Choosing a Roofer
Your roof obviously plays a crucial role in terms of providing a safe and comfortable home for you and your family. Thus, for any problems that call for repair of renovation, you you should only trust a professional tradesman who can assure you of high quality but affordable roofing work.
Below are tips to help you find a good roofer for your project:
Check the problem first.
Cowboy tradesmen are known for exaggerating problems so that people will pay them more than what’s really necessary. So before you hire a roofer, at least try to get a good understanding of the issue yourself. For example, there’s only a small portion of your roof that has begun to leak, you probably won’t need a complete re-roof.
It is important that you always investigate a company thoroughly before hiring them to do any work.
Before you decide to hire any particular service professional, make sure you have researched their credentials in advance. The roofer hire should be licensed and insured, and have relevant accreditations. Certainly, they should have a physical address and a landline too. If they just give you a mobile number, it’s just too much of a risk to take. What reputable roofer would only provide a mobile number?
If you have a slate roof issue, it’s illogical to hire a roofer who worked exclusively with thatched roof renovation in the past. If you hire someone with the wrong experience, you will most probably have to hire a second contractor – hopefully the right one – to correct the mistakes of the first. This will not only stall the project, but also increase your costs considerably.
Scan their portfolio and ask for references.
By reviewing the previous work of your potential roofer, you will see the work quality, experience and dependability they have to offer you. You should also ask for client references and actually call these people to get more information regarding the contractor. If the roofer seems unwilling to provide pictures or references, they’re most probably hiding secrets. But you probably don’t want to bother knowing about those secrets. Just get on with the next prospect on your list.
Ask for a written estimate.
Before you allow any work to begin, make sure you have a detailed written quote. This will help you understand how you will be billed, whether you will pay a per-hour rate or a fixed rate, and what your specific costs will be. Of course, if you have a written quote, comparing it with quotes from other roofers will be a lot easier. And certainly, comparisons are necessary because they provide solid basis for you to conclude that a certain roofer is indeed the best for you.