When winter approaches its time to ensure your roof is in tip-top condition to withstand the cold and wet months ahead. Below are some tips on what to look for when choosing to roofer to undertake work on your home, or to even just give your roof a health check:
Use recommendations from family, friends, neighbors or a reputable trade association.
Choose up to 3 firms to receive quotes/inspections from. (If possible see who will give a free roof inspection – like this roofing company).
When receiving quotes from the chosen 3 contractors, don’t automatically choose the cheapest option. Instead your choice should be founded upon the value of the advice provided by and your confidence in the roofing firm.
Always ensure your chosen contractor provides a guarantee on their work. You should also make sure that they are fully insured as any firm can go out of business making their guarantees meaningless. This will also ensure you are covered if any damage is occurred to your property.
Ensure that the quote is given to you in writing, and that they insist this price won’t change (except for exceptional circumstances and possibly for emergency repairs).
Be wary of companies who ask for money upfront or offer cash (VAT-free) payment terms, as these are not easily tracked down if things go wrong.
Finally, remember that it is your responsibility as the property owner to ensure any required planning permission is in place. If you are ensure what you need then you can ask your potential contractors in the vetting phase – this will help you to see who’s advice it most-helpful.