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What should I consider when hiring a roofing contractor?

The typical British weather can deliver glorious sunshine one minute and heavy thunderstorms the next, meaning thorough household maintenance is essential to ensure your home remains in top working order. Regularly checking your roofing system is extremely important as this is one of the main areas of the property which can be damaged most by extreme weather conditions. While cleaning out your gutters, keep an eye-out for problems such as loose roof shingles and collections of shingle granules as these issues can quickly grow into bigger, more costly damages to fix.

Professional roof replacements

replacing a roof

Replacing the roof on your home can seem like a rather daunting, stressful task, which is why this article will serve to explain the factors which must be addressed for high quality results. Without addressing these considerations when planning the job, you are compromising the success of the project and ultimately putting your treasured home at risk of serious damage.

In an attempt to avoid paying extra costs for a professional to carry out the job for you, it may seem tempting to undertake this roof replacement project yourself. However, this can end up becoming a very expensive and time-consuming process in itself if you do not have the required knowledge about complex roofing systems or access to the necessary equipment to carry out the job.

Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you choose to hire a professional roofing contractor instead of attempting the project yourself, this will ensure the project is completed safely, efficiently and within budget. When searching for the perfect roofing contractor for the job, there are a few key points which need to be addressed to increase the chances of achieving a high quality installation of your new roofing system.

How do I pick an experienced roof contractor?

Firstly, it is extremely important to select an experienced contractor who is guaranteed to provide a faultless installation which keeps your family and personal possessions completely safe from the extreme outdoor elements. You must search for professionals with the correct contractor licensing and an excellent reputation within the roofing industry and previous clients.

  • Get everything in writing

Make sure to verify that the roofing contractor is legitimate by requesting their tax identification number, a business address, business website or email address, and contact phone number. Thoroughly read and understand the contract in its entirety and make sure you receive a copy of the signed contract at the time of signature.

  • Insurance coverage

Ask the roofing contractor to provide you with proof of insurance including liability coverage and workers compensations to protect yourself from potential lawsuits if the contractor is injured while working on site. Once you have established the contractor has sufficient insurance coverage, check that the insurance covers the entire time-span  of the roofing project taking place for total peace of mind.

  • Previous work

Request a list of references and past clients from the roofing contractor, who you can contact to find out if they were satisfied with the work completed on their roof.

  • Approved by roofing manufacturer

Certain types of roofing may require contractors to have specialist training, certification or licensing to ensure correct installation, so remember to ask the roofing contractor for proof which shows approval from the roofing manufacturer to work on the roofing system you have selected.

  • Itinerary

Request a contract or detailed itinerary in writing from the roofing contractor which will provide the exact information regarding the project, including:

  1. Length
  2. Start and end times
  3. Materials to be used
  4. Safety procedures
  5. Payment details
  6. Cleaning methods
  • Warranty

Thoroughly read the warranty information for the project in full and discuss any actions or expectations that may possibly void the warranty with the roofing contractor.

  • Costs

Research the fees provided by several roofing contractors before making the final hiring decision, bearing in mind that the lowest pricing offers may not provide the same value and quality of work as contractors with slightly higher pricing. Further to this, request details about payment procedures and ask if there will be an extra charge for the service of taking away the old roofing materials and/or project waste. From small aesthetic problems to emergency repairs, no matter what material or design your roofing is, it is likely to some kind of fault during its lifespan which only the expertise of a professional can rectify.

abbey roofing - roofing contractors

As one of the leading roofing companies serving the Hertfordshire area, here at Abbey Roofing we specialise in first class roof repairs, installation and replacements. Further to this, our expertise also extends to associated roofing systems, such as fascias and soffits, guttering and rainwater systems so we can cater to all your roofing requirements. We are dedicated to solving the issue efficiently and safely to minimise any damage to your home or commercial property. Simply give us a ring or contact us online today for friendly helpful advice – we are always happy to help with any enquiry.


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