HOW TO CHOOSE A ROOFER

Choosing a good roofer is a tedious process since it is all about getting a roofing contractor that possess excellent roofing practices and one that understands roof alternating details, handling of problem spots on roofs and alternative roof covering products like low slope roofing shingle types, grades, colors and flat roofing materials.

Importance of choosing a good Roofer

i)In order to protect your home and ensure that you and your family are safe it is essential to find a great roofer.

ii)A great roofer will ensure that your roof is repaired or replaced properly, so that you do not have to deal with leaking roofs or damp walls.

iii)Moreover, a fabulous roofer will ensure that the new roof enhances the curb appeal of your home.

iv)Since replacing the roof can be both time consuming and expensive, you need to find a great roofer who will stick to the time schedule and cost estimate.

Please also consider the following points when choosing a roofer:

1)Select up to three contractors to look at the job. If possible, obtain recommendations from family, friends, neighbors or a reputable trade association.

2)Ask each of them to give advice on which materials they would suggest using.

3)Invite quotes from each contractor but do not automatically take the cheapest option. Base your choice on the quality of the advice given and your confidence in the contractor. Also, if in doubt, consult your local NFRC Regional Manager.

4)Ask for a guarantee on new or refurbishment work. NFRC offers guarantee schemes which back up, but are independent of, the contractor’s own guarantee. Remember that even the best contractors can go out of business whereupon their own guarantees become worthless, so make sure you will be covered.

5)Ensure that the quote or estimate selected is given to you in writing – except possibly for small emergency repairs.

6)Bear in mind that ‘estimates’ for refurbishment work can change once the chosen contractor has removed the main covering (e.g. tiles/ slates) to expose the sub-structure underneath.

7)Agree payment terms before the work commences. Be careful on upfront payments ensure you know what you are getting for any upfront payment. It may be difficult to get monies back. Contractors offering cash / VAT-free deals are not easily tracked down if things go wrong.

8)Don’t expect to obtain free advice from contractors, unless you have a real intention to assign the contract to them.

9)Remember that a property owner is responsible for any planning permission that may be required on that property.

10)Please be aware that when carrying out refurbishment work to 50% or more of a roof's area that either a Competent Roofer (a Competent Person Scheme for roofing) must be employed or your Local Authority Building Control must be contacted prior to work starting. This is in order to confirm that the roof should be upgraded to meet thermal requirements of Part L of the current Building Regulations.