I NEED A ROOFER

If you need a roofer it goes without saying that something isn’t right with your roof and a home without a roof doesn’t qualify to be termed as a shelter.

A roofer is a professional in roof construction (constructs or repairs roofs). Roofers are responsible for the entire process of roofing in residential as well as commercial construction since they analyze the construction plans, make sure that the roofing is done in strict accordance with the design, and determine the materials, substrates and supportive accessories to be used for roof setting up. There are four main types of Roofers:

a)Shinglers— they mainly install shingles, shakes, tiles, and other nail-on products on roofs with 5:12 pitches or above.

b)Metal Roofers— these focuses on metal panels.

c)Single-Ply or Flat Roofers— deals with roofs such as Single-ply or foam roofs.

d)Hot Roofers—these do their work using Tar-based products.

These four groups of roofers are mainly integrated into one group which is then given a roofing job. This way the group can handle any kind of roof design required.

If you truly require any of the specified task performed the here is what you need to do to get 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)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.

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

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

9)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.