How to Find a Roof Restoration Specialist That You Can Trust
Most people simply do not realise that they need to have their roof restored fairly regularly. Typically, a roof should be replaced or at the very least restored and refurbished once every ten years – or more frequently if the property is in an area that is subject to harsh weather conditions. However, there are ways to ensure that your roof remains more durable. Having your roof restored regularly will help to prevent those expensive and time consuming maintenance problems and will save you money in the long run.
How can I find a reliable person to repair my roof?
You should research your roof restoration specialist carefully to ensure that you find one that you can trust. Check testimonials, read lots of reviews, and look for a roofer that you can rely on. Don’t just trust the testimonials on the website of the roofer, look for third party reviews, talk to your friends, family and neighbours and get in touch with the Victorian Fair Tradings office too. This will help you to identify quickly and clearly whether or not the roofing contractor that you are considering hiring is a trustworthy one.
Should the Contractor Have Insurance?
A good roof repair contractor will have an insurance policy that covers any potential damage that they, you and your property could suffer during the restorations. In addition, their insurance will cover any accidental damage that may be done to passers by, nearby cars or any properties that are attached to yours. Do not work with a roofer that does not have adequate insurance.
If a roofer does not have professional insurance there is always some risk that you could end up facing the bill for certain kinds of damage associated with work done on your property. Do not take that chance. Ask the contractor for a copy of their insurance policy and read it carefully to make sure that it is both current and adequate and most importantly, applies to the full scope of roof restoration that will be done on your home.
How much experience should the contractor have?
The field of roof restoration does not have a formal governing body in Victoria and this means that anyone can claim that they are one. However, the cost of roofing services is incredibly complex and you should look for someone who is fully trained and has some experience. Follow up on any references that the roofer gives to make sure that they are genuine, and avoid working with anyone whose references are not verifiable or who tries to dodge the issue of past experience.
Anyone who is reliable and has a lot of experience will be more than happy to put you in touch with past agencies, employers or customers. Call those references or ask to see examples of their past work in person before signing a contract with them.
Should the roofer have a license?
In most states, workers need a state license, but there are a lot of companies that prey on people’s lack of knowledge about this and try to work without a license or using a license that has expired. Make a point of checking roofing licenses, and if you find out that someone is trying to work without one report them to the relevant state body so that they are prevented from trying to trick some less knowledgeable customers into working with them.
To get a state license, the roofer will have to prove that they know their trade, and they have to agree to guidelines including customer service standards and fee structure standards. If you employ someone who is not licensed you will not have as many legal options open to you in the event that there are problems with the roofer. When a Victorian licensed contractor lets you down you have a far greater degree of protection from additional fees and charges.
If you are not sure whether you should get your roof restored or replaced, contact a few different contractors and see what they have to say. Look for contractors that are experienced, qualified, licensed and insured. Do not try to cut corners, because the risk of hiring a fly-by-night roofer is too great.