Repairing your roof doesn’t always have to bring stress. Whether it is a repair to your heritage building, a quick fix after damage, or renovating your home; taking an orderly approach to your planning can save on time and money in the long run.
So, here are three things to check when it comes to finding a provider that’s right for you.
1. What are their accreditations?
First and foremost, it is essential to ask: ‘can they actually do the job’. Out of all building work, roofing has an incredibly high skill ceiling and should only ever be undertaken by professionals, with underprepared or under-trained teams creating more problems than they solve.
This makes it essential to ask your contact for their professional qualifications and memberships. This can be professional training, accreditations, or being paid members of trade-related bodies or institutions. Two industry standards are membership with the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) or carrying out dedicated regulatory training under the Competent Roofer Scheme (CRS) .
While age is no sign of expertise, choosing a long-established company with a record of delivery can help assure successful completion. A seasoned team can also help carry embodied knowledge and a comprehensive understanding of how to best manage the variables that can come into play during a build. Asking to see previous projects can also be incredibly helpful indicator when it comes to gauging the quality of their work and if they are suitable for your particular type of roof.
2. Are they insured and reliable
While this should be little more than a brief check, it is essential to confirm that any business you choose to employ has public liability insurance. This covers any costs relating to breakages, accidents, or property damage incurred to you as a client or to members of the public. Though it may be awkward to ask for proof of insurance, validating this is a standard step in the process for any business and won’t offend anyone.
Taking the time to check a company’s professional references can also be useful when it comes to dispelling any lingering doubts. This can be done by quickly checking Google Reviews or through sites like Trustpilot to see first-hand feedback from real clients and customers.
3. Does their expertise fit your project?
If you think your build or renovation work requires specific expertise, it is always worth identifying this at the top of the call or using it as a cornerstone of your provider research. The most common need for expertise can come when addressing roofing issues with a heritage build . Any improvements made to an older building will require a high degree of proficiency in working with older production methods, preserving existing architecture, and matching materials where original items cannot be sourced.
If you are working with a more modern or bespoke design, a seasoned team can help provide additional guidance on the best way to proceed and the ideal materials required to complete the job. This can include crafting bespoke pieces to match the design of your home or working with region appropriate slates or stones that require specific training to deploy properly.
If you are interested in finding out more before you google “roofing contractors near me”, we hope you get in touch with us directly and let us know exactly what you need to complete your project and if we can be of any help completing your build.