Roofing Tips and Tricks
Over the years I have heard many stories from customers who have been left with work that has not been completed to a good standard which is why Im having this web page with tips and tricks to help people recognise a good tradesperson. Hopefully these tips may be of some help for you make your decision on who to get.
How to find a good tradesperson
When looking for a company to do your roof installation make sure they have Public Liability Insurance Cover because if there is an accident and damage results it could take a long while to get resolved and cause inconvenience and stress to you.
Make sure the contractor has the appropriate builders license as it is illegal for the tradesperson not to have it and do the work.
If a tradesperson has silicone stains on his clothing this means that he is the one that actually does the work. A lot of companies have Sales Reps who have no physical experience with installation but are good at talking people into signing up. Dont judge a book by its cover. Some of the best tradespeople Ive ever seen in 30 years are like this.
Ask the company if they have any completed jobs that you could go to look at or if thats a bit of a hassle then ask for contact numbers of the customers so you can get confirmation of how good the work is.
Try and look for a Company where the owner is involved in doing the actual work.That way you know the work is being supervised 100 percent of the time.
My Opinion is that its better to get a Company that has Contractors and not people employed on wages. When you have people on wages there are higher overheads like workcover and Superannuation to pay and its common to have disgruntled workers who don't care about the work because they feel they are underpaid. Also companies that employ workers will go for the cheaper option and get apprentices who really need time to learn the trade where as licensed contractors have the knowledge and experience to complete the work. Although you do get some bad eggs with contractors as well. But if you follow my above suggestions you may me able to eliminate the chances of using a bad contractor.
Never give a deposit before the materials are delivered or if you have to the law requires only 10 percent. (One lady I have done work for gave a $5000.00 deposit and the guy was never seen again)
Always go for the middle range quote as a cheaper quote can be because cheaper products are used. The iron could be thinner than standard and sometimes the work that would take 4 days is rushed to take 2 days to make up for the cheaper quote. Also with a mid range quote you are more likely to get better after sales service.
If you are building a new house there are several things you can do with roofing to make the house more energy efficient. If you install roof ventilators (Whirlybirds) then that will improve the efficiency of your air conditioning system because a lot of heat is trapped between the roofing iron and the ceiling which can have temperatures of up to 60 degrees. A Roof Ventilator will allow this heated air to escape so you wont have your air conditioner running as long because the house will cool faster and stay cooler longer. Also if you Install Blanket Insulation under the Roofing iron you will save on air conditioning costs as its a very effective heat and cold barrier.
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