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. Thus, for any problems that call for repair of renovation, you you should only trust a professional tradesman who can assure you of high quality but affordable roofing work.
Here are tips that can help you find the right roofer for your needs:
Look at the problem yourself first.
Cowboy tradesmen usually exaggerate the extent of the problem, and thus, the money you need to spend to fix it. So before you hire a roofer, at least try to get a good understanding of the issue yourself. For example, there’s only a small portion of your roof that has begun to leak, you probably won’t need a complete re-roof.
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. The roofer hire should be licensed and insured, and have relevant accreditations. Certainly, they should have a physical address and a landline too. If they can just provide a mobile number, that could be a red flag. What reputable roofer would only provide a mobile number?
It’s silly to hire a roofer whose only experience is thatched roof renovations, if what you need is slate roof repair. 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. Asking for references and actually talking to them is also a good way to know more about the contractor. If the roofer doesn’t seem willing to provide references or pictures of their past work, be alarmed. But you probably don’t want to bother knowing about those secrets. Just move on to your next prospect.
Ask for a written quote.
Before you start any work, you should have a detailed and 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, with a written estimate, comparing different roofers will also become much easier. And certainly, comparisons are necessary because they provide solid basis for you to conclude that a certain roofer is indeed the best for you.