Choosing the right roofing contractor to hire for your home or commercial roofing project can be a challenging and confusing task. With so many contractors to choose from, it’s important to know what to look for. Below are our top 5 tips to assist you in choosing the right roofing contractor for your project and getting the best service for your money.
Five Tips For Choosing A Roofing Contractor
1. Quality Over Cost
Never choose a roofing contractor based purely on price. Anyone with overhead costs and proper insurance has to establish pricing which will profitably cover such costs.
Contractors who only do roofing work on the side can always do the work cheaper, but in the long run, you get what you pay for. Customers who choose cheaper installation ultimately end up spending more money to fix problems down the line. Many of these problems would have been covered under a workmanship guarantee by a reputable, established roofing contractor.
2. Choose A Local Contractor
Choose a local roofing contractor — not just operating locally now, but have an established business and reputation in the community. Not only will they understand local weather conditions and assist you accordingly, but it also impacts your warranty. It’s very easy to provide a piece of paper, but the warranty is only as good as the longevity and reputation of the roofing company.
3. Ensure Necessary Insurance
Always make sure that your contractor has worker’s compensation and liability insurance. Make sure that the business complies with Occupational Health and Safety and Work Cover regulations at all times, in order to ensure that all jobs are carried out safely and competently. Not only does this keep the workers and you safe, it also provides you with the peace of mind that part of the cost of the roof and the service being provided to you is protected with the security of coverage.
4. Good Communication Skills
Communication is key to every business. If you aren’t getting what you need when they are trying to get your business, what will the service be like once you have committed to them? Did they return your calls? Did they send the documentation that you asked them to send? Did they follow through? If the answer is “no”, communicate your concerns to the company representative. If they still can’t make good, walk away. Poor communication can lead to misunderstandings, a finished job you may not be happy with and unwelcome surprises on your final bill.
5. Cleaning and Safety
Does the roofing company crew clean up the job site? If they need to remove old roofing materials is the clean up included in the cost? Some contractors are very fastidious and will clean up the site as they go. Others may wait until the end of the job, which can leave your property looking unkempt and can also create a hazard.
If you’re looking for a locally owned, full insured, reputable roofing contractor in Sydney, contact us at Black Cat Commercial Roofing today.