Most people will have the contact details of a painter or electrician close to hand, but there will be far too few who have speedy access to a recommended roofer. Through the summer, the roof will not be a problem, but as soon as the winter approaches you can be sure there will be something that will cause you concern.
There are many jobs that might need to be done, and hopefully there will be one person who will be able to do them all. It could be something as simple as an annual inspection and the securing of a few tiles that you require, but could also be as detailed as replacing gutters and repairing dry rot. The security of your family and belongings will be in their hands so make sure you choose the right people.
When selecting the person or company you will come to rely on; you should be sure that they are fully qualified and belong to the appropriate trade organisations. Word of mouth will be an ideal way to find out how good they are, but it would also help if you could contact some former customers and ask them to give their opinion of the work they have had done.
One thing to focus on will be the way they handle the job once it has been accepted. Are they going to do the job from start to finish or pass you on to others to finish it off? Will they be using top grade materials and covering all bases rather than cutting corners when it comes to cost and time? If they are not thorough, you could find the job needs doing again.
The cost will not be the only thing you want to consider, but the additional services that are offered free of charge will be worth discussing. Free of charge quotes will be offered by the better companies, and they will also do a thorough job when giving a quote. If you get a promise that the price you are quoted is the price you will pay, you can be certain that everything has been covered.
By the time you have done a bit of research among friends, customers and even other tradesmen – clearly not other roofers as they may be a little bit biased – you should be able to choose the right person for the job. Once you have dealt with a recommended roofer, you are bound to want to recommend them yourself.