How to choose a professional roofing contractor
Choosing the ideal roofing contractor is not a decision to be taken lightly. There are multiple things to consider, including online reviews, family recommendations, accreditations and coverage, and the company’s years of experience.
How damaging can it be to choose the wrong roofing contractor?
Very, is the answer. There are many companies on the market who deliver inadequate works that could leave you footing the bill to correct the damage caused – cowboy builders come in all shapes and sizes, with some either undercharging or overcharging. To avoid this issue, make sure you do these 8 things to select your roofing contractor.
8 tips for choosing the right roofing contractor
1) Consult with family and friends
Before you launch an online search, it’s always worth checking in with family and friends to see if they have any recommendations. It can be insightful to chat to another person about their experiences with a particular roofing company – you can count on honesty and a first-hand account from them, which can be invaluable in your quest to find the perfect roofer.
2) Check online reviews
It may not always be possible to get a recommendation from somebody you know. Luckily, that’s why online reviews are a godsend. Search for the company on reviews.co.uk, or a similar site, and see what real-life customers have to say. Here you will be able to view both the good and the bad reviews, and discover the company’s star rating. Some companies, such as TCK Roofing, have 5 stars across the board.
3) Investigate the cost yourself
There’s nothing wrong with doing a little research into the works you need completing and their associated costs. Creating your own rough estimate from research will be a good way to tell if the quote from your contractor is wildly out of range or unfair – this way, you will be able to ask questions with more confidence.
4) Find out their years of experience
Everyone has to start somewhere. However, choosing a contractor with experience is always a wise move. A company with a solid foundation of experience can give you that little bit extra reassurance that they are well-versed in their industry and have come across a wide scope of problems – and can offer the correct solutions.
5) Get covered
Roofs are a big investment and an important aspect of the safety, quality and value of your home. It is therefore essential that you choose a company that offers full coverage and warranties to guarantee a long-lasting result that has insurance coverage, liability coverage and a decent warranty. This way you can be sure of the quality of the workmanship, and also been well informed of how long they will cover any repairs or upkeep on warranty.
6) Accreditations are vital
Being sure of the reputation and skill of your roofing contractor can be achieved through checking they have desired accreditations. Common ones for trustworthy roofing contractors include Trust Mark, Competent Roofer, Velux Certified Installer, Sovereign Approved Contractors, NFB (National Federation of Builders), Redland Select Member. Here at TCK Roofing, we are accredited by all these groups – highlighting our commitment to industry standards and quality.
7) Get everything in writing
It is always wise to request everything in writing for your records. Should anything go wrong or not according to plan, you have everything on paper to support your case.
8) Are they available in emergencies?
Having a reliable company to quickly respond to emergencies is vital for maintaining the health of your roof and ensuring problems don’t develop. It’s even more useful to make sure that the contractor who carried out your original works are able to do emergency visits too – this way, they are already familiar with your roof and will therefore be able to resolve the problem more quickly.
TCK Roofing are fully-accredited roofing contractors with 49 years’ experience and a commitment to customer satisfaction and high quality workmanship. We offer a full range of roofing services and associated building works, including an emergency callout service. Contact us for your free, no obligation quote – we serve a wide area that includes Watford, Greater London and Hertfordshire.