Why buy reclaimed?

Reclaimed roof tiles can dramatically improve the overall look of your project blending in seamlessly with an existing roof or nearby buildings

Reclaimed or second hand slates and roof tiles come in some beautiful varieties, some are actually antiques and in parts of the country certain roof tile types must be used as required by the local planning authority

We have direct access to a number of well stocked reclamation yards and we have founded a reclamation yard partnership with reclamation yards and roof tile suppliers all over the UK

Choosing a good roofer

Choosing a good Roofer is a process not to be taken lightly as the overall look and lasting effect of your project is paramount and you are going to want to select a good roofer for the job. If you are looking for Roofers this article provides guidance on making a selection. Some steps are quite detailed and thorough but they will help you ask the right sort of questions and you will have a list of good roofers to choose from and you can contract the one that best suits your needs

Step 1 - Tips for searching for a Roofer and drawing up a shortlist

There are many things that you will need to consider when you want to find a good Roofer, initially beware of the cheapest roofers if you have been given any estimates. A cheap roofer will not always offer you everything you are looking for and ask yourself why are they offering this cheaper than everybody else? I would strongly advise you read on so that you can get a quality roofer that suits your needs at a reasonable but not necessarily the cheapest price:

  • Referrals are a popular source of information, speak to Family and Friends and see whether they can recommend a roofer that they have had good experiences with and also at this point perhaps any bad roofers so you can eliminate them!
  • Suppliers of Building materials often harbour a wealth of knowledge and can usually recommend a local roofer, selection of local roofers or a local roofing company to you if you ask them
  • Yellow pages or equivalent trade adverts in magazines are an excellent source of information, you can make a list of any roofers that catch your eye so research on them can be carried out later
  • Internet searching can sometimes yield a good result but often it can prove fruitless, there are many variables when searching on the internet so that's why I have placed this method further down the list

There are of course other ways to source roofers such as calling Trade Organisation or professional or local bodies but these may be a bit more laborious

Step 2 - Choosing the Roofer, meet them in person or call them and grill them with questions!

After you have a list of Roofers, spend time to look at each one carefully. A professional roofing contractor will be happy to answer any questions or provide any information to you that you might require

Set up a meeting or call them to discuss your needs and ask them about any qualifications, projects they have done and any trade organisations they may be a member of.  Be sure to pay attention to the attitude of the company representative. Good contractors take pride in their work and it is a good idea to get them onboard if you feel confident that the contractor is interested in your project and they are dealing with you in a professional manner

Some possible questions and points to ask during conversation are:

  • Business Name and Address Are they forthcoming with this information?
  • Business History Can you learn how long the Roofers have been in business for?
  • Contact Telephone numbers so that you can call them on the most appropriate number
  • Experience Are they or the workforce trained specifically with your project in mind?
  • Licensing\Accredited Roofers Are they licensed, accredited or approved roofers? if so the chances are they will be actively complying with regulations
  • Certificates or Business numbers If you can get these details you can carry out checks using the local authorities to see if they are complying with regulations
  • Insurance Do the Roofers have full liability insurance including their workforce? if in doubt ask for certificate and make enquiries with their insurance firm
  • References A great deal can be said about having good references, follow them up
  • Previous Projects\Clients You could ask this information so that you can see for yourself the quality of the workmanship, many roofers will be happy to show you the quality of their workmanship
  • Quotations Advise the Roofer that you are seeking quotations from three sources somewhere in the conversation, this may mean you can get a competitive deal later on!

TIP: Don't forget the Roofer is also shopping for good jobs that will make a fair profit and bring future referrals. They will quickly pick up on any warning signs if you aren't fully prepared with the above questions, ask them in the incorrect fashion so take time to draw up a list of the most relevant questions and see what responses you get!

Step 3 - Negotiating a Roofing Contract

Most Roofers will provide you with either an estimate or a proposed contract. An estimate typically means a rough price for the project including a generic list of roofing materials which may be subject to change. A proposed contract includes a lot more detail with a choice of products, designs, services being carried out and a more stable or the final cost. A proposal will normally offer you some degree of options for example best types of roofing material, budget etc

The proposal is a good indicator of the overall impression you will make of the Roofer, have they spent time pricing up your project, is the proposal professional if so and you are happy to accept it Get it in writing! and the contractor should then draw up the Roofing contract

When you receive the Roofing Contract it needs to state the proposed work, prices and completion date. Read the contract carefully and if you are not happy with anything query it and get it right before work goes ahead, the things to pay special attention to are:

  • Start and Completion Dates What will happen in event of bad weather etc?
  • Products Materials What materials are to be used? you need to decide on the best roof tiles to use for your project
  • Work Hours Will this fit in ok to your daily schedule?
  • Cleaning Up Will the roofer be taking care to leave the project looking in a reasonable state?
  • Safety Precautions Does the roofer ensure the safety of it's workforce on your premises?
  • Warranties What does the roofer offer in terms of their workmanship and the materials used?
  • Terms and conditions Can you agree on all of the Roofers terms?
  • Suppliers If necessary will the Roofer advise you on what supplier they will use or any 3rd party contractors?
  • Payment What payment terms do the Roofers accept, do they need a deposit?
  • Right to cancel contract Is there a penalty if you cancel the contract or any set time periods?

Step 4 - Choosing the Roofing Contractor and letting them carry out your project

Once you have decided on who the best roofer is for you and you have agreed to a Roofing contract a little preparation can go along way. Ensure there is adequate space for materials to be delivered to your premises and check up on the Roofers progress during the project

Above all you should be able to relax and allow the Professional Roofer you have selected to carry out their Job and anticipate the completion of your project!

Thank you for reading this article, I hope it has given you some insight in what you can do to get the right roofer onboard. Hopefully you will avoid the cowboy roofers and rogue roofers of this world by using the above points to weed out any roofers that didn't suit your needs

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