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Tips for Hiring a Reputable Roofer

A solid, waterproof roof is a fundamental yet pricey part of our home – all the more reason to find a trusted professional to install and maintain one for us. The following are tips to help you find and hire a good roofer in your area:

Seeking Referrals

A referral from a neighbor is a nice way to find a good roofer, because it’s likely that they are using the same or a similar roofing. Internet reviews for local roofers must also be considered, specifically those who have had the same roofing project you prefer.
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Also check with roofing contractor national association. Member contractors go through strict vetting before joining and are subject to checks every number of years. They have to hold the right public, employers’ and third party insurance, follow health and safety legislation and work in accordance with the organization’s code of practice and national or national standards.

Getting Quotes
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You need to contact at least three roofers and not focus on a single prospect. A roofing company may provide a quote for a simple job, such as cleaning gutters and replacing broken or missing tiles and cleaning gutters, but will often want to come and check your property personally.

In the roofing business, you may reasonably get issued with estimates rather than quotes. This is because the contractor may not be able to determine the roof sub-structure condition until the external slates or tiles are removed. In any case, get estimates or quotes in writing and be sure that they include the cost of materials and labor. Be cautious of roofing contractors that offer you cash or VAT-free deals.

Also, don’t automatically select the roofer who gives the cheapest estimate. Go back to online reviews or customer references, considering the quality of the survey, the recommendations you are given and the sense of confidence you get while knowing more about the company. It is good to talk to the contractor for questions about anything on the quote, or perhaps to ask for the reasons one contractor is recommending something that the others aren’t, or simply why one contractor is less expensive than the rest.

Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Before any of the work commences, you have to see evidence of suitable insurance. If your job involves a new roof, or a major overhaul of your existing roof, ask for a guarantee. Roofers also have to supply a written contract of works for larger projects. This has to include all details, like surprise extra charges, penalties for finishing the work after the deadline, workdays and work hours, materials and guarantees, trash disposal and any costs, and what happens in case you are not happy with the outcome.

Paying the Roofer

You need to agree on a schedule for payments prior to any work. It’s usual to be asked for an upfront installment, especially for a major project. The final installment must only be paid after you decide that you are satisfied with the results, and all the necessary documents are in order.