Choosing A Roofing Contractor

The first thing to consider when forming your shortlist of contractors is location. Ideally, you should aim to hire a local company, which helps to eliminate the possibility missed appointments, late arrivals and rushed jobs from the off metal roofing near me. Use Google or another search engine to find roofers that often work in your area. Not only will this ensure you hire a local firm, but they should also be willing to provide you with previous work references for your viewing.

Before contacting a roofing contractor, look out for a few pointers that indicate how established the firm is. Unfortunately, if you are looking for the cheapest fix, you will likely get a very temporary, and relatively over-priced job. Some initial things to look out for are: years in business, insurance, previous work photographs and presence (online and in print). Another key point to consider, is whether the roofing contractor has their own staff, regular subcontractors or if they subcontract in mass. The latter would not be ideal as the actual workmen could be of a lower quality or be smaller roofing businesses in themselves. The balance between local well established small businesses and massive businesses is key. The large businesses are very likely to subcontract in mass.

It will always be necessary for a roofer to arrange a viewing appointment, and any rough quotes given over the phone should be disregarded. For this reason, you will not need a researched knowledge of your roofing problem (unless you are thinking of re-roofing, when having a rough idea of your desired covering is helpful). Most roofers are willing to make appointments for early mornings before you set off to work, or Saturdays in some cases.

It is most common in the roofing industry to work on estimates rather than quotes. This is mainly due to the hidden problems that may lie beneath a flat roof, or underneath your roof covering. Add-ons are uncommon, and usually relatively inexpensive. Be aware of the following known cons:

Contracts are not usually necessary for domestic roofing, but if you would feel happier, then by all means ask for a contract of works. For larger jobs, or jobs that require stage payments, asking for a contract is more than acceptable. You should both have a copy of the contract and both copies should be signed by both parties. If the contract refers to ‘as per quote’ or similar wording, you should attach a signed copy of the quotation to the contract. For most domestic roofing jobs, the quote or estimate is fine to work off of.

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