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. Also take time to check if the roofer you’ll be considering 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.
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 Roofer
After finding the right roofer for the job, talk to them about the following:
> unexpected extra charges
> penalties if completion fails to meet the deadline
> how to deal with long periods of extreme weather
> work schedule
> materials to be used, suppliers, and whether a guarantee will be provided;
> 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 upon, be sure to put everything on a written contract. No need to make it complicated. The idea is just to have a record of what both parties have agreed upon, with both your signatures. 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 too that any substantial work on your roof may only be performed by a certified contractor, or you will have to inform your local building control department about your project before starting it. Definitely, you should pick a roofer who has appropriate insurance, including public liability and working at heights. And considering that a new roof installation is a major project, you should get a guarantee.
Paying the Roofer
Finally, make sure the contract includes a schedule for 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. The final payment should be withheld until you are completely satisfied with the result.