How to Search for a New Installation Roofing Contractor
The search for a good roofer can begin with seeking recommendations from people around you, especially neighbors, whose own roofs are probably of the same style as what you want. You should also check whether the roofer you’ll be considering is a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. NCRA contractors undergo rigorous vetting before being accepted into the group and are subject to checks every number of years. They should also be compliant with health and safety legislation, insured with public, employers’ and third-party coverage, and devoted to the NCRA code of practice and U.S. standards.
Call no less than three contractors and ask each of them for a quote for a new roof installation. This will give you the opportunity to compare pricing. They will likely want to come and assess your property before anything else, and if they don’t, be wary. Reputable roofers never price even the smallest of jobs, such as replacing missing tiles or cleaning gutters, without first taking a look.
Hiring a Roofing Contractor
Once you think you’ve found the right roofer for your job, discuss with them the following:
> unexpected extra charges
> penalties for not finishing the work before deadline
> how to proceed under prolonged extreme weather;
> work schedule on weekdays and weekends if necessary
> materials to be used, suppliers, and whether a guarantee will be provided;
> labour sourcing
> trash disposal, the use of scaffolding and whether they are included in the quote
> available options in case you’re not satisfied with the result
Whatever you agree on, make sure it’s written on a contract. No need to make it complicated. The idea is just to have a record of what both parties have agreed upon, with both your signatures. As the customer, check if you’ll need planning permission, though your roofer can easily advise you regarding that. Also note that significant roof work should be done by a certified contractor, or you will have to notify your local building control unit prior to any work. Certainly, the roofer should be appropriately insured, including coverage for public liability and working at heights. And as installing a new roof is a major project, be sure to ask for a guarantee.
Paying the Roofer
Lastly, be sure that the contract includes the schedule of payments. Do this before any work begins. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an instalment upfront – this is the normal practice, especially for big jobs. After all, they need cash to source the materials. Don’t make the final payment unless you are totally satisfied with the work that they have done.