Residential roofing contract 2024 (guide + free template)

A residential roofing contract is a legal agreement between a homeowner and a roofing contractor. It outlines the terms and conditions for a roofing project on a residential property.

This contract typically includes details such as the scope of work, materials to be used, project timeline, cost, payment schedule, warranties, and other important information.

It serves as a formal agreement to ensure that the roofing work is completed as agreed upon and provides protection for both the homeowner and the contractor in case of disputes or issues during the project.

Over the course of my career as a Lawyer, I’ve had the privilege of working on hundreds of residential roofing contracts, and I’ve seen firsthand the difference a well-crafted contract can make in ensuring a smooth, stress-free roofing project.

I have a full guide that teaches everything you need to know about roofing contracts. You can read that guide here

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In this blog post, I’ll be sharing my expertise in residential roofing contracts, breaking down the key components, and offering insights to help you navigate this often complex and overlooked aspect of home improvement.

Whether you’re a homeowner about to embark on a roofing project or a contractor looking to refine your contract-writing skills, I’m here to provide you with valuable guidance and knowledge that can make a significant difference in your roofing experience.

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Read also: Commercial roofing contract (guide + free template)

Key components of residential roofing contract

A well-structured residential roofing contract should include several key components to ensure clarity and protection for both the homeowner and the roofing contractor.

Here are the essential elements to include:

It’s essential to ensure that all terms and conditions are clearly stated and agreed upon before work begins.

Parties Involved

Clearly state the names, addresses, and contact information of both the homeowner (client) and the roofing contractor (service provider).

Include the legal business name and license numbers of the contractor, if applicable.

Scope of Work

Detail the specific roofing services to be provided, including the type of roofing materials, installation or repair procedures, and any additional work such as gutter installation or removal of old roofing materials.

Be as specific as possible to avoid misunderstandings.

Project Timeline

Specify the start date and estimated completion date for the roofing project. Include any milestones or deadlines for major project phases.

Materials and Equipment

List the materials, brands, and quality standards that will be used in the roofing project.

Ensure that this aligns with any warranties provided by manufacturers.

Cost and Payment Terms

Clearly outline the total cost of the project, including a breakdown of labor, materials, and any additional charges or fees.

Specify the payment schedule, including any upfront deposit, progress payments, and the final payment upon completion.

Warranties and Guarantees

Explain the warranties provided by the roofing contractor for both workmanship and materials.

Include any manufacturer warranties for roofing products.

Specify the duration and conditions under which these warranties apply.

Insurance and Liability

Confirm that the roofing contractor has the necessary insurance coverage, including liability insurance and workers’ compensation.

Specify who is responsible for any damages or injuries that may occur during the project.

Permits and Inspections

Indicate whether the contractor will obtain the necessary permits for the project and arrange for inspections, or if it is the homeowner’s responsibility.

Compliance with local building codes and regulations should be emphasized.

Change Orders

Describe the process for handling changes or additions to the scope of work, including how these changes will affect the project timeline and cost.

Require written approval from both parties for any changes.

Cleanup and Disposal

Specify how the contractor will handle debris removal, cleanup, and disposal of old roofing materials.

Ensure that the job site will be left in a safe and tidy condition.

Dispute Resolution

Outline a process for resolving disputes, which may involve mediation, arbitration, or litigation.

Specify the jurisdiction and venue for legal actions.

Termination Clause

Detail the conditions under which either party can terminate the contract and the associated procedures for doing so.

See also: Roofing contract cancellation letter

Signatures

Include spaces for both the homeowner and the roofing contractor to sign and date the contract. Signatures indicate mutual acceptance of the terms and conditions.

Attachments and Appendices

Attach any relevant documents, such as roofing diagrams, manufacturer warranties, or payment receipts, as appendices to the contract.

Make sure you seek legal counsel to review the contract before signing, especially for complex or high-value projects.

Residential roofing contract template

RESIDENTIAL ROOFING CONTRACT

This Residential Roofing Contract (“Contract”) is made and entered into on [Date], between:

Homeowner:
Name: [Homeowner’s Full Name]
Address: [Homeowner’s Address]
Phone: [Homeowner’s Phone Number]
Email: [Homeowner’s Email]

And

Roofing Contractor:
Business Name: [Contractor’s Business Name]
Contractor’s License Number: [Contractor’s License Number]
Address: [Contractor’s Address]
Phone: [Contractor’s Phone Number]
Email: [Contractor’s Email]

Scope of Work

The Contractor agrees to provide the following roofing services at the property located at [Property Address]:

  • [List the specific roofing services and materials to be used]

Project Timeline

The project is scheduled to begin on [Start Date] and is expected to be completed by [Expected Completion Date].

The Contractor will provide progress updates as needed.

Materials and Equipment

The Contractor will use the following materials and equipment for the project:

  • [List roofing materials, brands, and quality standards]

Cost and Payment Terms

The total cost of the project is $[Total Cost], payable as follows:

  • An upfront deposit of $[Deposit Amount] is due upon signing this Contract.
  • Progress payments of $[Progress Payment Amount] will be due at the following milestones: [List payment milestones].
  • The final payment of $[Final Payment Amount] is due upon completion and inspection of the roofing work.

Warranties and Guarantees

The Contractor provides the following warranties

  • [Specify workmanship warranty duration and conditions]
  • [Specify manufacturer warranty details]

Insurance and Liability

The Contractor maintains liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage.

Both parties agree to hold harmless and indemnify each other in case of any damages, injuries, or accidents related to the project.

Permits and Inspections

[Specify whether the Contractor or the Homeowner is responsible for obtaining necessary permits and arranging inspections, and detail the process.]

Change Orders

Any changes to the scope of work must be agreed upon in writing by both parties and may impact the project timeline and cost.

Cleanup and Disposal

The Contractor is responsible for the removal and disposal of debris and old roofing materials, leaving the job site in a safe and clean condition.

Dispute Resolution

In the event of a dispute, both parties agree to [Specify dispute resolution method, such as mediation, arbitration, or litigation].

The jurisdiction and venue for any legal actions shall be [Specify jurisdiction and venue].

Termination

Either party may terminate this Contract under the following conditions [Specify termination conditions and procedures].

Signatures

Both parties acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agreed to the terms and conditions of this Contract.

Homeowner’s Signature: __________ Date: __
Contractor’s Signature: __________ Date: _

Sample residential roofing contract

RESIDENTIAL ROOFING CONTRACT

This Residential Roofing Contract (“Contract”) is made and entered into on September 15, 20.., between:

Homeowner:
Name: John Smith
Address: 123 Oak Street, Anytown, CA 98765
Phone: (555) 123-4567
Email: john.smith@email.com

And

Roofing Contractor:
Business Name: ABC Roofing Solutions
Contractor’s License Number: ABC12345
Address: 456 Elm Avenue, Anytown, CA 98765
Phone: (555) 789-0123
Email: info@abcroofing.com

Scope of Work

The Contractor agrees to provide the following roofing services at the property located at 789 Maple Lane, Anytown, CA 98765:

  • Complete roof replacement using GAF Timberline HD shingles and underlayment.

Project Timeline

The project is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2023, and is expected to be completed by October 15, 2023. The Contractor will provide progress updates as needed.

Materials and Equipment

The Contractor will use the following materials and equipment for the project:

  • GAF Timberline HD shingles (color: Weathered Wood)
  • Quality underlayment and flashing materials.

Cost and Payment Terms

The total cost of the project is $7,500, payable as follows:

  • An upfront deposit of $2,000 is due upon signing this Contract.
  • Progress payments of $2,500 will be due at the following milestones: upon removal of old roof and installation of new underlayment ($1,250 each).
  • The final payment of $3,000 is due upon completion and inspection of the roofing work.

Warranties and Guarantees

The Contractor provides the following warranties:

  • Workmanship warranty for 5 years.
  • Manufacturer warranty for GAF shingles (details provided separately).

Insurance and Liability

The Contractor maintains liability insurance and workers’ compensation coverage.

Both parties agree to hold harmless and indemnify each other in case of any damages, injuries, or accidents related to the project.

Permits and Inspections

The Contractor is responsible for obtaining necessary permits and arranging inspections.

Change Orders

Any changes to the scope of work must be agreed upon in writing by both parties and may impact the project timeline and cost.

Cleanup and Disposal

The Contractor is responsible for the removal and disposal of debris and old roofing materials, leaving the job site in a safe and clean condition.

Dispute Resolution

In the event of a dispute, both parties agree to mediation.

The jurisdiction and venue for any legal actions shall be Anytown, CA.

Termination

Either party may terminate this Contract under the following conditions;

a. Termination by Homeowner:
i. The homeowner may terminate this Contract by providing written notice to the Contractor if:

  • The Contractor fails to commence work within [Specify a reasonable timeframe, e.g., 14 days] of the agreed-upon start date.
  • The Contractor fails to perform the roofing work in accordance with the specifications and quality standards outlined in this Contract.
  • The Contractor breaches any other material term or condition of this Contract.

ii. Upon termination by the homeowner, the Contractor shall return any unused materials and provide a prorated refund of any payments made for work not performed.

b. Termination by Contractor:
i. The Contractor may terminate this Contract by providing written notice to the homeowner if:

  • The homeowner fails to make any required payment as specified in this Contract, and such non-payment continues for a period of [Specify a reasonable timeframe, e.g., 30 days] after written notice is provided.
  • The homeowner interferes with or obstructs the progress of the roofing work in a manner that substantially impacts the Contractor’s ability to complete the project.

ii. Upon termination by the Contractor, the homeowner shall be liable for any work performed and materials used up to the termination date, and any outstanding payment obligations shall remain in effect.

c. Mutual Termination:
i. Both parties may mutually agree, in writing, to terminate this Contract for any reason. In such cases, the terms of termination, including the financial settlement, shall be determined through negotiation and documented in writing.

d. Force Majeure:
i. Either party may terminate this Contract if the roofing project is delayed or rendered impracticable due to events beyond the control of the parties, such as acts of nature, fires, strikes, or other unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, the parties shall make reasonable efforts to reach an equitable resolution regarding any work completed and payments made.

Termination of this Contract shall not relieve either party of any obligations or liabilities incurred before the termination date, and any clauses of this Contract that, by their nature, should survive termination (such as warranties, insurance provisions, or dispute resolution procedures) shall remain in effect.

Signatures

Both parties acknowledge that they have read, understood, and agreed to the terms and conditions of this Contract.

Homeowner’s Signature: __________ Date: __
Contractor’s Signature: __________ Date: __

Attachments and Appendices:

  • Manufacturer warranty for GAF shingles

Residential roofing contract pdf

The following is a printable residential roofing contract

Residential roofing contract word

Isack Kimaro
Isack Kimaro

Isack Kimaro brings over 7 years of extensive experience in professional writing. My career has been dedicated to mastering the art of clear, effective communication, essential for successfully professional correspondence.