Businesses Tips for The Average Joe
How to Find a Contractor for a New Roof Installation
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. Also take time to verify whether or not the contractor you’ll likely hire 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.
Asking for Quotes
Call no less than three contractors and ask each of them for a quote for a new roof installation. This should provide room for smart comparisons. They should want to come and inspect your property personally before anything else, and if they don’t, watch out. A good roofer will never price even the most minor of projects unless they have taken a look beforehand.
Hiring a Roofing Expert
Once you think you’ve found the right roofer for your job, discuss with them the following:
> unexpected extra charges
> penalties if completion fails to meet the deadline
> how to deal with long periods of extreme weather
> working hours and whether there will be work on weekends
> materials to be used, suppliers, and whether a guarantee will be provided;
> outsourced vs. In-house labor
> 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. There’s no need for anything complicated. You just need a formal record of your agreement, of course with signatures for both parties. Being the customer, you should find out whether you need to obtain planning permission, though the roofer should be able to advise you on that. Note as well that any considerable roof work may only be done by a certified contractor, or your local building control department will have to be notified before work begins. 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
Finally, check the contract and make sure it includes a schedule for payments. You have to do this prior to any work. It’s common practice to pay an instalment upfront, especially for a new roof installation. After all, they need cash to source the materials. The final payment should be withheld until you are completely satisfied with the result.