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The Ultimate Guide to Roofing

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. Local online reviews should be considered too, especially those with the same roofing or a similar type you prefer.
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You can also check with your national association of roofing contractors. Member contractors are rigorously vetted before they are accepted, and are subject to periodic checks every three 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 roofer may give you a quote for a simple project – for example, replacing missing or broken tiles and cleaning gutters – but will most probably want to come and see the site personally. Roofing is an industry where you could be issued estimates instead of quotes. That’s because the contractor may be unable to look at the condition of the roof’s sub-structure until after removing the outer covering slates or tiles. In any case, get estimates or quotes in writing and be sure that they include the cost of materials and labor. Be careful of roofing contractors with cash or VAT-free offers. Also, you mustn’t automatically choose the roofer with 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 smart to talk to the contractor for anything on the quote you don’t completely understand, or perhaps to ask why one contractor recommends something that the others haven’t, or why one contractor is cheaper than the rest. Hiring a Roofing Contractor Before the work starts, you should ask for evidence of the right insurance. If your project involves a new roof, or an overhaul of your current roof, you must ask for a guarantee. Roofers also have to supply a written contract of works for larger projects. This must provide for all details, such as unexpected extra costs, penalties for work finished after the deadline, work hours and workdays, supply of materials and guarantees, disposal of garbage and any necessary costs, and what happens should you find the results unsatisfactory. Paying the Roofer You need to agree on a schedule for payments prior to any work. Don’t be surprised if you are asked for an installment upfront, especially for a larger project. However, the last installment must only be paid if you are sure that you are happy with the results, and all the necessary paperwork is in order.