Choosing a Roofer
It’s obvious how important a roof is when it comes to providing your family a secure and comfortable home. Therefore, if there are any problems, you have to hire a professional tradesman who can guarantee quality and affordable roofing work.
If you’re looking for a roofer, the following are tips that can help:
Look into the issue yourself 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. If only one tiny area of your roof is having issues, for example, a full re-roof will probably not be required.
It is important that you always investigate a company thoroughly before hiring them to do any work.
Before hiring a roofer or any service professional, always research their credentials beforehand. When it comes to roofers, you’d like someone who is licensed, insured and with 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. There is no established and reputable roofer in the world who can only give you a mobile number.
It’s silly to hire a roofer whose only experience is thatched roof renovations, if what you need is slate roof repair. Hiring a roofer with the wrong experience only means that you’ll likely need to hire a second one – hopefully the right roofer by this time – to straighten up the errors committed by the first. Not only will this delay the completion of the project, but you will also end up spending more than what you had originally planned.
Examine their portfolio and ask for client references.
By reviewing the previous work of your potential roofer, you will see the work quality, experience and dependability they have to offer you. Asking for references and actually talking to them is also a good way to know more about the contractor. If the roofer doesn’t seem willing to provide references or pictures of their past work, be alarmed. But you don’t have to waste your time knowing those secrets. Just get on with the next prospect on your list.
Request for a written quote.
Before you allow any work to begin, make sure you have a detailed written quote. This will help you understand the roofer’s pricing structure, whether you’ll be paying hourly or a flat rate, and what exactly you’ll be paying for. Of course, with a written estimate, comparing different roofers will also become much easier. And yes, comparisons are crucial because with no point of reference, you’ll never know if a roofer is actually the best for you, even if that’s what it initially looks like.