1. Knowing what to avoid
You should avoid roofers that cannot be traced on the internet in some form. You should also avoid contractors that do not provide a home/office address that can be verified through some form of advertising (net/ flyer/ signage/ ltd company check). In this age, most reputable
Our biggest fears in hiring a contractor are being overcharged, and hiring a poor workforce. You can avoid these issues by following the remaining points below:
2. Stay Local
Needless to say,
The next step is to form a shortlist of three contractors that meet the above criteria. Speaking from within the
4. Basic Research
Many of us will not bother with this step, but it really could help in saving you a lot of money. Roofing is a competitive business and whilst many roofers are honest, the stereotype does sometimes rise to the surface. This meaning that some roofers may encourage you to fund repairs that aren’t necessarily urgent or related to your problem. A common example is encouraging a new roof, when a repair is perfectly adequate. With a little research into your problem area on the net, you can find out some core information that may help in combating persuasive contractors. Obtaining multiple quotes is also a good way of avoiding a rip-off roofer…
5. Obtain 3 quotes
Unless you are confident/happy with the first quote you receive (which is perfectly normal), you should obtain 3 quotes from local contractors. This is especially important in complete re-roofing due to the more costly prices involved. Many would stomach a £50 difference, but if you are talking thousands, it is worth shopping around. We have quoted and won jobs that have been quoted triple the price by other contractors.
6. If its too good to be true, it isn’t true
Avoid estimates that are lower than the next by a vast margin. These contractors will either have a low standard of work, or be using the cheapest possible materials on your home. We have a healthy stream of work in correcting poor work from others. Avoid ultra low estimates.
7. Quotes, Not Estimates
Obtain quotes that detail the total cost, regardless of any mishaps. Some roofers bid low to win the job and make the money back on extras. Be aware of this.
8. Other good signs of quality contractors
– Trade memberships (such as GMC, CORC or NFRC)
– LTD companies with good years of establishment
– NVQ trained or training workforce
– Good web / local presence
– Uniform and sign-written vehicles
– Pride in making previous work photographs public
– GUARANTEED WORK
– Ability to provide drive-by references
– VAT registration