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As a roofing contractor, this is a question I hear all the time. A roof is a big investment and like any big investment you make, you need to know that you’re going to get value for money. So, if you’re looking at a roof on your home whereby you suspect you might be throwing good money after bad on repairs or if you’ve just bought a property that needs re-roofing, this is likely to be a question that’s on your mind.

The unfortunate thing about this sort of question is that it’s not quite as straightforward as everyone might imagine when it comes to giving a good answer. However, it possibly goes without saying, but let me say it anyway, if you take on a worker to re-roof your property who’s not approved or registered, then you’ll have no fall back in the event of your roof lasting way less time than you imagine. Granted, it might be tempting to give the green light to someone who seems to be offering a really cheap price, there can be severe issues with this sort of arrangement; so it’s always worth checking out your roofing contractor with military precision to make sure your roof will last as long as possible.

Assuming you choose to work with an approved roofing contractor, then you can expect just short of half a century of value from your roofing investment as long as you maintain your roof along the way. There are plenty of approved roofing contractors around, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to track one down. However, deciding which one you might deal with is slightly more complex.

It’s highly likely that when you’re shopping round for a roofing contractor that a whole load will say that they’ll come and look at the job. Some might even say when, some won’t; but either way, a large proportion will never show up. You owe it to yourself to reject the contractors that don’t show up because if they don’t show up for the estimate, imagine how they’re likely to be once the job is started (if it ever gets started). Thereafter, you’ll get the ones who turn up and then you never get the quote. Again, unless you have good reason not to, these contractors are probably worth rejecting too.

A good roofing contractor will come when they say they’ll be there to look at your job; they’ll send you their quote in good time and will give you an accurate start and finish date for the work. While there are often unforeseen difficulties that need to be dealt with; it’s up to your contractor to deal with these. At the end of the day, you’re the customer and you deserve the best possible service, particularly when you’re spending such a large sum of money.

When you’re making your contractor shortlist, you should of course look closely at the prices you’ve been quoted and probably reject out of hand any ridiculously cheap quotes or ridiculously expensive ones. Thereafter you’ll be left with a range of reasonably priced quotes. To choose between the contractors that are left, you can look at projects they’ve done before, you can ask to speak to previous clients and you can check out any slight differences there may be in their offering before making your final choice.

Either way, once you choose the right roofing contractor they will fit an approved roofing system that is backed by the data information that goes with that system and Irish Agreement Certification. This backing will give you a roof warranty for 20 years, but the real life expectancy of most roof systems that are maintained twice a year should be in the region of 45 years; which is a whole lot of peace of mind.


If your looking for a reliable roof contractor, why not get in touch?  At C & S Roofing we have a whole host of solutions that you mightn’t even have thought about yet.