Choosing a Contractor

Water may seem like a harmless substance but it represents a huge threat to you and your home. Keeping your home water tight is essential but regardless of how sturdy your roof or gutter system are, the time will come when you need to carry out some repair work. Problems with your gutters can generally be fixed by the proprietor but roofing is a different kettle of fish altogether. I would not undertake this task unless you are a fully qualified carpenter. Choosing a roofer and guttering professional can be difficult but if you know what to look for, you should be able to make an informed choice. There are many factors which you should take into account and neglecting just one of these could be a mistake.

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Licensing

Letting anyone, other than someone who is fully licensed on to your roof would be a huge mistake. Don’t just ask if they are licensed, ask to see the license and check that it is not expired. If you are unsure about which contractors are licensed, contact your local council and ask for licensed roofing contractors in your town.

Liability Insurance

You need to check that the contractor has the correct insurance cover in case there is any mishaps on the roof. It is always best to choose a contractor with good financial backing, so they can cover the cost of any problems that might occur. The last thing you will want to do is make the problem worse.

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References

Ask for as many references as you can get and written references are not enough. Ask to speak to the people they have done work for in the past and if possible ask to see their work. Even if your knowledge of roofing and gutter repair is not extensive, it is definitely worth seeing how they have tackled other jobs and how tidy they finished it.

Required Skills

Does the contractor have the necessary skills to work with your type of roofing. If you have a flat roof, there is no point using a contractor who deals primarily with pitched roofs. If you want to use them, ask them to give you proof that they have the necessary skills to complete the job.

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As you can see there are many aspect to deciding on the best roofer to carry out your repairs. If you adopt the attitude of only employing the contractor with the lowest prices, then you are just asking for problems. Although there may be some merit to this approach, usually the most inexpensive option will be inexpensive for a reason. Contractors with limited experience will always come in with a low quote just to get the work and gain the experience. Although there is nothing wrong with doing this, let them learn the job on someone else’s time and someone else’s roof.

 

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