If you’ve been looking into having your roof worked on, you’ve most likely noticed that there are many contractors in the Perth area to choose from. We’re sure it’s a difficult task to choose one, but we’re here to help you make an educated decision.
It’s important to consider who will be the right fit for your project, and the things to take into consideration include: Who will work best with your insurance company? What team will work well with your builder? What roofing company is familiar with your area and can meet your unique needs?
To answer these questions and find the most professional, qualified, experienced roofing team for your projects, follow these tips. You won’t be disappointed.
Ask Around the Area
Word of mouth is the most reliable way to find quality professionals. Nothing speaks like personal experience, and locals in your area can tell you all about their personal experience with different contractors.
They can tell you how their contractor did or didn’t overcome obstacles, how they felt about their overall experience, and especially how satisfied (or unsatisfied) they are with their end result. It’s also important to note that experienced local contractors with a good reputation will be familiar with local building codes and won’t make mistakes when it comes to inspections.
Ask About Warranties
Warranties are one of the most important things to ask about once you begin making phone calls and checking out roofing websites. If your selected contractor doesn’t offer comprehensive, long-term warranties, you should consider that to be a huge red flag.
If a contractor’s work is qualified, they will have absolutely no problem with warrantying their work. And you’ll have the peace of mind in knowing that any possible situation is completely covered down the road.
Anyone can make a mistake and materials can have defects, but a good professional will make it right if they do.
Ensure They’re Licensed and Insured
Not asking the right questions can land you in hot water. You will want to ask for a copy of licenses and insurance to ensure that the professional you’ve selected is indeed a qualified professional.
While all Australian states require proper licensing in order to install a roof or roof plumbing system, some “contractors” may try to skip what they consider to be tedious steps in renewing licenses and insurance, and that can affect your warranty and the quality of the work you’re receiving.
Claim Your Insurance
If you don’t check with your insurance company, even if you think your damages aren’t covered, you could be missing out on some of the benefits you’re entitled to.
In some cases, insurance companies may even orchestrate the work on your home for you to save you the headache. But even if you’re required to find your own contractor and organize a repair, make sure to first check with your insurance company to see how they can help.
Don’t Be Afraid to Negotiate
We aren’t saying to haggle you price down with a professional. After all, a professional knows the value of their hard work and you’ll get a better product for a fair price.
However, you definitely need to make sure you’re getting what you want. Check your contract, evaluate the terms, and know what you’re getting. Get comparison quotes form other contractors so you know what different companies offer, and don’t be afraid to call time out if something doesn’t seem right to you.
Get to Know Your Materials
There are many kinds of materials available to you for any project, and you need to know that you’re choosing the ones that fit your budget, match your desired maintenance and upkeep level, and have the aesthetic you’re looking to accomplish on your home.
Inform yourself on what’s out there, because if a contractor doesn’t offer what you’re looking for you can automatically know it’s time to move on and find a contractor who does. If you like the idea of a luxury seamless copper gutter system but the contractor you’re speaking to only offers aluminium, move forward to find a contractor who specializes in your desired result.
The bottom line is that you need to trust who you’re working with, and you’ll have more peace of mind if you do your homework. Knowing what you’re walking into can save you a lot of headache, and it’ll save you time, future repairs, and disappointment. Give us a call at Guttering Perth to see how we can meet your needs.