Your roof is one of the, if not the most, important structures and parts of your property. Not only does it provide an aesthetic value, but it shelters you and your family from weather conditions such as rain, storms, extreme summer heats and snow and ice during the winter.
Some roofing problems with roofs are easy to solve and can be done as part of a DIY project, but it’s not uncommon for roofing problems to manifest and cause long-term damage, such as mould, mildew, sagging, cracks and holes. In these cases, it makes sense to call a roofer who will be able to give you advice on the best way forward for your roof.
Choosing a roofing company is easy, but finding one with the right qualifications and skill set can be hard. We’ve rounded up the skills and qualifications any good roofer needs to have.
- Find a quality roofer who already has an established name in the roofing industry. You may find this person through recommendations or word of mouth.
- Use a roofer who belongs to an established or known company, or place of business. You can verify this by finding out the basic information about the roofer, such as their name, their business address and their contact information.
- Find a contractor that has up-to-date knowledge regarding the roofing industry – the more knowledgeable, the more likely they are to do a good job on your roof.
- Look for a contractor who is a member of trade associations and certifications from their training and seminars. The more academic proof you have of their knowledge and skill set, the more comfortable you’ll feel about choosing them over another.
- Check their insurance– unless they’re covered, you may be liable for damages should something go wrong when they make roof improvements in your home.
- Make sure that the contractor has a valid licence to work on roofing projects.
- Get references from previous customers. Feedback is a great way to determine whether or not the company is providing a good service to their customers.
- Check their written safety program. Ask to see their safety program before you hand over any cash for added reassurance and peace of mind.
- A qualified roofer should also include a quality assurance program to check your roof after installation. Regular maintenance of roofs will prevent damage.
- Have a conversation with your roofer. Any good roofing contractor should have good internal and communication skills so that you can communicate your needs.
- Paperwork skills are also important. Before you pay for your roof, you should be given a detailed proposal that includes the type of work to be accomplished, how much the work will cost you, the warranty included as part of your plan, the time frame they need to do the work, and the terms and conditions of payment.
- Time management is another skill that your roofer should have. A good roofer will update you regarding the progress of your work, and help get the job done as soon as they can.
If you’re looking for a qualified roofer to work on your property, get in touch with the experts at Findley Roofing & Building Yorkshire.