Your roof is important.
As such, support from experienced and qualified metal roofing installers is essential if you want a metal roof that’ll stand the test of time.
Metal roof installation is a big project. The payoff is huge:an energy efficient, durable, and beautiful roof, set to last you for years to come.
Of course, this requires a lot of preparation, a lot of work, and most importantly, the expertise of a qualified roofing team.
So how do you know you’ve got the right metal roof installer on your side? What do you need to consider before you pick up the phone and ask for a quote on your new metal roof?
1) Ask about their experience
Roof installers experts go through a rigorous training process that covers everything from safety and procedure to techniques and materials.
Of course, classroom learning is only one part of what makes a qualified roofer. As a trade, metal roof installation is a hands-on profession. As such, the only way to really learn the ins and outs is practical, real-world experience.
Be sure to ask about what types of jobs they’ve done in the past.
Certain metal roofing installations require unique approaches – warehouse roofing comes to mind. This is especially important if your metal roof doesn’t fit the mould of a conventional roofing job.
Think of it as an indirect measure of how knowledgeable they are with the less predictable parts of metal roof installation.
2) Check their licence and insurance
Not everyone who wants to be a metal roofing contractor can just become one overnight.
To operate legally, metal roofing contractors have to undergo a licensing program with the Victorian Building Authority (VBA).
Prospective contractors undergo rigorous assessments of their practical expertise, safety proficiency, and theoretical comprehension.
This approach guarantees that your chosen metal roofing installation expert has the necessary knowledge and expertise to safely and effectively install your metal roof.
3) Is your metal roof installer covered by insurance?
All roofing installers are required to hold insurance.
This protects you, members of the public, and their own team in the event that something goes wrong and covers any damage that might ensue.
Choosing an unlicensed roofing installer is risky – if something goes wrong, you have no financial protection.
If your metal roofing installer isn’t insured, there can only be two reasons why:
- They don’t care enough to
- Nobody will insure them
Do you really want to entrust your metal roofing installation to someone like that?
4) What type of metal roofing do they use?
Not all types of metal roofing are made equal.
Different metals and brands have different lifespans, durability and protective coatings, all of which can drastically impact your comfort!
Before contacting a metal roof installer, be sure to investigate what materials they use.
For example, at Watermaster Roofing, we prefer to use COLORBOND metal roofing. Why’s that?
- It lasts longer
- It’s treated with proprietary protective coatings
- It’s specifically formulated to withstand harsh Aussie conditions
Most metal roofers are eager to flaunt the metal roofing brands they’re able to provide. Think of it as quality by association – why wouldn’t we bring attention to it?
Not only that, but our workmanship is only half of the equation – the other is metal roofing materials that stand the test of time!
Metal roofers who are evasive about what they use is one to be suspicious of. Are they partnered with a dodgy no-name metal roofing brand?
And even if they give you a name, that doesn’t mean you should stop there. Look up their metal roofing supplier and keep an eye out for scandals or common issues.
This could potentially save you thousands down the line!
5) Ask questions!
There’s no such thing as a stupid question, so ensure you ask all questions related to your roofing project, no matter how small or insignificant they may seem.
Your roofing company should confidently be able to provide you with expert advice and insight. This not only helps them demonstrate their expertise, but also helps instil confidence that you’re choosing a skilled team.
Two of the most common questions we are constantly asked help a potential customer understand any additional cost or time required to get their new metal roof. They are:
Can you put a new metal roof over an old one?
This is an important question as it can directly affect the cost and time required to install your new roof. In many cases, it is possible, though it may not be the most appropriate solution.
However, we can only confidently answer this question after a detailed assessment of your current roof and its condition.
How long does it take to put a metal roof on a house?
This is another question that helps a potential client understand the impact of this project on their home, family, and day-to-day life.
In general, a metal roof installation can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Smaller and simpler roofs may be completed in a shorter time frame, while larger or more intricate roofs may require more time for proper installation.
Having said that, the duration to install a metal roof on a house can vary depending on several factors, such as the size and complexity of the roof, the number of skilled workers involved, and the weather conditions.
Get the right metal roof installation expert
Contact Watermaster Roofing for your roof installation needs
Make the right call for your roof – choose Watermaster Roofing for all your metal roofing needs.
With more than 20 years of experience in both commercial and residential roofing installation, you can trust our team to provide prompt, reliable service.
In addition to installation, we can also help take care of all your roofing needs. Our holistic approach means we can cater our services to meet your unique requirements, including:
- Metal roof inspections
- Roof replacement
- Roof repairs and maintenance
- Roof plumbing and guttering
Watermaster Roofing has in fact branched from our original business, Watermaster Plumbing. So if you’ve got any problems with your roof plumbing, pipes, or gutters, there’s only one number to call!