How to Find a Contractor for a New Roof Installation
Finding a good contractor for a new roof installation can start with seeking referrals from friends, relatives and especially neighbors, with whom you likely share the same roof style preference. You should also check whether the roofer you’ll be considering is a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. NCRA contractors are vetted rigorously before acceptance into the group and are also subject to regular checks. 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 should want to come and inspect your property personally before anything else, and if they don’t, watch out. A good roofer will never price even the most minor of projects unless they have taken a look beforehand.
Hiring a Roofing Contractor
As soon as you’ve found someone you think is the best roofer for your project, discuss the following with them before proceeding:
> unanticipated additional charges
> penalties for late project completion
> how to deal with long periods of extreme weather
> working hours and whether there will be work on weekends
> 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 on, make sure it’s written on a contract. No need to make it 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 as installing a new roof is a major project, be sure to ask for a guarantee.
Finally, check the contract and make sure it includes a schedule for payments. This has to be done before work is begun. Expect them to ask you for an upfront instalment, which is perfectly normal for big projects such as a new roof installation. After all, they need cash to source the materials. Don’t make the final payment unless you are totally satisfied with the work that they have done.