What to Look For When Sourcing a Roofing Contractor


For the average Australian homeowner, roofing is very much an unknown quantity, and this tends to make people very wary, and for good reason, as without essential building knowledge, a botch up job could be disguised as a quality piece of work, and it is only time that will reveal the true extent of the work. In order to avoid the risk of having such an experience, here is a guide on how to source a reliable and reputable roofing contractor.

Online Solutions

Assuming that you have no friends or neighbours who have just had some work done on their roof, the best place to start with your search for a reputable roofing contractor is with an Internet search. Whether you need roof restoration in Sydney or tile replacement in Melbourne, a Google search will bring up a list of potential contractors, and you can begin to narrow this down to one or two companies. Any contractor that seems to fit the bill, should be contacted and you can make an appointment for someone to visit you at home, where you can discuss your roofing options. Asking several companies for quotes is the best way to ensure that you are not paying more than is necessary, and after some due consideration, you should be in a position to make an informed decision.

Quality Work

How does one guarantee that the contractor’s work is of high quality? If you can find one that does not require any advance payment and is prepared to offer that the customer only pays for the work when it is finished and they are happy with the end product, then you can be sure of quality work. Another thing to look for is a long warranty (10-15 years), as this also gives the consumer added confidence, and any company that does issue an unconditional warranty on all their work must be doing something right.

Awards and Accreditations

The roofing industry recognises excellent work, so look for signs on the company’s website of awards or accreditations, and with lots of happy customer testimonials, you have an added sense of security that the contractor has a good reputation, both with their clients and within the industry.

Friendly and Approachable

When talking to a roofing contractor, one should have the feeling that they are genuinely interested in what they do, and with a friendly, can do attitude, nothing would be too much trouble. If, for example, there is more than one way to carry out the repairs, the contractor should make you aware of the pros and cons of both methods, as one might have more long term benefits than the other.

Choosing the right roofing contractor is not difficult if you look for all of the above, and with some customer testimonials and previous project references, you can go ahead with confidence, knowing the work will be of the very best quality.