How to Pick a Good 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.
Here are tips that can help you find the right roofer for your needs:
Look into the issue yourself first.
Cowboy tradesmen usually exaggerate the extent of the problem, and thus, the money you need to spend to fix it. So before hiring a roofer, try and take a look at 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 you decide to hire any particular service professional, make sure you have researched their credentials in advance. Hire a roofer who is licensed and insured, as well as accredited by industry bodies. Definitely, they should also have a physical address and a landline number. 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. 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.
Go over their portfolio and ask for references.
By scrutinizing a potential roofer’s past work, you will see the kind of experience, work quality and reliability they can provide 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 move forward with your next prospect.
Ask for a written estimate.
Prior to starting the work, make sure you have been given a detailed written estimate. 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 yes, it’s important to make comparisons because there’s no way you can consider a roofer a good one unless you have a concrete point of reference.