One of the biggest decisions you will ever make as a homeowner is getting a new roof. To make this possible, you will have to hire a reliable roofing contractor. But, with all the roofing contractors out there, how do you find the right one for your needs?
Below are some pointers you can follow on how to choose a good roofing company:
The last thing you want is to entrust the roof of your home to a weekend warrior or a storm-chaser. The worse that can happen is if you end up dealing with unscrupulous contractors who vanish into thin air when something goes wrong only to reopen somewhere else with a new name.
A good roofing company must have a solid track record of a minimum of 5 years. Experienced roofing contractors must be knowledgeable as well. They should be happy and ready to answer your queries with the willingness to educate you about the different roofing options suitable for your UK home, the benefits and costs of each product you can find in the market, and the specific roles of accessories such as gutters, flashing, underlayment, and decking.
It is especially important to work with an experienced roofing company if you plan to upgrade to metal roofing for your home. Standing seam and stone-coated steel metal roofs are durable and can increase your home’s value. However, specialized skills are required to install this and not all roofing companies will do so.
Online reviews and the good old word of mouth are the best ways to help you choose the most reliable service providers for anything from pet-sitting, to plumbing, and roofing. Looking into the reputation of a roofing contractor will make it easier for you to determine if the roofer is really as professional and reliable as they claim to be.
You also have to check if the roofer has a physical local office. A physical office can be a good indicator that the company is already established enough and not only a mere side gig for a person who owns a van and a few roofing supplies. Local contractors know best the specific needs of houses in your local area and can provide you some quality local references.
A responsible roofing company is also bonded and licensed. Never be afraid to ask the company for proof of insurance. Honest roofers will be more than happy to give you this information.
Quality roofers also have their own team members instead of sub-contracting the workout. Roofing companies that use third parties won’t be able to control the work quality and the practice could even void the warranties of the manufacturer on the shingles that were used for the job.
Roofing is not the kind of project that you can just entrust to anybody. Responsible roofers are honest. Like how you choose a mechanic to work on your car, it will also help to always trust your gut. Be sure to hire a roofing company with integrity and takes pride in their services.