Auckland Roofing: Factors To Consider When Hiring A Roofer

Finding a good and trustworthy roofing contractor in Auckland can be daunting for many homeowners. While there maybe dozens of candidates to choose from, only a few make it to the list of the best Auckland roofing contractors. Distinguishing experts from quacks is however relatively easy.  All you need to do is take some time to look into each candidate, their qualifications, and their personalities. Some of the important factors to consider when looking for a roofer include:

1.         Licensing and Relevant Certifications

There’s more to roofing than just laying shingles and ensuring they are in place. Several roofing guidelines and codes need/have to be followed to ensure the roof is in tip top condition. For this reason, the roofing contractor needs to have undergone formal training, and be able to present relevant certificates confirming the same. You also need to check the contractor’s licensing status before considering them as potential candidates. While the contractor may have undergone formal training, he/she should have a valid license from recognized Auckland roofing bodies.

2.         Experience:

The contractor also needs to be active in the roofing industry, and have at least 3 years of experience to qualify for most roofing contracts. While a roofing company may boast of decades of experience in the field, the type of employees they have, can determine how good or bad they are in the same.  The same goes to a new roofing company managed and run by old-timers and experienced roofers. While you should look into the company’s portfolio, take some time to see whether the employees are experienced in the same too.

3.         Insurance

Aside from professional qualifications, all contractors need to be under a worker’s compensation plan, and with an insurance cover too. The insurance policy should cover both the contractor and the property being worked on. Having a roofing contractor with insurance cover helps reduce liabilities on your side especially if anything gets damaged, or the contractor gets injured in the process. The roof is one of the most expensive investments for your home; you don’t want extra expenses preventing you from achieving your goals.

4.         Pricing

As mentioned earlier, roofing is an expensive venture that goes into thousands of dollars. While you shouldn’t be tempted to hire a cheap roofer, it’s important that you discuss the roofing costs/charges with each candidate. Have each potential candidate send a quote of the overall price before conducting the interview. While some of the best roofers may be expensive, you will be amazed at how affordable some of them are. Take some time to go through all the potential Auckland roofing candidates, and even ask for a discount from them. Most companies will ask for an upfront payment for the same. This is entirely expected.

Looking into all the factors outlined above should help reduce the list of candidates to a few. Next, look for a candidate with excellent communication skills. Do not go for a sales pitchy contractor out for your money, but a knowledgeable one willing to air out his/her views on the contract. Once confident about a candidate, you can then have a contract drafted with all your expectations included.

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