Six Areas to Think of When Hiring A Roofing Contractor
Looking for a roofing contractor can seem like a daunting task. You want to get the best work for your money and not be a victim of dodgy cowboy traders. Everyone deserves to receive quality workmanship on their projects. You don’t want to wait until the project is half completed or for something to go wrong to realise you should have gone elsewhere.
We have written a handy guide on some of the key points you need to think about and ask when choosing a roofing contractor for your next project.
- Ask for written quotes/estimates from at least three different roofing companies.
This will give you a good guide on what the project is worth. The quotations/estimates should be fairly similar in price, showing that they know what they’re looking for when putting together a quote/estimate. If they’re vastly different, be wary and ask for an explanation. Remember, estimates can change slightly when they project starts due to unforeseen problems.
- Ask for a break down; what the job entails.
Really listen to what the contractor is telling you. This will give you an indication of what the actual project process is and what they plan to do. You will also be able to sense their body language and gauge if they are trustworthy or not. Make sure you go with the most suitable and most qualified company, rather than the cheapest. It’s also wise to know that you should never pay for a quote or estimate.
- Do your research about the companies
You should always do your research on the companies you receive quotes from. You want to find out as much as you can about the company before you accept any quote. A considerable amount of information can be obtained from the contractors themselves. Any reputable business will gladly give you this information. Some of the questions you should ask are:
– How long have you been trading?
– Do you have a portfolio of previous work?
– Can you tell me about some of the other projects you’ve completed?
– Do you have any accreditations?
– Is there a website where I can read independent reviews?
- Ask questions about the company’s practice
These are the finer points about the roofing project that may seem like “elephant in the room” questions. However, it’s important that they are asked if they aren’t covered in the initial quote. These are questions will help you decide which company you go with. They include:
– What is the project timescale from start to finish?
– Will you remove my old roof?
– What are your working days and hours?
– How will the work affect my everyday life?
– Do you clean up at the end of the project?
- Check the Insurance
Employers liability insurance for the company’s staff and vehicle insurance for the transport is the only insurance required by law. However, it shows how reputable the company is when they can prove they have insurance to cover most circumstances. Of course, no-one wants something to go wrong, leading to an insurance claim. Although it is a great comfort knowing that security net is there. It is very important to ask each company questions about their insurance. These can include:
– Does your work come with a guarantee? If so, for how long?
– Does the guarantee cover materials and workmanship?
– Check what cover is given if the company goes under within the guarantee.
– Do you have public liability insurance?
- Everything Else to Know
Some extra points you may wish to think about when considering a roofing contractor:
– What are the contingency plans if the project runs over time/budget?
– Who is responsible for obtaining what to comply with building regulations?
– Arrange and agree on payment terms prior to any work beginning.
– Never pay for the full project upfront, prior to work commencing.
– Most importantly, if something sounds too good to be true it most likely is.
At Cornwall Flat Roofing, we are more than happy to answer any questions you may have about your roofing needs and what we can do for you. Call us now on 01872 241910 and talk to one of our friendly and knowledgeable team who can answer any of your questions. Alternatively, use our contact page and we will get back to you as soon as pos