6 Essential Parts of a Roofing Contract

A roof replacement is a major investment. Before you commit to hiring just any roofing company, you want to be sure to have all your bases covered when it comes to your roofing contract. While it’s important to get at least three estimates from several different contractors, it’s equally as important to understand the essential elements of the final contract.

Roofing Contract

What a Roofing Contract Should Contain

Once a decision has been made and you have chosen a contractor, there are certain specifications that should be included in any contract you sign. These are for your protection in the event that any issues arise during the project.

  1. Specific materials to be used. Get a breakdown of the materials that will be used on the project so that you can verify their quality.

  2. Details on payment terms. Before signing a contract, make sure the payment details are spelled out. There are usually four components to the payment process: the down payment, progress payments (paid along the way as each phase of the project is completed), the final payment and a provision for you to hold back the final payment until all the work is done to your satisfaction.

  3. Provisions to deal with change orders or add-ons. This is to address any problems that may come up requiring additional labor and supplies and resulting in extra charges.

  4. Schedules and procedures. The amount of time it takes to complete a roofing job depends on the size of the house, the slope of the roof and the type of material being used. An experienced roofer is able to take these factors into consideration and give you a reasonable estimate on the duration of the project. They should also indicate the work hours of the crew, along with the installation procedures and safety practices of the company.

  5. A lien release. It’s not unheard of for a roofing company to fail to pay their subcontractors and suppliers. Having a lien release included in the contract will protect you from being liable should this situation occur.

  6. A termination clause. The purpose of this addition is to detail the circumstances in which either party can end the agreement without penalty if the terms of the contract are broken.

Trust Muth and Company Roofing

If you’re looking for a roofing contractor in the Columbus area, whether for a replacement or a roof repair, Muth and Company Roofing is the company you can trust to be reliable, professional and honest in all that we do. Contact us today at (614) 682-3060 for a FREE consultation and estimate.


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