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Finding a roofer

Roof work is something you should never attempt, even if you’re up for a bit of DIY. It can be extremely dangerous, which is why getting the right professional is so important. Plentific can help you find your ideal roofer by generating a bespoke list of the best options in your local area, each of which will have a website profile where you can inspect their reviews, qualifications and past jobs. You can also gain protection for the job form the Plentific Guarantee by hiring a verified Pro.

What do you need to know about hiring a roofer?

Before making a final choice it is a good idea to have a roofer assess your personal situation. This can give them an idea of the materials and skills required and help them with your quote. Gather a few quotes to compare, but make sure they cover the services you specifically need. You may need more specialist services in leadwork and thatching, and there could be potential complications that could affect your price breakdown. Be prepared to take advice as well; you may find there are ways for you to save money.

Roofing can be a dangerous job, so you want to be sure of your choice’s professionalism as well as their experience. They should definitely have a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card (CSCS), as this will not only speak for their skills but also means they have passed a CITB Health, Safety and Environment Test. Membership in an organisation like the Institute of Roofing is also a good sign, though you can also check the grade of someone’s membership. Ensure that your choices follow appropriate safety procedures. On-the-job injury as a result of safety negligence will benefit no-one. If you have been working with other tradespeople it is likely that they will know a roofer that they can recommend. Even so, be sure to look at the experience of your choices. Have they completed similar jobs in the past and, if so, can they provide customer reviews or photographic evidence?

After assessing the job your choices should be able to offer you an hourly, daily or fixed rate. Ask for a price breakdown, as this can help you avoid hidden fees or going over budget, and be sure that their quote covers the cost of materials. In the event that they need to bring in additional workers or materials, ask them if this will affect the quote they gave you.

Prior to signing, ensure that your choice has adequate insurance policies and guarantees against accidental damage. Roofing is a dangerous job, requiring specialised safety equipment. They should also have policies in place in case you are unsatisfied with their finished work. Will they pay for or return to fix any damage they do, and will this incur any additional costs?

An experienced professional should be able to provide all of this information. If they cannot, or are hesitant to do so, it would be wise to continue your search.

What does a roofer do?

A roofer is an expert in replacing, repairing and installing different types of roofing. Their role can include repairing or removing broken tiles, assessing the quality of and repairing roof timbers, cutting and fitting materials, thatching or other tasks, depending on the job. They are comfortable working heights, and will usually work with plumbers and joiners on more complex projects.

How much does it cost to hire a roofer?

There is not an established average rate for hiring a roofer as the price will depend on the nature of the job. The materials required, the height and accessibility of the roof, location of the property, scaffolding needs, length of the job and the number of labourers needed can all raise the price. Ask for a breakdown of the costs and be sure to gather several quotes to compare. Payment will usually be given after the project is completed and all parties are satisfied, but on larger or more complex jobs accept that you may be asked to pay a deposit. This should never be more than half of the total quote.

Latest Roofer Jobs

Zubin J.

Customer requires quote for property that has come back with defects resultant from building survey. Still intends to go ahead with purchase but needs to know how much will cost. Excerpt of report: ESSENTIAL REPAIRS Chimneystacks Make good (remove the vegetation growth) to the top rendered flaunching, carry out render repairs to the stack and apply water repellent to the top and sides. Install new code 4 lead flashings and soakers to the abutment upstands and ensure that the top and surrounds are made watertight. Roof Coverings The tiled roof covering is subject to replacement (lack of secondary underfelt – tile defects and nail fatigue, etc.) in accordance with current building regulation requirements. A building notice is to be served to the local authority building control dept. Apply timber preservatives to the timber roof frame when the covering is removed and ensure the frame is adequately reinforced. Install code 4 lead flashings to the front bay window roof covering abutments and to the rear conservatory abutment. Remove the dilapidated timber shed from the rear and make good. Dampness Competent dampness/timber preservation contractor (property care registered) to carry out appropriate remedial work and allied repairs in accordance with Building Research Establishment Digest 245 (2007 Ed.) & Control of Damp - Historic Buildings Factsheet 8.01. Walls, Partitions & Plasterwork Replace de-bonded/damp affected wall plaster/render with renovating plasters and make good/refurbish. OTHER REPAIRS Roof Drainage Ensure the PVC joints and connections are watertight and that the gutters and gullies are cleared of excess debris and jetted through. Replace the damaged gully cover to the front, remove the spur fitting to the front left hand side downpipe and repair the damaged downpipe clip. Ensure the new secondary underfelt is suitably dressed into the guttering to prevent surface water discharge and consequential decay. Periodically clear the vat to the rear. Eaves, Fascia, Soffit Make good to the decayed timber eaves joinery prior to refurbishment. Main Roof Construction In the interests of long-term stability, install additional roof collars at every fourth rafter to the roof frame and galvanised steel lateral restraint straps from the gable masonry walls and suitably anchor them onto the roof frame at 2 metre centres. Upgrade the insulation and ensure that it is evenly laid across the ceiling joists to a depth to accord with current energy saving standards. Spotlight fittings in contact with flammable materials (fibreglass, etc.) or those at risk from moisture penetration must have fire-rated/moisture cap protection provided in accordance with BS-7671.

Joseph K.

Hi. My property has pitched roofing at two different levels. On the roof above the 2nd floor, I would like to replace two timber-framed velux windows in my loft, and carry out some repairs on the pitched roof. I would also like to remove a satellite dish and re-site the television aerial (both currently on a chimney breast) to the lower pitched roof (above 1st floor). On the lower pitched roof, as well as the aerial, I would like the chimney breast to be inspected as there are signs that moisture is seeping into the walls in the first floor bedroom below. On the entire property, I would like the guttering to be inspected as there are a couple of areas in particular which are leaking. Finally, I would like to replace two upvc windows in a couple of bedrooms and re-plaster/redecorate these rooms - I know this is not related to the roofing, but would prefer if the contract could encompass this work as well. Thanks

Bade in SE27

Construction work being carried out by neighbours. Roof has been damaged and want independent expert to come and inspect to assess whether caused by neighbours or not.

Haris K.

Cold air not rising up so fireplace not effective. Need a chimney sweep.

Latest Roofer Reviews

by Miss C.
nadeem's team replace the tiles for my bathroom and ktichen. they now look very nice, thanks for your help!
by R Z.
Having had a positive experience with EPS in August with my garden I hired them again last month to help upgrade my bathroom which is over 35 years old! EPS were extremely helpful in providing alternatives & advising me every step of the way. I am absolutely delighted with the quality of the tiling especially given the complexity of working with mosaics in a small bathroom. The bathroom looks stunning now & the quality of the work was impeccable. I highly recommend Nadeem & his team.
by R Z.
I hired EPS based on the glowing recommendations of a colleague at work. My garden was overgrown and infested with ivy which was climbing up onto the neighbouring flats. I needed someone to go in quickly and resolve the issue. EPS were very efficient & sourced a local gardener whom they supervised and promptly made my garden look neat & tidy. Everything was cleared away and they provided a very competitive price. Would definitely recommend EPS.
by Nick F.
Very good job done on repainting my house exterior. The painters were polite professional and did everything to spec.