HOW TO HIRE A ROOFER

The process of hiring a roofer is one that requires a lot of evaluation. First, you have to choose the roofer with the best skills that includes:

  • A good attitude to health and safety at work.
  • The desire of seeing a job is excellently done and a happy customer who may become a frequent customer.
  • A good understanding of what is required in order to complete the repair as necessary.
  • Should have a vast knowledge of all of the roofing materials being worked with.
  • Be prepared to start early and finish late just to get the job done.
  • Willingness to work during the weekends if required to.
  • Should tolerate working outside in all weather.
  • To arrive at such a roofer one has to follow some guidelines. Below are some point that are worth following in this.

    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.

    If all is done accordingly then one will end up with a competent roofer that will do an exemplary job and do it within the stipulated timeline.