The roof is one of the biggest investments and most important parts of your home. This is the reason why many property owners and homeowners put a lot of thought on their roofs, roofing materials used, and how it is installed. If done right, your roof could last decades before showing first signs of aging or leaks. It is for this reason and more that you should look for an expert roofer for the job. Finding a good roofer means shopping around, interviewing several roofers, and looking into other qualifications as well. Outlined below are some of the important factors to consider when hiring a Christchurch roofing company/contractor.
1. License and Certifications
The roofing company should not only be certified but also have a valid and current license to operate. Ask for the license number and run it through the licensing body to ascertain that it is indeed valid. The advantage of running the license number is that it brings in more info about the company such as complaints launched against it, and how the claims were handled. Hiring a licensed/certified company also helps weed out quacks and untrained roofers.
Roofing is not only an expensive exercise but also a risky one, particularly to the roofing contractors. Hiring a roofing contractor with both a workers compensation and liability insurance is your only best bet to reducing liabilities. The insurance cover comes in handy should a contractor be injured while on your premises/property. Liability insurance also protects the property from damage as well. Be sure to ask for the insurance certificate before making the final decision.
3. Expertise and Experience
As indicated earlier, the roof is one of the most expensive investments in a home. You therefore wouldn’t want a substandard job on the same, or anything that would put it at risk. This is the reason why you should only have contractors with at least 3 years’ worth of experience in roofing. While most Christchurch roofing companies are new, many hire contractors with prior experience on the same, with some training their employees to become better roofers. Although some of the best roofing companies have been in the industry for quite some time, never underestimate a growing company with all the legends in roofing.
Christchurch roofing companies, however old or new they are, have a reputation to maintain. This can however be quite a tough task for businesses without the expertise in the field. While it may be impossible to satisfy all clients, some of the best companies in the industry have a squeaky clean track record and reputation. Good reputation comes with the quality of service offered, customer service, and most importantly, experience in the field.
5. References, reviews, and ratings
The company’s portfolio should tell you more about it, its contractors, and the level of service to expect from them. Take some time to read through the portfolio provided, see what previous clients and customers are saying, and most importantly, customer ratings. Clients will always rate a company based on the quality of service received. Some companies offer service guarantee and warranty for their services as well.
You may need to run a few background checks on several roofing companies before making the final decision. Comparing quotes from several companies, and gauging their service based on reviews can also help you find a good Christchurch roofing company.