When you engage a contractor to deliver you with new roofing it can be an exciting time for your home. A facelift of sorts, with the crowning glory of your house being revamped to brand new. It means that your home has safety and protection over it and that you’re not going to fear water coming into your home when storms come! In other situations, a new roof can also be something that has to happen after damage has occurred, and in this case it can be disappointing as you may have suffered damage to the interior of your home.
With roofing in Melbourne, Brisbane or Sydney – or anywhere else prone to bouts of rain and storms – you don’t want the process to drag out for very long, and you don’t want to have to deal with a nightmare–you just want the process done as smoothly as possible. So what happens when your new roof turns into a nightmare situation? There’s not a lot you can do except hope that it improves, but what if you could avoid getting into a roofing nightmare in the first place? That would certainly be a better outcome. I want to take a look at how to avoid roofing nightmares in the hopes that it helps you to get a new roof in record time with no heartache.
So what are some of the nightmares?
Some people will come to neighborhoods after a storm and hand out cards and provide quotes to people who have had storm damage. While this is a nice gesture, given that a lot of people might be affected, it pays to find out what kind of work the company provides, first.
Drawn out work
Sometimes you’ll get a quote for how long work will take, and you’ll expect the work done when they say–but weeks later it’s dragging on while you put up with having a building site at your home.
If you have small children (or even if you don’t) you don’t want to be dodging rubbish in your yard. You need to ensure that you’re hiring a contractor who is tidy and who doesn’t leave rubbish or tiles behind.
Some workers will arrive promptly and head straight up on to the roof but not give you any assurance that what you’re getting is what you want. Make sure you have a team leader or a site supervisor there to liaise with you on the work that is being done and to ensure that they can answer any questions you may have. No good getting the work done if the work that is being done is incorrect!
Some companies have shaky guarantees on their work, so be sure that you know what you’re signing off on and what you’re covered for with your roof. No good finding out down the line that certain things aren’t included, or that you owe more money than what you had originally budgeted or allowed for.
You can avoid all of these potentially poor situations by doing the following:
- Check out your contractor and company. What kind of jobs have they done in the past?
- What’s their feedback like online? Are people happy with their work?
- Check out their guarantee and ask for contractual obligations.
- Find out their average time for a job, and make sure that it matches with your expectations.
I hope this has been a useful resource. Remember to choose the contractor who best suits your needs, and not just the cheapest one, because you get what you pay for.
*This article was contributed.