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 go through rigorous vetting before they are taken into the group and are subject to checks from time to time. They are also required to hold the right public, employers’ and third party insurance, comply with health and safety guidelines, and operate along 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’ll probably ask to come and take a look at your property before anything; otherwise, be suspicious. Good roofers never price even the most minor projects, like tile replacement or gutter cleaning, without taking a prior look.
Hiring a Roofing Expert
As soon as you’ve found someone you think is the best roofer for your project, discuss the following with them before proceeding:
> unforeseen additional charges
> penalties if completion fails to meet the deadline
> how to proceed under prolonged extreme weather;
> work schedule on weekdays and weekends if necessary
> materials, suppliers and guarantees
> outsourced vs. In-house labor
> scaffolding use and trash disposal, and whether they are part of the total cost
> options available if you’re not happy with the result
Whatever you agree on, make sure it’s written on a contract. it doesn’t have to be 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 because a new roof installation is a major job, you should ask for a guarantee.
Lastly, be sure that the contract includes the schedule of 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. They need the money to source the materials in the first place. The final payment should be withheld until you are completely satisfied with the result.