Most people who own their domestic or commercial premises in Devon are likely to have the need to employ a roofer at one time or another. Although the weather in the South West is reasonably mild compared to the rest of the country, we are still exposed to some powerful weather conditions coming off the Atlantic and it is not unusual for our properties to be subjected to extreme winds and fierce storms. Inevitably, this type of weather gives rise to the possibility that the roofs of our properties are subject to damage, which can sometimes be severe if, for example, it is caused by a falling tree. This creates an urgent need to engage a roofing contractor to carry out the necessary remedial work. Even if you are fortunate enough to avoid sustaining weather damage to the roof of your property, most roofs will begin to show signs of deterioration over time. If further deterioration (and expense) is to be avoided it is necessary to attend to the defect as soon as possible. Finally, you may be one of those more prudent property owners who have their roof inspected periodically to avoid the type of problem which, if attended to immediately, can save far greater problems in the future. In all of these eventualities you will need to find a roofer and we set out below some of the factors that you may want to consider before choosing the right one for you.
When you appoint a roofer you should always look to a local contractor. There are several advantages of using South Devon roofers for a South Devon roof. These include the fact that you will find it easier to find out about the roofer’s reputation and that of his company, that a local roofer will be better acquainted with how to access materials locally, that less travelling to and from the job will be needed and, finally, that you may be able to see some of his finished jobs on which to base your judgment.
Don’t Let Your Roofer Choose You
You should always be wary when a roofer knocks on the door to tell you that you have a problem with your roof. Unfortunately, this is a practice that is growing and is especially prevalent after a period of stormy weather. Cold calling roofers may not even be qualified roofing contractors and you may find that any money that you outlay, especially in the form of a deposit, turns out to be completely wasted.
Check Your Roofer Out
We have already mentioned the possibility of observing some of the roofer’s work. Other checks include asking your friends and relatives whether they have any personal experience of the roofer. You should also ask the roofer if has any special qualifications or expertise. Find out if the roofer is a member of any local or national trade association. Ask if he has any commendations from satisfied customers, in writing or online. Finally, make sure that the roofer has adequate insurance cover to protect you if the work is not carried out to a reasonable standard – despite your care in appointing your roofer!
It is impossible to guarantee that the roofer that you employ will fit the bill. However, if you apply the three tips set out above it will certainly improve the prospects that he will!