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Three questions every property owner should ask about roof restoration

You might be having issues with a leaky roof, have moisture on your walls or want to give your tired looking house a makeover. A roof restoration is an affordable way to update and add value to your property without the expense of a full roof replacement. But before you begin there are three questions you should be asking to ensure you’re getting great quality service.

Am I allowed to have this work done?

Firstly, make sure you check roof requirements with your local council, some have restrictions and rules when it comes to roofing, changing the colour of your roof, for example, may not be allowed if your property is heritage listed. A good contractor should be able to guide you through the process or even do the necessary checks and apply for a building permit on your behalf.

Are you a reputable company?

Secondly, before approaching a contractor for a quote check they’re licensed and insured. All of their employees should be covered by workers compensation insurance, if a worker gets injured on your property and doesn’t have general liability, you will be responsible for their medical expenses.

If the contractor doesn’t have insurance, you will have to foot the bill for any damage that happens to your property. Always ask them to provide certificates that prove their covered. It’s a good idea to do a search of their business license number, this will show how long the business has been registered and if there has been any formal complaints made.

You should expect an experienced contractor to do an extensive on-site inspection in order the give you an accurate quote, be wary of contractors that ask you about the size, shape and condition of your roof over the phone.

The contractor should be willing to discuss your needs and concerns and explain what your options are, before agreeing on what work to quote you on. They should also tell you what to expect once they commence the work.

Check and see if the company has client testimonials, online reviews and community endorsements. Ask if they can provide you with industry references and the addresses of restorations completed in your area.

How much will it cost?

Although it’s tempting to go with the cheapest quote, bad workmanship can take a couple of years to show up, if your contractor cuts corners or used cheap materials you could end up with peeling and faded paint or leaks. You may have a warranty but if the company’s gone out of business, it’s tough luck.

Finally, depending on the size of your home and the work to be completed, you could be looking at between $8,000 – $12,000 for a roof restoration or even more. Discuss your quote in detail with the contractor and ask for a breakdown of the work, including the costs for cleaning and preparation, paint and materials. Also, ask if any unexpected costs may occur and try to speak to the tradesman who will be on the site so you’re both on the same page.

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