Few home repairs are more significant than those to your roof. The roof protects the home from the bad weather and ensures that it is wind and watertight. At the same time, it is essential for funneling rainwater away from the walls of the home, preventing damp and ensuring longevity in the construction.
The best option for homeowners looking at a repair is to choose a roofing company, rather than an individual, to complete these works. While either a company or an individual tradesman could do the job, many homeowners feel their roof is too important to be left up to chance. In this respect, many choose to employ the services of roofing firms, so there is greater accountability for the work and its aftercare.
Roofing firms provide repair and maintenance services to homeowners. Unlike an individual, firms often have a phone number, an office and an identity that makes them traceable. There are too many horror stories of tradesman taking large sums of money for work upfront and then disappearing. With something as important as your roof, this risk isn’t worth taking.
Even deciding to choose a roofing company isn’t enough to ensure you will get the right deal. You still need to make sure the company has the expertise to deliver the services you need. One of the easiest ways in which this is done is through checking accreditations and memberships. Any good construction company will have memberships to several different bodies, which often requires a certain level of professional competence, experience or qualification as a threshold for accreditation.
Recommendations or reviews from people you know are a massive help. The same can be said to a lesser extent of online reviews and ratings, which can help you gain a better impression of what one company’s services might be like. Unless you have reviews pointing you in a positive or negative direction about a particular provider, there is no way of knowing whether you should work with them. Actively ask for reviews – neighbors might also be a good source of information.
When you reach the stage of making contact with different companies, you should start by asking for several different quotes for the job. Prices can vary wildly from person to person, company to company, so you need to get an average to work out what you should be paying.
Once you’ve received your quotes, the next phase should be to meet with the people responsible, so you can get a better feel for how they present and their expertise. This is the point in the process where you can stare the tradesmen right in the eye and is often illuminating as to the likelihood you’ll get a good quality job.