Roofing

How to choose a roofer?

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You are thinking of doing work on your roof and you need a roofer but do not know where to turn. However, the choice of your roofer is very important. Indeed, it will determine the quality of your roof and therefore the insulation and sealing of your house. In this article, we give you the steps to follow to make the right choice of roofer.

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Summary

Step 1: Ask yourself the right questions

Step 2: Define the type of roofer to contact

Step 3: Check that the company is real and registered

Step 4: Check the qualifications of the roofer

Step 5: Check the references of the roofer

Step 6: Request a detailed quote

Step 1: Ask yourself the right questions

First, before any work begins, it will be important to ask yourself the right questions :

What type of work does my house need? Is substantive work necessary (complete renovation of the roof, or replacement of worn tiles)?

Does my roof have insulation problems ?

What is my maximum budget ?

What are my expectations in terms of time ?

Once you answer these questions, you’ll have a better idea of ​​what you’re looking for.

Step 2: Define the type of roofer to contact

Then, during this second step, you will have to define the type of roofer you need. By this we mean, ask you if you need a specialist. Is your roof covered with slates or clay tiles, do you need a zinc worker, a carpenter or a roofer who knows how to do insulation work? Depending on your own situation , your choice of roofer will have to be adapted .

Step 3: Check that the company is real and registered

Indeed, finding craftsmen via the internet, for example, is quite easy but not falling into the nets of charlatans is sometimes a challenge .

To protect yourself against this, we advise you to check that the craftsman or company in question is registered in the commercial register and that a certificate from the Chamber of Trades and Trades has been issued to him beforehand . . To do this, you can ask for the professional’s registration number and contact the administration to confirm its legitimacy.

Step 4: Check the qualifications of the roofer

The roofer you choose must be able to show you the certificates of his training(s) . There are multiple training courses specializing in roofing, carpentry or also waterproofing . Therefore, to be sure that the craftsman you will use is qualified, asking him to see his diploma(s) is a good way to make sure of his skills.

Step 5: Check the references of the roofer

Word of mouth is the best way to choose your roofer . However, if you are not lucky enough to have someone in your entourage who could recommend a qualified roofer, then you will have to be extra vigilant and ask for as many references as possible from the craftsman contacted.

Indeed, do not hesitate to ask to visit previous construction sites or to speak to former customers (if possible).

In addition, always make sure that the company can provide you with proof of its subscription to the following insurances/guarantees:

Professional liability insurance . If damage occurs during the work and the craftsman is responsible for it, he will then be covered by his insurance, which will cover the repair costs.

The ten-year guarantee . It is for a period of 10 years and gives ten- year liability to the company that carried out the work. In other words, if a construction defect appears within 10 years after the work, the craftsman will then be held legally responsible.

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Step 6: Request a detailed quote

Finally, once an estimate has been drawn up , check that it is as detailed as possible. Indeed, it must include among other things:

Details of all materials to be used (models and manufacturers) and their quantities .

The exact price of each material used, as well as labor .

Estimated timelines for the work .

The date of the establishment of the estimate .

The craftsman’s registration number .

If you accept the proposed estimate, it will then be transformed into a purchase order and then an invoice. Therefore, being careful that the smallest details are noted before accepting it , protects you from possible disputes afterwards.