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 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.
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 should want to come and inspect your property personally before anything else, and if they don’t, watch out. 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 late project completion
> dealing with extended periods of adverse weather
> work schedule
> materials, who supplies them and any guarantees
> labour sourcing
> 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 upon, be sure to put everything on a written 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. 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. Do this before any work begins. Expect them to ask you for an upfront instalment, which is perfectly normal for big projects such as 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.