Top tips to consider before hiring a roofing contractor
Have you ever been in the position where you know you need to tend to the roof of your home, but you have no idea where to start? You are not alone. Many Australians face a similar predicament and need to rely on the expertise of an expert. The thing is, if you have no idea what to look out for in a roofing expert, how do you know you are making the right choice? Experts in Roof restoration services in Melbourne would like to give you the following tips to give you confidence in your decision when hiring your roofing contractor.
Ensure that you hire a roofing contractor that can assist you with all building/council regulations and approvals.
You need to check any changes to your property with your local council and ensure that you receive approval prior to the commencement of your building project. For example, the Logan city council in Queensland requires roofers that are re-roofing with dissimilar materials (such as replacing corrugated iron roofing with tiles) will require building approvals from the council. You can view an example factsheet here, but it is essential that you check with your own local council. Failure to receive approval may result in severe consequences by ordering the removal of the building work that was conducted.
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Ensure that you hire a licensed roofer.
There are different skillsets that are required by different roofers. Special skills are required to ensure that the building remains waterproof and that the water runoff is controlled. The materials that are used on roofing jobs differ as well, with metals such as zinc-aluminium and concrete or clay tiles being used. Many Australian states have different license requirements for the different type of roofing jobs. Check for the roofing license classes from the list below.
- Metal Roofing
- Glazed Roofing
- Cement Roofing
- Conventional Roofing
- Bituminous Roofing
Be aware of warranties and guarantees that you should be entitled to.
Don’t be shy to ask the roofer about warranties and guarantees with the roofing work that they will be doing on your home. Warranties are important, as the investment into roofing is a large financial commitment. By having a warranty in place, it can protect you against future fees should any issues arise with your roof. The warranty and guarantee should offer:
- A coverage period (Is it for 5 years? 10 years?)
- The warranty or guarantee should be written.
- Covers defects in the materials (For shingles or metal roofs)
- Covers the workmanship, such as the misapplication of flashings.
- Weather protection such as storm damage caused from wind, rain, hail or any other natural elements.
Check to see how long have they been in business?
A business that has been around for some time is likely to be more credible with the history of work and projects that they have conducted. Furthermore, their experience will show, as they will be able to guide you through the project each step of the way.
Check their references!
You want to get the best job done on your roof. Read testimonials and reviews from other clients that have had roofing jobs done on their homes. Go a step further and ask if you can speak to or visit the homes of clients the roofer has done jobs for in the past. This will reduce the risk and boost your confidence in the roofer, should the examples and references of their work be positive.
Does the roofer operate from a stable business location?
Should the business have a stable office, support personnel, a permanent business address and a warehouse is a sign that they are well established and more trustworthy.
Ask the roofer if they will use their own employees or subcontractors?
It is best to know this upfront as it could impact the quality of work that is being done, since sub-contractors are usually paid on a per job basis and will aim to get the job completed as quickly as possible.
These are a few tips to bear in mind when hiring a roofing contractor. Roofing requires a hefty financial commitment. Ensure that you have complete confidence in your roofer by using the tips provided above. Happy roofing!