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Installing a New Roof

Hello, my name is Liam. I live in a rural community which is located about 200km away from Alice Springs, Australia. Life in the Outback can be hard, so the entire community needs to look after itself. Since I moved out here from the big city, I have learnt lots of cool skills that I didn't know before. One of these skills is roofing. When my neighbour's roof began to leak, he called me over and we worked together to install a new one. He taught me lots of cool tips and tricks which I have written about below. Enjoy!

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Choosing a Residential Roof Contractor

An excellent roof is one that protects your household from the elements of the weather. This is where roofing cladding comes in, which is the material used to cover the roof to create a watertight coat. When choosing a contractor to install the cladding, you want to be sure that you have a competent and skilled professional.

Getting a qualified one can sometimes be a difficult feat, but it's not impossible. Here are a few tips to help you get a reliable one.

Check Their License

A roofing contractor should not operate without proper licensing and registration from the relevant construction agencies. Ensure that the licenses they hold are applicable for use in your state. If you are uncertain about anything concerning the permit, contact the concerned office or department and get verified information.

Are They Insured?

Insurance cover is a very crucial component for any professional roof contractor. Before you have anything done in your home by the contractor, ensure they have an insurance cover. This will absolve you of any liability should anything terrible happen to the contractor while working in your home. Nobody anticipates accidents or injuries, but sometimes they will happen, and it is only wise that you are prepared for such eventualities.

Their Charges

Not all contractors charge the same price for the services they offer. Some will charge high rates, probably to cater for the transport charges. Do your research and find out what other fees you are likely to meet before you engage their services and get slapped with surprise costs later. High rates do not always mean high-quality work, while low prices do not always signify substandard work. Do your due diligence.

Proof of Approval

Just because the contractor is licensed does not mean that they are approved for the type of roof cladding you want to install. Check with the manufacturer to verify if the contractor is permitted to handle the specific material you want to use. Certain roofing materials require that the contractor has specialised training, certification and licensing.

Look for Referrals

It is always best to work with contractors recommended to you by friends or family. You will hardly go wrong with professionals whose skills and competence has been tried and tested. You may not believe everything the contractor tells you initially, but if their claims can be backed up by someone you can trust, you will have no worries later on.

Take Away

Reinforcing your house with roof or wall cladding for proper insulation is a job that calls for the right expertise. Finding a roofing contractor who is reliable and professional can be a challenge. However, if you come across one who is licensed according to your local area law, that is a good starting point. Check to see that they are insured and approved for the specific cladding material you want to install. More importantly, research their reputation for reliability and professionalism.