To some, a roof might be seen only as an exterior appendage to any house. But a roof is probably the most important part of your home. After all, it shelters you and your loved ones from the forces of nature. Now you might be thinking of getting a new roof to replace an old one, but before you delve into the design and aesthetics, you should also have an idea of who will install your roof. Here are some things you should do before hiring a roofer in Brisbane.
Ask for references
The best way to find a good roofer is always by word of mouth. To ensure that you’re getting a reliable contractor for your new roof, ask your friends, neighbors or relatives for recommendations. Chances are, they’ve had their roofs installed by an expert contractor in Brisbane, and if they’re satisfied with the roofer’s services, then you’ll most likely be satisfied too.
Likewise, do your research. Many roofing companies make use of technology nowadays, and researching about a potential contractor can be done in the comfort of your home. Reading customer reviews on any company is a quick and easy way to find out how its customers really feel after a project has been finished.
You might already have a contractor in mind, but don’t dive headlong into a contract immediately. Ask for an estimate first and compare with other companies. This way, you’ll know if someone is overcharging you. However, the lowest estimate might not also give you the best results. If a proposal sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Sometimes fly-by-night contractors will present an estimate that looks attractive because it shows low cost, but keep in mind that these contractors are often uninsured and may perform work or use materials that are not up to standard.
Make sure that factors such as labour, materials and the entire duration of construction are included in the estimate, and read the fine print. If an estimate is confusing, ask the contractor to break it down into terms that you understand.
Ask and examine the roofer’s documents
It’s not just the proposal that you should be reading, make sure also that your contractor has permits for the job and that he is licensed and insured. Take Rivercity Roofing for example. This family owned and run company has over 25 years in service with QBSA license and full insurance for public liability, working at heights and asbestos removal. Examine your contractor’s documents to see if they apply to your area and are still valid.
Draw up a contract
Before your roofer starts working and you make a down payment, make sure that you have a written contract agreement signed by both sides. Ensure that the company’s name, address, license number and phone number are included in the contract, in addition to details such as the work that will be done, how long it will take and the penalties that will be incurred if the project takes longer than the expected time frame. Read the contract in its entirety, don’t just sign any blank paper, and lastly, make sure that you get a copy of the signed contract after you signed it.
For a new roof in Brisbane call Rivercity Roofing today: 1300 607 882