5 Top Tips on Selecting a Roofing Company

There’s a lot to think about when searching for a roofing company in your area, including their scope of work, quality, guarantees and warranties. It can often feel overwhelming, but this isn’t a decision that should be rushed as it’s extremely important to choose the right roofing company that will provide you with a high-quality service as well as reassurance in the quality of work provided. Our team at Redwing Roofing believe in 5 key elements that can give you the reassurance you need.

Researching Their Reputation

When Googling for a contractor near you, it is crucial to look beyond the Google reviews and dig a bit deeper into the longevity and quality of the business. Heading to the case studies on their website is a true reflection of the scale and quality of work that they carry out. This will also allow you to analyse the materials that they tend to use and whether their expertise is a right fit for the work that you need.

Checking for reviews on a platform outside of their own website is also beneficial for discovering authentic reviews. This will also show if the company checks the boxes for accreditations and Public Liability Insurance.

Checking For Qualifications and Certificates

Making sure that you select a roofing company with the required qualifications and certificates is critical to the longevity of the project. One of the most important insurance schemes to check for is whether the company provides Insurance Backed Guarantee (IBG), this gives you the peace of mind that if the roofing company goes out of business at any point after completing work for you, you are still able to make a claim should you need to.

Checking for membership of the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) is an excellent way of recognising competence in their work, here you can also rest assured that they have passed all checks necessary to be granted membership. On the NFRC website, you will also be able to see any awards that the roofing company has won, of course these should be factored into your decision.

Comparing and Analysing Quotes

Of course, it’s always a good idea to get a few different quotes, however this is not so you can find the cheapest roofing company in the area. Looking into why their quote is cheaper and comparing each quote is very important as you’re not only paying for a high-quality project but also a high-quality service.

Very often, roofing companies will employ unskilled roofers without adequate industry knowledge in order to cut their outgoing costs. This holds a risk of neglect to critical details in your roofing project that reduces a long-lasting secure roof. A significantly cheaper quote could also indicate a lack of fundamental insurance and membership certificates that could later leave you with a larger bill, should anything not go as planned.

Ensuring Quality Materials and Workmanship

Not only should you be checking that the top-quality materials will be used on your roofing project, but it is also vital to ensure that the workmanship provides you with exceptional service and job site management. Essentially, you need to be able to trust your contractor to provide a tidy, safe, work environment that is efficient to deliver the work on time.

You also want to look into the materials that they’ve quoted to use as not all contractors will use the highest quality materials, and this will affect the durability and lifespan of your new roof. So, make sure you do your own research into the best materials needed for your project and ensure that your roofing contractor is familiar fitting the specific materials required.

Analysing The Estimates

How thorough is the estimate provided by the roofing contractor? It’s critical that they hit all necessary milestones within your project as this is a clear indicator of the service you should expect going forward. If the contractor excludes elements in the estimate, the chances are their work will reflect this. The last thing you want is for your roofing contractor to cut corners to meet the estimate provided, or to later add on additional elements that you weren’t aware of. That doesn’t mean to say that you shouldn’t prepare for the possibility of the estimate changing throughout the project as this is very common depending on the conditions of the sub-structure once exposed. However, your roofing contractor should be transparent with you and state all possibilities when providing their estimate.