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Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
Find out the questions to ask a roofing contractor and what's involved in repairing and replacing your home's roof.
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Thank you, once again Patricia. For your help on short selling my home and getting me back on my feet. I have already recommended your services to several people close to me. Keep up the great work.
Patricia Rocha is a wonderful realtor. If you are looking to buy a home I highly recommend her services. She is hard working,honest,professional and has your best interest in hand. Speaking from personal experience.
Patricia Rocha is a outstanding Real Estate Agent she is honest , pleasant, hard-working. I highly recommend Patricia. She has been our real estate agent for many years...
Competition Roofing has done 5 roofs for us. Each time they have come out they have beenon time and committed to their work. They have completed the jobs on time and when they said they would. The workers were very respectful and left the job very clean. We would recommend them anytime to anyone.
My fiancee contacted Gabby with the good new and she stated "NO!!!!! I will give the the $3500 from my commission but please PLEASE don't sell the gates, I promise you that." Though we desperately needed the money, we kept our faith in Gabby and told the neighbor, "no"At one time, my fiancee and I while checking on our home, we noticed the back garage door was kicked it, are personal belongings were in the garage, luckly nothing was missing, I wanted to call the police, but I first contacted Gabby" she informed us that, it was ok, she informed the inspector to go ahead and kick the garage door in, Shocked, I asked my fiancee "WHY?!!" Gabby then informed us that because we didn't answer our phone she had no choice. Which was A LIE because our phone records show NO ATTEMPT of her even trying to contact us...NOTHING!Moving forward, Gabby informed us that she had a confirmed Short Sell and forced my fiancee to drive over 45 mins on different occasions,( not even offering any gas money) to sign her papers for the short sell. At the time my fiancee did everything and anything to help Gabby "Make this happen" with the reassurance that he can expect something, knowing he was loosing the one dream he ever had, a home he built with his own 2 hands.Upon signing his last papers with Gabby, Gabby informed my fiancee that a lawsuit may be being filed on him, from the new owners for the missing appliance and demanded the keys to our home, my fiancee trusted this women and believed her, gave her the key and spent many sleepless nights hoping a lawsuit wouldn't happen and hopefully the money comes soon. Well, I should have known when Gabby stopped contacting us, never answer any text message. We attempted to contact her everyday, then FINALLY she calls my fiancee and state "it hasn't closed yet, I am still waiting for the final papers and the new owners are trying to file a lawsuit on you"....that was a week and a half ago.My close friend of mine is a Realtor and looked into this situation for us...come to find out:1. the house closed on 10/10/20122. Gabby got paid her $21,000 commission3. Gabby LIED in the paperwork and stated "The owners walked AWAY"4. In the contract it states the the appliances were negotiable, meaning if u want them u have to ask but doesn't mean u get them cause its up to the owner I have tried to contact Gabby in regards to this matter, and she has her husband contact us, informing us to stop contacting Gabby or we will have to contend with the Century 21 attorney's! Gabby REFUSES to lived up to her promises. I will be filing with the "Department of Consumer Complaints" the "National Board of Realtors" and the BBB.
Do not use Gabby S. from Century 21 King..I never thought ANY would be as dishonest as her. My fiancee built his custom home in Rancho at the age of 27 and worked himself almost to death trying to afford and keep his home, but the economy won against him and in trusted a friends wife to help him sell his home. First of all Gabby S. business ethics are HORRIBLE,..she will be nice to your face and pretend to care about your well being, but once the money is in her hands...GONE!! We lived in our home while Gabby was trying to sell it on the market, on numerous occasions, strangers off the street with NO REALTOR would walk in our home! Granted, I should always keep the doors locked, but for people just to walk in? I contacted Gabby and her excuse was "oohh I'm so sorry, um..I thought a Realtor was with them..its ok" that happened more then once. Keep in mind we were still living there! Gabby is horrible at communicating UNLESS it is something that will benefit her, there was an occasion when my fiancee was showering and a REALTOR with a FAMILY walked right into the master bedroom/bathroom while he was towel drying!! Her excuse "Ooohhh they showed up? oohhh I thought they rescheduled" I can go on, on ALL the un supervised, unexpected, walk ins that we experienced because of Gabby's non professionalism! But it doesn't stop there.Gabby was unable to sell the home (probably because out of the 30-40 people that came to look at our home, she was probably present 5 times) so she made sure it went to a Short Sell, knowing she would bank off the profit and she did indeed, but let me back up.We grew uncomfortable living in our own home because at one point there were at least 2 appointments A DAY showing UP! I guess because I was a full time student and my fiancee worked full time, we were not always available to answer when she texted us "People will be at the house in 15 mins, its OK?....ok thank you" our lives were disrupted...completely disruptedMy fiancee grew tired of the unexpected visit and demands of Gabby and asked her, "Would it be more easier if we rented a place so you can sell the home, would you be able to help us out in anyway?" Gabby's response was "Oh YES!!!..yes, I will give you some of my commission (kickback) to help you out...I'm so sorry for all the disruptions" My fiancee was laid off from work and we relocated about 45 mins from Rancho Cucamonga, because that was all we could afford. Gabby also stated "I promise to help you out once I get my commission, but I can't tell you how much because I could loose my license, so I promise I will help you out" so we believed her. My fiancee and I still had personal belongings in our home and struggled to move, we simply could not afford to hire someone to help us, so we moved one load at a time to our current rental. On one of our trips from Rancho to our new rental, a neighbor approached us and offered us $3500 for our wrought iron gates we had in front of our home, because we were starving and struggling to get by, we informed our neighbor that we need to run it by our Realtor first.
The type of roofer you will need will depend on whether you require a brand new roof or small repairs. You need to find a contractor with a history of excellent service in a particular roofing project.
Installation - A roofer can put a brand new roof on your home or commercial building. When this is done as part of original construction, the main contractor will probably perform the task, or may hire a specialist. This is a big project so you may want to find a company who can offer a crew to install your roof over a shorter time period.
Since this is a more involved process, it is also more expensive. Home Advisor says you should expect to pay between $4,000 to $9,000 for a roof installation. This, of course, depends on what type of material the roofer uses, the size of your roof, the code requirements of your area and even the angle - or pitch - of your roof.
Replacement - If you want to replace your current roof, you can hire a company or individual to strip your roof and install new shingles or panels. Some roofing options, such as metal tiles, can be placed on top of existing shingles and are easy enough to install that a single contractor can perform the task efficiently.
If the contractor can install the new roof without removing the old one, it is going to cost you less than a complete replacement. Installing lighter materials will also save you money because it requires fewer people and can be completed faster.
Repair - When you have a leak, it may be time to contact a local roofer. Some problems are obvious and you'll want to call a contractor quickly before damage spreads. A roofer will replace holes in your roof after severe weather or fix your gutters when they stop draining properly.
The average roof repair project will cost you a few hundred dollars. Each tasks is different and you should get a price breakdown for each roof repair project. Make sure you are charged a fair price for materials and time.
Maintenance - There are a variety of tasks that can help maintain the quality of your roofing materials. You may want to invest in sealant or coatings that prevent moisture accumulation or reflect sunlight.
A popular project these days is installing solar panels or other environmentally conscious solutions to save money and make your property greener. When pricing these options, make sure to compare how much the project costs to how much the contractor projects you should save on utilities and heating expesnes.
Inspection - If you are selling your home or business, you'll probably want to contact a roofer to inspect your property for any issues that may affect the value. Whatever your reason for inspections, a roofing expert can tell you possible causes for concerns or provide ideas for future maintenance.
Depending on your area, you may be able to find a roofing contractor who will give you a free evaluation, but you should expect to pay a couple hundred dollars for a full inspection.
Certain events demand you reach out to a roofing expert - such as when a tree crashes through your home. If, however, you're unsure a visit from a contractor is warranted, here are a few signs it's time to give your roof some attention:
The easiest way to tell if your roof needs repair or replacement is to look at it. You should be able to spot broken or missing shingles. Look for subtler signs, such as roof tiles curling or damage around corners and chimneys. Inconsistent coloring could indicate moss or water damage.
If you really want to give your roof a thorough inspection, Good Housekeeping advises property owners to check gutters for broken down granules or interiors for structural sagging.
Not Doing its Job
Your roof is supposed to protect you from environmental elements. If you find water in your home after a rainstorm or feel a draft on cold days, it may mean there are gaps in your roof panels or other problems. A good place to check is your basement or the uppermost level of your property. Try turning out the lights during the day and checking for signs of sunlight breaking through your roof.
You can also check your energy bill. When you feel like you pay too much for heat or cooling, roof repairs could help you cut costs.
After a Major Weather Event
You should always inspect your roof for signs of damage after a major weather event. Wind can blow shingles off your property and hail is a common cause of dents or breakage. If your home suffers from a fire, you need to check for internal structural damage.
All roof materials - even metal shingles and panels - have an expiration date. If you've had your roof for over 20 years, you should consider having a professional give it a full inspection. Problems aren't always obvious, but you can check your original contractor statements for when it's time to reevaluate the work.
After doing your research, you should talk to a roofer in person and ask specific questions before hiring him or her for your project:
What Are Your Qualifications?
The first thing you need to check for is a local address. Its easier to trust a roofer with a history in the community that proudly displays contact information. Not all states require a roofing license, but you should at least check to see if a company or contractor belongs to a national roofing organization or the local chamber of commerce. Ask about any award or certifications the company has earned in previous years.
Can I Have a Cost Report?
No matter how dependable a roofer may seem, never depend on a verbal agreement. You want to get every promise down in writing. An extensive job cost report shows you exactly what work a roofer will perform and how much each service will cost you.
Go line by line and ask about every expense. You should also check to make sure the job completely covers the necessary task, so ask about additional services the contractor could perform for water protection or extended warranty.
What Are Your Plans for Emergencies?
Roofing can be dangerous. You need to make sure that the company or contractor carries liability insurance so you are not held responsible for accidents. Ask to see the proper paperwork and inquire about safety precautions. You should also check if the roofer has contingencies for smaller emergencies, such as rain delays.
How Will You Protect My Property?
Roofing projects can lead to debris and even structural damage. You should invite a roofer to inspect your property before beginning a project so you can point out landscaping or other external features they should look out for. If the contractor doesn't seem to care about aesthetical concerns, you shouldn't expect the finished product to help your curb appeal.
What's Your Warranty?
You need to inquire about how long the work should last. A major factor in longevity will be the materials used. You should research online about how long metal or concrete shingles should perform and make sure the business's guaranteed warranty is in line with industry standards.
Can I Get a Reference?
Not only should you ask to get in contact with past clients, Time Magazine advises homeowners to visit projects currently underway to see how the contractor or company actually performs during a job. You can also go online and check out other customer reviews.
Roofing materials are made out of concrete, metal, plastic and a variety of other substances. Before you settle on material and a design, you should consider these factors:
If you live in an area prone to wildfires, you may want to avoid flammable roofing materials. You have to be aware of your risks for damage and prevent common causes of trouble in your initial buying. This doesn't disqualify all materials. For example, if you worry about moisture but want asphalt shingles, you can purchase algae-resistant versions. If you are designing a home, a pitched roof is better at preventing moisture acclimation than a flat one.
The longer you plan to live in your current home or occupy a commercial space, the more you should invest in a durable roof. The roof of your structure will be a major selling point should you decide to move.
Some roofing materials, such as metal and plastic, have a variety of available looks and designs, while clay tile is very popular for an authentic appearance. You must consider how the roof should look alongside the rest of your architecture and talk to your contractor about the aesthetic values of high-quality materials. You should also consider skylights, chimneys or other obstacles to consistent patterns when planning a design.
Once you consider your regional area, necessary durability and aesthetic appeal, you should take your needs to a roofer who can give you the most cost-efficient option that will satisfy your concerns. You should always create a budget for your roof installation or repair.
If you wish to keep visits from a professional roofer to a minimum, there are some steps you can take to maintain your roof on your own:
Perform Simple Maintenance
Water in your roof is a major cause of mold and leaks. Regularly cleaning your gutters to prevent debris build-up is a best practice. You should also check your flashing and shingle alignment for holes or cracks in the surface. When a roofer installs new materials, ask about specific maintenance you should perform.
Be Aware of Your Risks
If you have a tree near your home, you have to look out for wet leaves accumulating on your roof and the potential danger of falling branches. Homes in colder climates may suffer from freezing, so you want to make sure your roof is properly insulated and prevent heavy snows from weighing down your structure. Before any major weather event, you should inspect your home for possible weaknesses and contact a roofer to prevent trouble.
The primary solution for any possible roof damage is prevention. You can't take your property for granted. You should inspect your roof at regular intervals. Have a professional roofing contractor evaluate your structure after major incidents and well before your warranty expires.