6 Tips for Choosing a Roofing Contractor

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Jonathan Whitcombe

Subject: Storm Chaser

I am a storm chaser specializing in wind and hail within the Mid-Atlantic region. Storm chasers can actually be extremely useful in cases of natural disasters because they know how to deal with the insurance adjusters and know exactly what to look for. Generally, they know how to get the maximum payout in order to provide you with highest quality work and product without you having to spend a dime (other than deductible which is law). However, ensure your storm chaser is from your tri-state region (if Mid-Atlantic) or within 4-5hours if you are in larger states. Ensure that your contract states they will be the ones to handle any issues (not the roofers) to avoid loops and hoops. Ensure that the storm chaser has a plethora of references and referrals. Also, storm chasers, especially if independent, may work with local roofers and contractors. In closing, if a storm chaser knocks on your door, the chances of there being a severe issue with your home is pretty high. We wouldn't bother knocking if there was not damage sustained in the area ;)

Debra Lawson

Subject: Nails in roof

How much should it cost to have nails in roof nailed down. Insurance is saying the edge of roof has curled. What can I do?


Subject: Roof repairs

It actually depends on the type of repairs, how extensive they are and the condition and age of your roof as to whether or not a roofing contractor will issue a warranty for proposed repairs. It is not an uncommon practice for a repair person and/or company to not offer warranties on repairs that they feel will end up costing them money in the long run. Perhaps you should consider other estimates for repair as well.


Shirley McGovern

Subject: repair to roof

received a proposal from local roofing company for leaky roof in one area. It seems reasonable but when reading proposal It says There are no warranties on repair work. Do I go with this company? I would not think so if he cannot guarantee his work.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.