When you need a new roof there’s lots of things to consider. It is a huge investment in protecting your home from the elements, and as it supposed to last a long time it should be something you don’t need to decide on often. Apart from repairs, a roof should really be doing its job with little maintenance and hassle.
If you are thinking of getting a new roof, there are several options to consider, from materials to fascias, soffits, drainage and gutters. To the general homeowner where a roof only becomes a problem when there’s something wrong with it. If you are getting the roof str
So what you really need is someone who is going to be open and honest, someone who is going to give you a breakdown of what exactly you need to do. Finding a roofing contractor who will do this is the hard part! This post aims to give you the main things to consider when hiring a roofing contractor.
Don’t think price is the most important part of your decision
Everyone is terrified of getting ripped off these days. However, it’s really all about knowing how to get the best bang for your buck. Some roofers will charge a massive amount for not a lot of work, relying on their reputation in you hiring their firm, and justifying the cost with happy previous customers.
Others will charge not a lot, but their inexperience will speak volumes. You could also however be getting a good deal. A cheaper quote might also mean you have to get more work done down the line.
Your best bet is to get a lot of quotes in writing and look at them all objectively. Analyse what work they are doing, what materials they are using, and how long it will take. You should also take into account your gut feeling, especially when discussing the quote face to face with your potential roofing contractor.
Once you have decided on who to hire, they are entitled to ask you for a deposit so they can purchase materials, however never pay for the whole job before it’s finished. You remove the sole motivation for the roofer to complete the work and you may be left with an unfinished project.
While the work is being undertaken
One thing that people forget is to think about when the work will take place. Do you want to be around to oversee the project? Do you work nights, and have to suffer sleepless days of hammering and banging? If you’re having a total re-roof have you somewhere to stay while the work is complete? Minimising the amount of hassle roofing work will have on your routine is paramount in a job going smoothly.
It is a good idea to find out when the roofers would like to work – will they be early risers, on the roof before you’re out of bed? Or still up there while you’re sitting down to your evening meal? Do they work short hours? If this is the case the job would take twice as long as roofers who work a full day.
Many roofers don’t work when it is raining due to bad weather – it can get very slippery up there and removing slates and other roofing materials during a downpour will probably result in leaks. Have a look at the weather forecast. It might be a bad idea to schedule in roofing work at the beginning of monsoon season.
Once the roofing work is complete, will they be tidying up? Check the small print. Many contractors will include removal of debris in their quotation, however it’s definitely worth checking unless you want your old roof dumped in your back garden!
Warranty and Guarantee information
Always, always check the warranty and guarantee. Without it, you may find you are out of pocket if there are any issues with the work, even having to pay another company to come in and fix the problem. If a warranty is offered ensure that the guarantee also applies should the company go out of business.
You also need to know if the warranty covers both the materials used and the workmanship. Even the most reputable firms can go out of business due to financial reasons, retirement or ill health.
You need to consider both cost and quality when looking to hire a roofing contractor. If you are looking for roofers in Preston, we would recommend Total Roofing Solutions.