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Regardless of the kind of roof you’re considering, a new roof is a major investment that could potentially cost thousands of pounds. The materials used are just a small portion of your bill. The bulk of your spending goes towards the skilled labour involved and for this reason, it’s imperative that you protect your investment and ensure a leak-proof job.

Seems simple enough but unfortunately, there are many people fronting as qualified roofers who take advantage of trusting customers.

How to find a quality roofer for your home

Many people choose to get recommendations for tradesmen from friends and family. For more peace of mind, make sure the Glasgow roofing company you select has at least ten years experience (shoddy roofers don’t last too long) and that they have references and testimonials to back them up.

First of all, check for availability. There’s no point in researching, following up, checking references etc. if the roofer is booked until next year.

Get the names and addresses of references and discard any contractor that isn’t keen on providing them. Or ask if they are on checkatrade.

If you believe your roofer stands up to scrutiny, call their references and ask these questions:

  • Would you use this roofer again?
  • Did the roof leak? If so, did the roofer respond promptly, were they courteous and did they charge you for any additional work?
  • Did the job come in on budget? If not, by how much did they exceed budget? Were the extra charges justified?
  • Did the roofer damage any bushes or flowers, and did he leave nails in the driveway? Flat tires are a common complaint during and after a roofing project. Good roofers pick up any dropped nails with large rolling magnets throughout the job.

When a roofer comes by to look over your job and work up a price, note his appearance. Pride extends beyond the job site. If he isn’t clean enough to sit at your breakfast table, do you really want him working on your house?

Then detail the full range of your expectations. Find out who will do the work and the foreman’s name. And get everything in writing.

What to look for in a quality roofer?

If you’re satisfied with what you’ve found so far, you need to ensure that the roofer carries workers’ compensation coverage and liability insurance. Get the agent’s name and proof of insurance documents. Then get an estimate and ensure that you completely understand the cost.

Ensure that the warranty covers leaks, flashing failure and other labour-related defects. A one year warranty is the minimum but two or three years is preferable. The same stipulations should go into the contract which should also include what kind of shingles will be used. Find out what are the most durable shingles you can afford and request that they’re implemented on your roof.

Shingle manufacturers tend to back their products for anything between 20 and 30 years. Some warranties are void if shingles are put over existing shingles so it may be necessary to remove the existing layer, at an additional cost. Asphalt roofs last 13 years on average so a 20 year warranty would be ideal. Ensure that you have all paperwork and proof of purchase needed to pursue any problems in years to come.

Getting a Quality Roofing Job

There are several other checks you can do to ensure a leak-proof job for decades.

Replace valleys and eaves flashing is easy when re-roofing so get it done as soon as possible. Also make sure you have pipe boots or roof jacks replaced to direct away water where pipes or gas vents protrude. If there are issues with chimney flashing, have the roofer call in a mason and if not, leave it alone.

Roofer on roof

Now is the time to ensure that you have sufficient attic ventilation. Have it looked over by a roofer or contractor. Poor airflow can make an attic overheat in Summer. And in Winter, moist interior air can condense on the underside of sheathing which leads to rotting.

If you implement ridge and soffit vents, these circulate cool air into the attic which alleviates both problems.
Ask how your roofer intends to dispose of rubbish and how they’ll ensure all nails are picked up. Ensure that any trucks or skips used don’t roll onto a new garden or over any sprinkler system you have. There should be plywood under wheels to protect the turf or driveways.

Finally, trust your own intuition. If your roofer rubs you up the wrong way, even just at the contact stage, don’t be afraid of backing out of the contract before signing and resume your search. Unless it’s an immediate emergency, it pays to take time researching your investment.

Find a roofer in Glasgow with Evana Roofing and Building Ltd
If you’re looking for a roofer in or around Glasgow including Newton Mearns, Clarkston, Giffnock and East Kilbride, Evana Roofing could be the solution for you. We offer a range of roofing services and no job is too big or small for us! Find out more about us, and what we do by getting in touch today. We look forward to hearing from you!

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