What to look for in a roofing contractor

Choosing a roofing contractor to trust with your home is a challenging decision for many homeowners. The probability of something going wrong is higher if you do not spend enough time selecting a roofer. Gone are the days when you could just pick up a copy of the yellow pages and find someone who would turn out to be good at their job. As contracting becomes big business, there has been an increase in cowboys who are just looking for a quick score. Here are a few tips to help ensure you choose wisely.

 

Company history

Looking at the company history of a business is a great place to start. Businesses which have been operational for a long time are a sign of stability. The chances of them folding and you losing your money are slim. Also, f they have been in business for a long time they should know what they do right?

 

Experience

Has the company carried out many jobs similar to the one you want them to do? Take the case for roof coating as an example, not every roofing contractor has successfully carried out tile roofing jobs. Experience means they have an established process polished over time to deliver great results to their customers like you.

 

Professional body membership

Easy Coat Ltd are a member of the Approved Trader Scheme. This is just one example of a professional body in the trades business sector. When a company joins a trades association, they are showing their commitment to serving their customer’s needs in a professional manner. They also commit to follow the code of conduct of the association when conducting their business. This helps to ensure customers are treated fairly and it may offer additional guarantees independent of the contractor.

 

Insurance and Guarantees

Never hire a contractor to work on your roof without asking for their insurance and verifying that it is current. If anything happens to your roof or any other part of your home while they are working, you wouldn’t want to find that they are not insured after all. A contractor who offers an independent insurance backed guarantee will instill confidence and offer you peace of mind.

 

Now that you know the things to consider when hiring a roofing contractor, also remember to get at least three quotes. Company history, experience, professional membership and insurance/guarantees will help you choose the best contractor for you.

 

 

 

 

Should you be considering tile roof coating for your house?

As trends go, the roof coating trend has been ongoing for a few years now. If you’ve considered roof coating before, is now the time to jump on board? This article will briefly discuss what signs will tell you whether you should be getting your roof tiles coated or not. The humid UK climate presents the right conditions for the growth of moss and other fungi. Regular maintenance of your roof will ensure that it meets or exceeds the average expected lifespan. However, due to the resilience of roofing tiles, many homeowners delay making the necessary preparations until nature takes its toll.

 

Is that moss on your roof?

Moss grows readily on roof tops because they remain undisturbed for years on end. The moisture rich environment ensures colonies spread readily which may accelerate tile deterioration and make your roof prone to leaks. Moss and lichen also discolours roofing tiles, can hold more than 30 times their weight in water which puts additional weight on the timber structure. Once moss takes root the colonies will expand leading to more damage to your tiles. The roof coating service by Easy Coat Ltd involves cleaning all growth off the roof, applying fungicide to prevent regrowth and applying Renotec, the specialist roof coat solution to protect your roof.

 

Does your roof leak?

Over time and due to the effects of natural wear and tear, most roofs eventually develop leaks. Regular inspection and maintenance will catch most roof tile problems before they become serious. However, if your roof has been neglected and beginning to leak, getting it repaired and a coating applied will considerably increase the life left in it.

 

Professional roof coating service

Easy Coat Ltd specialise in roof renovation and tile roof coating using internationally certified products. Designed for performance and durability, Renotec is one such product. With an industry beating insurance backed guarantee, Easy Coat Ltd will ensure you have peace of mind when you hire them to work on your roof.

 

 

 

How to spot a rogue roofing contractor

When you watch an episode of rogue traders or cowboy builders, you wonder how homeowners could have fallen for the scams. However, be reminded that the individuals featured in these programs have had time to perfect their trade (if only they spend the time in developing great building or roofing skills). They are very persuasive and sometimes use high pressure sales techniques. So how do you tell the good ones from the bad and what techniques should you watch out for. Read more to find out.

 

We are just working in the area for today

Anyone who knocks on your door, makes you an offer and expects you to take it right on the doorstep is someone you should be worried about. A roofer may know on your day and tell you they are working on one of your neighbour’s roof and have some material left over. They have noticed you have similar type of work needing doing. You are on the back foot already and are being forced to make a decision you haven’t planned on. Be wary.

 

We will give you a 50% (or another huge discount if you pay today)

Never part with any amount of money upfront on the doorstep or without a written quote, a schedule of payment and knowing exactly what the money is to be used for. Anyone running a business should have the cash flow to cover some material purchase. If they expect you to pay upfront, then you should be very careful and either ask for more time to think about it or just tell them you’re not interested.

 

Easy Coat Ltd are a roofing contractor offering concrete tile roof coating services. They operate in a transparent and open way and will always give you a written quotation for any work you need doing. They are fully insured, use high specification certified products and offer a 10-year product guarantee. For added peace of mind, they operate an independent insurance guarantee scheme for further protection. Find out more about the services they offer by visiting http://www.easycoatltd.co.uk today.

 

 

 

What makes a roof coating product worth your money?

As the number of companies offering roof coating services has grown, so has the number of roof coating products they use. Choosing the right company to do this job for you is as equally important as the products they use. The difference between achieving the desired result and wasting thousands of your hard earned cash can lie in the quality and properties of the product your contractor uses. Make sure your chosen contractor is experienced at this type of work, employed skilled and specially trained staff and has a reputation for delivering quality workmanship.So what are the characteristics and properties you should ask for your chosen product to deliver? Read ahead to find out.

 

The coating product any company worth considering uses should be certified to European and International quality standards, this shouldn’t be an exception. Below are the four characteristics to consider.

 

High tensile strength

Once applied, the coating material should have the tensile strength to stick to the tile surface, while retaining its flexibility for years.

 

Adhesion

The adhesion properties of the coating product is a critical property. Unlike inferior products which cause the individual roof tiles to stick together, Renotec and other quality certified products will adhere to the tiles and continue offering the protective function for many years.

 

Permeability

Many tile coating products claim to be 100% waterproof but will prevent the natural breathing process the tiles go through over time. A coating product worth spending money on is permeable and allows moisture to escape from within the tile as the weather outside changes.

 

Water resistance

Water coming through the tiles will eventually reach the timbers supporting your roof. Retained moisture is the leading cause of damage to roofing timbers. The tile roof coating product protects your roof from water ingress and is water repellant.

 

A tile coating product certified to European and International Standards (DIN, EN, ISO) for the characteristics above must be your only choice. Make sure the company you intend to use can provide reassurance that their product of choice is indeed certified. Although most companies will provide a guarantee on materials and labour, Easy Coat Ltd offer added peace of mind with an insurance backed guarantee program, too.