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Finding a Good Roofer A solid, waterproof roof is an indispensable yet costly part of our home – all the more reason to choose a reputable roofer to install as well as maintain one for us. The following are tips to help you find and hire a good roofer in your area: Seeking Recommendations A neighbor’s recommendation is a good way to locate a good roofer, knowing it’s probable that they also use a similar or even the same roofing. Internet reviews for local roofers must also be considered, specifically those who have had the same roofing project you prefer.
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Also check with roofing contractor national association. Member contractors are subjected to strict vetting procedures before being accepted and are also checked every certain number of years. They are required to follow safety and health legislation, get the right public, employers’ and third party insurance coverage, and operate according to the association’s code of practice and reginal/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. This is because the contractor may not be able to determine the roof sub-structure condition until the external slates or tiles are removed. In any case, get quotes or quotes in written form and ensure they cover the cost of both materials and labor. Be cautious of roofing contractors that offer you cash or VAT-free deals. Also, don’t automatically select the roofer who gives the cheapest estimate. Check online reviews or customer references again and consider the quality of the survey, the recommendations given and the sense of confidence you get as you read about the company. It is wise to speak to the contractor for anything on the quote which you don’t totally understand, or maybe to ask why a certain contractor recommends something that the others haven’t, or why one contractor charges lower 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 a major restoration of your current roof, you have to ask for a guarantee. Roofers also have to supply a written contract of works for larger projects. This should cover all details, like unforeseen extra charges, penalties for work finished beyond deadline, workdays and work hours, materials, supply and guarantees, garbage disposal and costs (if any) and what happens if you find work unsatisfactory. Paying the Roofer You have to agree on a schedule for payments before work begins. It’s usual to be asked for an upfront installment, especially for a major project. The final installment must only be paid after you decide that you are satisfied with the results, and all the necessary documents are in order.

02 Aug 2017

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