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How to find the Best Roofing Contractor in Oxford

July 16, 2017

How to find the best roofing contractor in Oxford (or anywhere)

My Top Tips for hiring a roofing contractor

Before you start do some research on the internet about the roofing materials which are available. There are many types of roofing materials available clay or concrete tiles, slate, roofing shingles, and roofing felts for flat roofs, and and the choice of material will affect the overall budget. For example clay tiles are generally more expensive than conrete tiles. You may also be affected by the type of roofing materials in neighbouring properties. With this knowledge you won’t be going cold into discussions with a contractor about materials to be used.

Start asking friends, neighbours and work colleagues about who they would recommend as a contractor. They may have direct experience of roofing contractors or they may know someone who has such expereince. if they do know about a contractor ask whether the contractor completed the job as expected, and whether they would hire them again. Ask whther they were couryeous and polite. Local Builders’ supply shops, DIY shops and estate agents amy also have some knowledge of possible contractors you can hire. Try not just going to Yellow Pages and picking a contractor at random. In asking for referrals make sure that the job done is comparable with the job you have planned

Contact the contractor. What was your first impression of the contractor? Was the contractor pleasant and courteous? Did the contractor return your call promptly? Did the contractor set up an appointment with you within a reasonable time (usually within 24 hours)? Ask relevant questions such what employer’s liability and insurance they have, how long have they been in business, do they have a particular specialty, how many employees? If time is a priority for you, ask how soon a project could be started.

Meet the contractor and discuss the options. First of all clarify whether you need a complete new roof or whether a repair job is adequate. if it’s a whole new roof discuss the options on roofing materials to be used. Ask the contractor the following questions:

– What warranty will they give? Will they provide a warranty on both parts and labour? How long will the warranty last. For a new roof you would expect a warranty of at least 10 years
– Do they specialise in residential or commercial roofing work?
– How long will the job take? A roof can be replaced in a week or in even less time if they have a large and well organised workforce
– How long have they been in business? Normally you would want one with at least 5 years experience
– What type of roofing styles and colours will they offer? This is where your initial research about roofing materials will come in handy.
– How much will the roofing job cost? Get a written estimate. In talking to diiferent contractors make sure that each estimate is based on the same information so that you are comparing like with like
– What steps will they take to ensure the minimum of disruption while the job is done and to ensure that everything is cleaned up before they leave?
– What steps will they take to ensure the safety of their employees while on your property and the safety of anyone in the vicinity of your property?
– What liability and employer insurance do they have? Get it in writing.
– Do they offer financing schemes or payment through credit card? Will they give discounts for cash payment? How much do they want upfront and how much as each milestone is reached?
– What references will they give for recent and comparable work?

Get this information and a written estimate from at least three contractors. Make sure that the estimates contain the same quality materials; some times the lowest bid is not using the same quality materials.

Do not automatically pick the cheapest estimate. Also if one estimate is significantly higher than the others the chances are that the contractor may not want your business because he is up to his eyes already in work.

Check the references which each contractor has given you. Ask the key questions of the referees. Were the jobs completed to their satisfaction and would they use the same contractor again?

Once you have made your decision, sign a written contract with the contractor. Ensure that the contract specifies the work to be done, total cost, payment schedule, start date and estimated completion date and a written warranty. Make sure the contract includes the roofing materials and the brands and colours to be used and any additional work such as replacing guttering. Make sure the contract specifies that the contractor is responsible for cleanup when the job is done and the removal of all waste materials.

Ideal Roofing Selection 101

February 24, 2017

When one speaks of home improvements, more often than not, this is immediately connected to either interior remodeling or exterior house painting. One can easily rearrange furniture and effortlessly apply coatings of paint, but imagine an individual scaling the tops of houses to complete a metal roof installation. For the DIY junkie, remodeling and painting may possibly be a piece of cake but roofing repairs may prove otherwise. From the height alone, tinkering with the roof is already risky. Add a couple of pounds from the tools, the slippery feel of the steel and the not so soft ground (that is the only thing thatll break your fall)—an ideal equation for a concussion waiting to happen. The cost of a steel roof installation is traumatic but falling from the roof with only the ground breaking your fall is more traumatic.

Planning. Every project, be it a metal roof repair or replacements, needs keen planning. Make al list showing the pros and cons of every aspect of the installation. An example would be choosing between asphalt shingles over a steel one. The former is much cheaper but it will easily break on you. The latter is expensive but itll prove its purpose in the long run. With regard installation, the asphalt shingles does not require a rocket scientist to set up the same. For the metal, I suggest you hire a professional to do the job. This is not a simple DIY project for it entails much complexity. So if youre not that confident with your roofing skills leave everything to the pros. Speaking of the pros, Ill share with you how to select the crme of the crop.

Selecting the Ideal Roofers. Collect then select. Two simple words but these terms summarize the whole process of hiring a roof contractor. Use everything in your means in order to know the actual situation of a company. Do a research concerning their past projects, their clients (satisfied or otherwise) and their position in the industry. Look into the longevity of the company; remember that an entity will not last that long in the business if they provide substandard service. Are they endorsed by any organization? Ask your family and friends for their referrals and recommendations. If youre using the Internet, take advantage of those establishments that offer free estimates. Note if there is a huge discrepancy in the price. If there is, be quick on your steps. This may be caused by inefficient estimation/quotation done by an individual who has no idea what hes doing. Whats worse is that if he over quoted, youll ended up buying more sheets of metal or tile shingles thatll be left deteriorate. Make certain that youll be getting a licensed, bonded and insured company. You may opt to ask for their certifications, if the company cant furnish the same—go on to the next one. These are some of the tips thatll help you weed out inferior crops.

Execution of the Project. You may not be available every time the roofers are doing their work. So be sure to lay down everything you want in writing. From the materials to the time frame allotted for completion, all of these must be agreed upon before the start of the project. But to be realistic, not everything you want can be done. The experts will recommend what can be finished based on what you currently have and established on the limitations youve set. These are the signs that separate the bad from the good and the good from the better—setting realistic goals, making use of what is within your reach and doing a great job in spite the limitations.

Get Loads of Easy Diy Shed Plans

August 21, 2016

If you need a storage shed you are probably wondering how to build a shed? If you are good with tools, this will not pose too great a challenge for you. All you need is the right plans to follow for buying and building with. With the wrong plans, this can be a tedious task. In contrast, this will be a simple job if you have the correct plans.

Your first step is of course measure the spot you want to put your shed. Doing this will enable you to determine which size shed you can erect. Once the area and size are determined, it is time for you to buy your DIY shed plans.

After you purchase your plans then you have what you need to know which materials to buy. You need to get all the wood you need to the project. Additionally, you will need a wide variety of tools so make sure you have them all. Your pre-drawn scheme should help.

Once you have all your lumber and tools, you have to chop your wood to size. Having all the wood cut and prepared will shorten the assembly time a great deal.

Your first step is to lay all of the framework on the floor and nail it together. Most people today use nail guns to do this job. After the floor’s foundation is completed, check to see if it is square. At this point, you need to put the boards down for the floor. This is usually sheets of plywood cut to fit. Remember to nail the floorboards securely.

Then, lay out your side supporters and create the framework for each side. Remember to leave an opening for the door. Then place the sheets of plywood in place for the walls and nail in. Now place all outer and inner trim work onto the foundation as is outlined in the blueprint. Each plan differs at this stage though depending on the style of shed.

After the walls are up, it is time to put the rafters and framework up for the roof. Nail them in place while consulting your plans. Next, hem in the shed with your plywood for the roof. Complete any needed trimming for the wood at this point.

Connect both doors by utilizing the proper hardware. Verify that they fit correctly to guarantee they will function properly. There is nothing worse than doors that do not fit right.

Sand and paint your shed whatever color you choose. Be sure to check that you are using outdoor paint, so it will withstand weather conditions. It is a good idea to buy roof shingles for your shed, this is a personal preference and it is not necessary. Naturally, you will need to learn how to do your own shingles before attempting it yourself.

Now that you are an expert in how to build a shed, go purchase your plans. You will save a great deal of money when building you own shed over a ready-built one. You will be filled with a sense of pride each time you glance over at the shed you built on your own. So go and build your shed today!