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How to Find a Reputable New Installation Roofer

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. You should also check whether the roofer you’ll be considering is a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. NCRA contractors undergo rigorous vetting before being accepted into the group and are subject to checks every number of years. 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.

Obtaining Quotes

Call no less than three contractors and ask each of them for a quote for a new roof installation. This should give you room for comparisons. They should want to come and inspect your property personally before anything else, and if they don’t, watch out. Reputable roofers never price even the smallest of jobs, such as replacing missing tiles or cleaning gutters, without first taking a look.

Hiring a Roofing Expert

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

> unforeseen additional charges
> penalties if completion fails to meet the deadline

> how to proceed under prolonged extreme weather;

> work schedule on weekdays and weekends if necessary

> materials to be used, suppliers, and whether a guarantee will be provided;

> labour sourcing
> scaffolding use and trash disposal, and whether they are part of the total cost

> available options in case you’re not satisfied with the result

Whatever agreement you come to, make it a point to have a written contract. There’s no need for anything complicated. The idea is just to have a record of what both parties have agreed upon, with both your signatures. 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 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. Certainly, the roofer should be appropriately insured, including coverage for public liability and working at heights. And considering that a new roof installation is a major project, you should get a guarantee.

Payment

Finally, check the contract and make sure it 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. 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.

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