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 verify whether or not the contractor you’ll likely hire 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 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.

Obtaining Quotes

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

Once you think you’ve found the right roofer for your job, discuss with them the following:

> unforeseen additional charges
> penalties for not finishing the work before deadline

> 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

> 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 on, make sure it’s written on a contract. There’s no need for anything complicated. You just want to have a decent record of the agreement, with your and their signatures of course. 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. Certainly, the roofer should be appropriately insured, including coverage for public liability and working at heights. And because a new roof installation is a major job, you should ask for a guarantee.

Paying the Roofer

Finally, make sure the contract includes a schedule for payments. You have to do this prior to any work. It’s common practice to pay an instalment upfront, especially for a new roof installation. They need the money to source the materials in the first place. As for the final payment, never make it until you are happy with the results.

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