Choosing a roofing company does not have to be baffling if you know what to look for, but why does it matter who you choose?
After all, “it’s just a roof, I don’t even think about what’s over my head as long as it keeps me dry” a customer recently said to me.
I could argue the point that your roof occupies over 50% of your property and it takes care of a very big job of insulating and protecting your home. Therefore, it’s important to look after it and make sure that it’s serviced by a reputable and trustworthy roofing company who can give your roof the quality it needs.
Choosing a roofing company that’s right for you
You don’t have to rush it, just follow these simple steps and you will be on the right road to first rate service and quality. Your choice of roofing company in the end will come down to a few factors, and here are a few steps to consider when choosing your roofing specialist:
OK, so what are the advantages of choosing a local roofing company? To begin with, a legitimate roofing company will work hard to build a solid reputation and with an official local business address you know where to look for them if you need to. Don’t forget, you can check a local roofer’s work by looking at the roofs in your area, ask to see photographs of work completed or of course, you can view them on the company’s website.
Remember too, that by choosing a local roofer it means the roofer can get to your home a lot quicker, which is especially important when dealing with more urgent roofing matters. Finally, your local roofing specialist will have considerable knowledge about the quality of different materials used in your area and what will work best for your roof. For example, the solution for your flat roof could be to install one of the revolutionary new rubber roofing materials such as Classicbond or GRP. Perhaps you are considering a Warm Roof but need more information? Your local roofer will be happy to arrange an appointment to see you and bring samples of roofing materials as well as telling you about the latest offers. It’s simple and easy, just telephone or email via the roofer’s website and someone will get back to you within 24 hours.
Reviews and Testimonials
Look for companies who provide a high standard of work and customer service. You can review local testimonials through accredited consumer sites such as Check-a-trade and My Builder; this will indicate how reliable and trustworthy a roofing company is. Search for roofers who are fully trained and approved installers of specialised roofing systems such as Firestone EPDM or Fibreglass GRP to ensure you receive a quality service and long-lasting solution to your roof.
Warranties and Guarantee
A reputable roofing company will supply a warranty to cover the lifespan of the roof covering product, and a workmanship guarantee for the roof installation. Before you choose on a flat roof solution, it’s important to ask the contractor how long the guarantee covers. Usually, contractors will provide the customer with a 20 year work guarantee and this will be valid if you were to move house during this time period. EPDM as a rule of thumb, has a life span of up to 50 years but it’s expected to last much longer than this. It’s counterpart ‘GRP’ has a slightly shorter life expectancy, but is still an excellent flat roof solution for years to come.
Some Take Away Points
Overall, it’s important to thoroughly consider your options before deciding on which roofing contractor is right for you. It’s not a decision to be rushed and one that should be carried out with great care before you sign on the dotted line. When choosing a roofing company, the internet really is your best friend. You can quickly look for reviews on trusted consumer information sites, search for roofer in your local area and find a company that you can trust whilst sifting through all the ones that aren’t right for you.
Thankfully, these days there’s a variety of new flat roof solutions out there for you to choose from including GRP, EPDM, warm-roof systems and more. Depending on your type of roof, preferred method of installation and your budget, there’s many options open to you.
If you have any questions at all or you’d like some advice on how to choose the best roof for you, please give us a call and we’d be happy to help.