How to Search for a New Installation Roofing Contractor
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. Also take time to verify whether or not the contractor you’ll likely hire 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 also have to be protected by the right insurance coverage (public, employers’ and third-party insurance), compliant with health and safety regulations, and committed to 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
After finding the right roofer for the job, talk to them about the following:
> unanticipated additional charges
> penalties if completion fails to meet the deadline
> how to deal with long periods of extreme weather
> work schedule on weekdays and weekends if necessary
> materials to be used, suppliers, and whether a guarantee will be provided;
> whether labor will be outsourced;
> trash disposal, the use of scaffolding and whether they are included in the quote
> available options if you don’t like how the project turns out
Whatever you agree upon, be sure to put everything on a written contract. There’s no need for anything 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 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 as installing a new roof is a major project, be sure to ask for a guarantee.
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. As for the final payment, never make it until you are happy with the results.