement

Wall Step Flashing replacement

Ice and Water Shield (Required by Code In Most Areas)

Type of roof deck protection

Type and Brand Of shingles

total Number of Squares

Start Date

Completion Date

Permit Fees

how many nails per shingle (should be 6 but check MFG website for your brand)

Workmanship Warranty

MFG Material Warranty

Contractors Insurance Certificate made out to the homeowner

Cost for Damaged wood if plywood or plank

Also refer to the NRCA website for their Choosing a Contractor Section for additionally help.

Answered 9 years ago by Onlythebestbuilder


The proposal shouldbe VERY specific and should be at least a page in lenght, no 5 line scopes of work as they leave too mucgh gray area for arguments and confusion later on. If it is being done it will be in writing if it is not in writing you must consider that it is probably not being done.

How will they protect your property during the tear off?

How much will rotten substrate replacement cost?

What type of underlayments are being installed?

What type of roofing product? What is the warranty on that product?

What type of ventilation, if any, is being installed? Is the ventilation going to be improved upon in any way?

What type of flashings are going to be installed, and how?

Who will clean up, and how will they clean up?

What is the contractor's guarantee?

What are the payment terms?

Contact information is also important. Contractor's name, address, phone numbers, web site address, and LICENSE number. If a license is required in your area don't hire a contractor without a license!


Answered 8 years ago by ReliableAmericanRoof

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