Choosing your Contractor

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You may find it daunting choosing your contractor to undertake the works to your roof. Some people will use there window cleaner, mate from pub or who-ever. This is sometimes based on the asumption that this will save them money, normally this is where it goes wrong. The truth is you may be surprised by the price quoted by your local roofing contractor, who after all has years and years of skills to offer plus full backup.

We also undertake drone roof inspections to avoid scaffold costs etc for hard to reach or high buildings.

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Roofing Estimate
Calling contractors and asking for estimates is the easy part, now you need to compare the estimates you received. Always ask for a detailed estimate in writing . It is impossible to make an informed decision if you are not given all of the information. Before you begin your review of the written estimates, call the contractor references of past customers and have your notes from the ensuing conversation handy as you review each estimate.

Although the bottom line is important, never compare estimates only by the overall cost . As you review your estimate, here are some of the questions you should be asking yourself:

Review Your Roofing Estimate
Materials: Price versus Quality

Look carefully at the type of material quoted and it's price. If the estimate does not contain a detailed breakdown of materials and labor, call the contractor and ask for this information. To bring in the lowest bid, your contractor may have priced your project using a lower quality roofing product which could impact the lifespan of your roof. It is always necessary to weigh the benefits of quality versus price when you are reading estimates. It may be worthwhile in the long run to pay extra now and save hassle a few years down the road.

Also pay close attention to the type of insulation and sealants that are budgeted for your project. Although the cost differential is not high between a thinner insulation product and one with more layers, the quality of the product will directly affect your costs after the roof is installed. If you use a thicker insulation, the amount of heat or cold that seeps into your home will be significantly lessened, thus lowering the amount you will be paying for air conditioning or heat.

Although it is not recommended that you climb up on your roof to measure and determine the amount of material needed, look closely at the estimate from your contractor to make sure they bidding the correct amount of material. If the contractor has never measured your roof, but offers a decisive amount of materials to be used, ask him to justify his number. Be sure that you are paying for the amount of material you need , and not material that will never be used, or not enough material to complete the job thus running up significant unexpected costs.

Labor and Incidental costs

If the amount budgeted for labor and "pass-through" costs such as the transportation of materials seems high, dig deeper and determine where the cost comes from. A good contractor will often charge a bit more for labor because he has the extra cost of providing training and salary to quality workmen, but be careful because oftentimes higher cost will equal a higher profit margin for the contractor and not better quality for you.

Customer References

Weigh the responses you receive from the customer references carefully, these are the people who were so pleased with the contractor they were happy to have their name given as a reference. Have your list of questions handy when you interview a reference, and take notes of their answers.

Conclusion

Take detailed notes as you review each estimate, listing your questions and summarizing the overall bid and response from the customer references for each contractor. Once you finish a detailed review of each estimate, take your notes and compare the estimates . Only then will you be able to get a true comparison of what is being offered.

What to Ask a Roofing Contractor
Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor
Here is a list of questions you might ask during the interview with each contractor to help you decide who to ask for a written estimate:

What is the full name and address of the roofing company?
Are you as a company fully insured, including the use of heat (Flat Roofs), and ask to see a copy of the policy .DO NOT JUST TAKE A VERBAL YES AS CONFIRMATION,if they are not insured it could be the biggest mistake you ever made.

Try to hire a roofing contractor that has an office nearby. The likelihood of quicker service is greater if the roofing company is based near your home.
Can you provide a list of former customers as references?
Contacting others who have worked with the contractor in the past is a good way to determine his reliability and to get an idea of what the roofing experience would be like with this contractor taking care of the job. However, realize that the roofer can legitimately refuse to give a long list--many customers may not want their names released. Here is a list of questions to ask a contractor's customer reference .
What is your track record with customer complaints?
Is payment upon completion? Is there a deposit before the project begins, how much is the deposit?
Will you furnish me with a written contract including explicit payment instructions and total price?
Will you furnish me with a guarantee?
How long has your roofing company been in business?
Needless to say, longer is usually better than shorter. Less than three years may signal an unstable business. On the other hand, everybody has to start sometime. References will be helpful to double-check any business, and are especially important when dealing with a new business. A newer business may have a great future, but it is only reasonable to be more careful when considering its referrals.
In the event that your equipment damages my property, who is liable?
It is a good idea to have your contractor provide both Certificates of Insurance for both liability and Worker's Compensation before work begins on your home.
Will there be sub-contractors? If so, what are their names and license numbers?
Is there any pending legal action against your company?
As with any construction project, be sure you request and receive a written proposal. Examine it carefully to make sure you it is both complete and fair. There are a few things you must be sure to avoid:
Do not pay in full unless the work has been completed.
Do not pay in full without a final inspection.
Never settle for an oral agreement with your contractor for any of the work needed. All points should be clearly documented in writing.
If questions come up after the contracts have been signed, talk to the contractor who signed the contract, as he will be the one with the authority to make any final decision.

I would like to advise you that I hold a full public liability insurance policy, which includes the use of heat. This is not held by all flat roofers regarding heat, but is a requirement under law. Therefore you would be fully covered in the event of any accident. I would strongly advise that you ask any contractor to provide there policy before any works were agreed to, as your own household insurance would not cover you for damage by that contractor. This could leave you in finacial ruin.

 

You may find it daunting choosing your contractor to undertake the works to your roof. Some people will use there window cleaner, mate from pub or who-ever. This is sometimes based on the asumption that this will save them money, normally this is where it goes wrong. The truth is you may be surprised by the price quoted by your local roofing contractor, who after all has years and years ofskills to offer plus full backup.

OFFICE 01373-825573 MOBILE 07836-692-394



Roofing Estimate
Calling contractors and asking for estimates is the easy part, now you need to compare the estimates you received. Always ask for a detailed estimate in writing . It is impossible to make an informed decision if you are not given all of the information. Before you begin your review of the written estimates, call the contractor references of past customers and have your notes from the ensuing conversation handy as you review each estimate.

Although the bottom line is important, never compare estimates only by the overall cost . As you review your estimate, here are some of the questions you should be asking yourself:

Review Your Roofing Estimate
Materials: Price versus Quality

Look carefully at the type of material quoted and it's price. If the estimate does not contain a detailed breakdown of materials and labor, call the contractor and ask for this information. To bring in the lowest bid, your contractor may have priced your project using a lower quality roofing product which could impact the lifespan of your roof. It is always necessary to weigh the benefits of quality versus price when you are reading estimates. It may be worthwhile in the long run to pay extra now and save hassle a few years down the road.

Also pay close attention to the type of insulation and sealants that are budgeted for your project. Although the cost differential is not high between a thinner insulation product and one with more layers, the quality of the product will directly affect your costs after the roof is installed. If you use a thicker insulation, the amount of heat or cold that seeps into your home will be significantly lessened, thus lowering the amount you will be paying for air conditioning or heat.

Although it is not recommended that you climb up on your roof to measure and determine the amount of material needed, look closely at the estimate from your contractor to make sure they bidding the correct amount of material. If the contractor has never measured your roof, but offers a decisive amount of materials to be used, ask him to justify his number. Be sure that you are paying for the amount of material you need , and not material that will never be used, or not enough material to complete the job thus running up significant unexpected costs.

Labor and Incidental costs

If the amount budgeted for labor and "pass-through" costs such as the transportation of materials seems high, dig deeper and determine where the cost comes from. A good contractor will often charge a bit more for labor because he has the extra cost of providing training and salary to quality workmen, but be careful because oftentimes higher cost will equal a higher profit margin for the contractor and not better quality for you.

Customer References

Weigh the responses you receive from the customer references carefully, these are the people who were so pleased with the contractor they were happy to have their name given as a reference. Have your list of questions handy when you interview a reference, and take notes of their answers.

Conclusion

Take detailed notes as you review each estimate, listing your questions and summarizing the overall bid and response from the customer references for each contractor. Once you finish a detailed review of each estimate, take your notes and compare the estimates . Only then will you be able to get a true comparison of what is being offered.


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