4 Essential Tips to Finding a Good Roofing Service
The roof is perhaps the most important part of any building – as it provides protection to all the other parts against the weather. If your roof is in bad shape the rest of your home will be too, so as you can see, it is very important to keep your roof in the best possible state. Your best bet in this endeavour, is to contact a reputable roofing service for consultancy. They will know how your specific roof should be maintained and repaired if need be – and proper care really is the key to a long life for a roof. But what is a good roofing service? Good question. In my opinion, the best roofing service is one that:
- Has a good reputation. Ask everyone you know, and you will probably hear a few of the same names repeated again and again. Chances are that these are the best companies in your area. If you can arrange to go and look at some work done by a named contractor, it is all the better. That will give you a chance to see what this company or person is really capable of.
- Communicates well. If the client and the contractor do not understand each other, it can lead to potentially very expensive mistakes. You want a contractor that returns your calls, takes the time to explain what must be done and why, respects agreements and keeps appointments, and doesn’t go back on a word given. Insist that the person you hire signs an actual contract – with a detailed specification of what must be done. The quote you are given should also go into detail with what you can expect will get done for your money. Anything less is not to be taken seriously in my opinion.
- Has the necessary experience to work on your roof. Don’t hesitate to contact specialist roofing services if you suspect your roof is a little bit different from all the rest. For example – a roofer used to working with roofing felt might not be the best for the job – if the job is to give a copper roof a major overhaul. You certainly would not want to hire a copper roofer to thatch a roof either, would you?
- Has the required certificates and licenses to install certain roofing systems covered by a warranty. Some roof products are covered by a warranty of 10 years or more – but only if installed by qualified personnel. If you end up using someone not quite qualified, you may end up not quite getting any money from a product warranty – or your insurance company.
Lastly, don’t forget to do what you can do yourself. The best thing you can do to prevent damage to your roof, is maintenance – at the right time and in the right measure. That means gutter cleaning once or twice a year, inspecting the roof for leaks and other damage, etc. Anything beyond that may have to be taken care of by a professional – but by then you will at least have done what you can yourself.