How to Choose a Reputable Roofing ContractorFebruary 24, 2014
We’ve all heard horror stories about people being taken for a ride by rogue traders and cowboy builders, resulting in substandard work and extortionate costs. Your roof is one of the most important structural parts of your home or business, so ensuring that you don’t suffer from shoddy work when having repairs or fitting done is crucial to its on-going health.
While not all disreputable contractors are necessarily trying to pull the wool over your eyes, some are merely under qualified or of too poor a standard to perform the task that you require of them. There are a number of ways in which you can try to identify contractors that are not right for you, drastically reducing the chances of you ending up on the wrong end of some dodgy work on your roof. Here are just a few…
When you need major renovation or repair work carried out on your roof, it can be tempting to call on the first contractor you come across in order to get things in motion as soon as possible. However, if you can, try to get surveys and quotes from at least three different companies. This will not only give you an idea as to the range of costs you might be looking at, it will also give you the chance to test the credentials of each contractor.
Don’t always opt for the cheapest quote, as there could be underhand reasons as to why the price is so low. For example, materials could be substandard, or there could be a host of hidden extras. Base your decision on further research into each contractor, and always get the quote in writing when you make your choice.
This is where the reputable traders are separated from the cowboys. Do some digging around about each of your contractors, checking out any available reviews of their services online and requesting testimonials.
All trustworthy contractors will be insured and most decent ones offer a guarantee for all work carried out. Guarantees taken out with companies that are members of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors will be covered in the event of said company going out of business before the end of the guarantee period.
A number of industry bodies exist to help you if you’re unsure as to the authenticity of your roofer’s credentials, such as Checkatrade or CompetentRoofer – a government-authorised organisation set up specifically for the certification of roofing contractors. These directories are not the authoritative last word on all contractors, but an inclusion in either will be more than help to boost credentials
Things to look out for
If you are cold called by a contractor who claims to have spotted a problem with your roof from the street, alarm bells should start ringing. Similarly, if they cannot provide identification or a landline number or address for a head office, apply a healthy amount of scepticism.
Requests for cash payments, particularly if upfront, are an immediate indicator of a disreputable roofer, while discounts offered for cheaper or knockoff materials should be treated with extreme suspicion.
Protech Roofing provide first rate roofing services to customers across Leeds, Sheffield and beyond. We specialise in commercial and industrial roofing, and are fully approved Sarnafil contractors. Protech are also members of Checkatrade and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors, so you can rely on us to deliver high quality results every time. For more information about commercial roofing Sheffield and beyond, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Protech Roofing today.
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