How to Choose the Right Roofer for Your Project
Your roof obviously plays a big role in terms of providing you and your family a secure home. 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.
Here are tips that can help you find the right roofer for your needs:
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 actually hire somebody, take a good look at 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. When it comes to roofers, you’d like someone who is licensed, insured and with relevant accreditations. Of course, they should also have a physical office address and a landline. 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.
If you need emergency slate roof repair, why would you hire someone whose exclusive experience involves thatched roof renovations? Hiring somebody with the wrong experience will probably mean you’ll have to hire roofer #2- hopefully the right one this time – to rectify the mistakes of #1. 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 looking at a prospective roofer’s previous work, you can see what quality, experience and reliability you can expect from them. Asking for references and actually talking to them is also a good way to know more about the contractor. If the roofer seems unwilling to provide pictures or references, they’re most probably hiding secrets. But there’s no need to waste of time digging up those secrets. Just move on to your next prospect.
Ask for a written quote.
Before you start any work, you should have a detailed and written estimate. This will make it easier for you to understand the contractor’s pricing structure, whether you pay a fixed rate or an hourly rate, and what in particular you have to pay for. Of course, if you have a written quote, comparing it with quotes from other roofers will be a lot 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.