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A simple roof inspection can be completed with a pair of binoculars. Learn what to look for.
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I had a great experience with Red Diamond. They put a new roof on my house and did a marvelous job. There was no insurance involved in this I wanted to make sure I got the best price possible for the work done. I got 6 bids on the project and Red Diamond was one of them. They weren’t the cheapest but they were no where near the most expensive. I worked with Brian who I highly recommend. He was incredibly attentive and came to the house three times with different samples for me to look at. He even gave me some addresses of houses that had the same type roofing material and color I wanted so I could see the product in large scale. When time came to do the work, the guys showed up on time and were very friendly and careful around our bushes and flowers. They cleaned up totally when they were done and I couldn’t have been happier. I’d recommend Red Diamond Roofing in a heartbeat. Call Brian and ask for a bid. You won’t be disappointed. Tim D.
After the June hail storm we were bombarded with roofing companies coming to our house. My husband and I did our research and we decided to call Red Diamond Roofing to come and look at our roof. We had already had our insurance adjuster come and give us the insurance estimate of damages. When Mark Lewis came to look at our roof and gutters he helped us get better quality shingles than we had, and put larger downspouts to prevent a problem we had with our previous gutters. We felt like he really put us, the customers, first. He also recommended some contractors for repairs that they did not do. Our roof was replaced about 1 month after the hail storm. We were the first ones on our street to get it replaced. They completed the work in only 2 days and did a great job cleaning up our yard. Six months later we are very happy with the quality of the shingles, and it looks great! We were extremely happy with our experience with Red Diamond Roofing.
We had hail damage to our roof. Michele from Red Diamond Roofing came out and gave us an estimate. She went above and beyond to make sure we got the roof, gutters and other things repaired from the hail storm. Michele was even here when the insurance adjustor came to our home. She was also here at times during the installation of the roof. My roof was installed on the date it was promised, they did a very good job, cleaned up after themselves and left everything the way they found it. We were very happy with their services, I have recommended them to several others. We would definitely use them again if the need arises.
Red Diamond Roofing and Brian Dewald were outstanding. I telephoned Brian on a positive referral. I talked to him on the telephone and when it was clear he was an expert and a professional we met. He was prepared with everything I wanted to see: specific hail impact resistant shingle samples, sheathing, rain barrier, licenses and certificates, and contracts for my review. Red Diamond people handled the negotiations with State Farm to cover everything I wanted/needed per code. The crew they put on the roof was experienced and hard working. They left no debris behind. Excellent job. Top flight people and company.
Great Company! Elite Roofing was the greatest! We had a very complicated situation. We had hail damage that on our roof in Fort Collins and needed to get it repaired fast before we closed on our home that we sold. To make it a bit complicated, we did a short sale and Elite Roofing worked through all the red tape with the mortgage company, insurance company, city inspectors and worked with our real estate agents. We are so grateful for their quality of work, fast work, and patience. My wife an I highly recommend Elite Roofing. The onsite team, Cody and the office staff were outstanding! Thank you Elite Roofing!
I highly recommend working with Rocky Mountain Roofing & Restoration! I am very pleased with all aspects of my experience with them. I specifically worked with Robert Sanchez & Paul Malczewski. They are professional, honest, knowledgable, fast, kept me informed with every step of the process, addressed all my questions and concerns and even helped me step by step with my insurance claim process. They didn't require a penny till the work was inspected and complete. Their roofers were fast, efficient, considerate and friendly. Extremely pleased with the quality workmanship! -Amelia R. Lakewood
Horn Brothers Roofing just completed installing a Gerard steel roof on my home in Evergreen. I couldn't be more pleased with the quality of their work and the finished product. The tear off crew, the install crew and the gutter contractor were all excellent, and punctual. They cleaned up each and every day before departing. None of my concerns were ever discounted and more importantly, they often told me that they wanted me to be satisfied with their work. What a wonderful company who are several steps above the normal roofing contractor. I highly recommend Horn Brothers Roofing.
I would highly recommend working with this company, especially to anyone who has to deal with an insurance claim! They were exceptionally thorough and answered all of my questions (including the ones I didn't know to ask like the upgrades), were fast and efficient in settling my hail claim, were on time and very efficient on the beautiful roof installation, cleaned up very well and delivered what they promised. I don't know how I could be more pleased with my representative, the company, the installation, the extended warranty, or the exceptional service I was given.
Colin Stryke was our interstate roofing representative. Colin did a FANTASTIC Job for us! He guided us through every step of the process to the very end. He was professional and responsive. We were very concerned about getting the right roofing company to put on our new roof following damage from a hail storm. Not only did interstate roofing do a great job with our roof, but Colin made us feel comfortable and confident that everything would be done properly and with care. Our new roof looks great and we highly recommend Colin Stryke and interstate roofing!
These were the most professional and polite employees I have ever had the pleasure with which to work. Communication was excellent as was attention to detail. What was most impressive was after a roll of fabric blew off the roof and broke a glass dish in our yard, one of the employees went that night and bought a replacement with his own money and had it for us in the morning. Amazing! Also after seeing our neighbor's roof get slapped up in 3 days by another company, we were happier than ever that we went with Tiley who did such a professional job.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.