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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

Nick B.

Concierge notes: Need a quote for a new standard up and over roof, complete with a new secondary lining, drainage and guttering. Property is a small 3 bed mid terrace. Please message by dashboard only, no phone calls.

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.

Predrag B.

On behalf of the customer: After the recent storm, damp and water coming through the ceiling on a side return extension with sloping roof. Possibly via the skylight. Want to organise assessment and fix ASAP. House number 16.

Haris K.

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

Latest Roofer Reviews

by Emrys L.
Miropol arrived to give an estimate when agreed and were consistently on time throughout the job. Their work was a high standard with attention to detail making the end result not only practical but also aesthetically pleasing. They considered my needs as the homeowner when working. They installed laminate flooring, tiles and stair carpet. All jobs were done to the same high standard. I would definitely use this company again.
by Anna N.
I will definitively use Miropol again and can highly recommend them to anyone. Pawel and Mirek arrived on time, have done amazing job fitting our hot towel rail, in a very professional matter and within given time frame. They are very competitive on cost, dedicated and left the area clean and tidy afterwards.
by Manu G.
worked with metin on 1 day job. very nice person to work with. very responsive to emails, and arrived on time for the job.
by Ren A.
What a fantastic pair of guys! Very rare to find tradesmen with such professional in their conduct as well as doing everything with the greatest of care, absolute attention to detail and the total satisfaction of their client being paramount to them. They would not do anything without my agreement and always came up with options. I've read the other reviews on here which said they'd gone the extra mile and have to say they really do go all out to do what it takes to do the job right, ensure all works perfectly as it should and achieve the best finish. They do not cut corners or use low grade cheap materials. I'm a difficult person to please, but they found the way to make everything work in my tiny 1.7m x 1.8m bathroom and it looks absolutely gorgeous, far exceeding my greatest expectations with a beautiful finish to boot. Their workmanship is of the highest standard and they are total gems who'll i'll come back to over and over and over again in the future.