How to Search for a New Installation Roofing Contractor
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 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.
Contact at least three contractors and ask each of them to give you a new roof installation quote. This should provide room for smart comparisons. They will likely want to come and assess your property before anything else, and if they don’t, be wary. Good roofers never price even the most minor projects, like tile replacement or gutter cleaning, without taking a prior look.
Hiring a Roofing Contractor
After finding the right roofer for the job, talk to them about the following:
> unforeseen additional charges
> penalties if completion fails to meet the deadline
> how to proceed under prolonged extreme weather;
> working hours and whether there will be work on weekends
> materials to be used, suppliers, and whether a guarantee will be provided;
> whether labor will be outsourced;
> scaffolding use, disposal of trash and whether the overall cost includes them;
> available options in case you’re not satisfied with the result
Whatever you agree upon, be sure to put everything on a written contract. There’s no need for anything complicated. You just need a formal record of your agreement, of course with signatures for both parties. 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. Definitely, the roofer you choose should have the right insurance, including public liability and working at heights. And considering that a new roof installation is a major project, you should get a guarantee.
Lastly, be sure that the contract includes the schedule of payments. This has to be done before work is begun. It’s common practice to pay an instalment upfront, especially for a new roof installation. This will be used to source the roof and other materials. As for the final payment, never make it until you are happy with the results.