How to Find a Contractor for a New Roof Installation
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 contractors undergo rigorous vetting before being accepted into the group and are subject to checks every number of years. 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.
Call no less than three contractors and ask each of them for a quote for a new roof installation. 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. A good roofer will never price even the most minor of projects unless they have taken a look beforehand.
Hiring a Roofer
After finding the right roofer for the job, talk to them about the following:
> unanticipated additional charges
> penalties for not finishing the work before deadline
> how to proceed under prolonged extreme weather;
> working hours and whether there will be work on weekends
> materials, suppliers and guarantees
> outsourced vs. In-house labor
> scaffolding use, disposal of trash and whether the overall cost includes them;
> available options if you don’t like how the project turns out
Whatever you agree on, make sure it’s written on a contract. it doesn’t have to be 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. Also note that significant roof work should be done by a certified contractor, or you will have to notify your local building control unit prior to any work. Definitely, the roofer you choose should have the right insurance, including public liability and working at heights. And as installing a new roof is a major project, be sure to ask for a guarantee.
Finally, check the contract and make sure it includes a schedule for payments. Do this before any work begins. Don’t be surprised if you’re asked for an instalment upfront – this is the normal practice, especially for big jobs. This will be used to source the roof and other materials. Don’t make the final payment unless you are totally satisfied with the work that they have done.