Without a doubt, roofing is one of the most important parts of your entire home.
It keeps the elements out, and the warmth in. What’s more, the roof also has a huge impact on your home’s appearance as well as its value.
Needless to say, it’s crucial that you get only the best help when it comes to something so important!
When it comes to new metal roofing, you’ll want to ensure your roofing contractor is experienced, skilled, and up to the task of performing metal roofing installation.
If you don’t, you might be left with a bad roofing job, inflated costs, and a huge headache!
How can you tell you’ve got a dodgy roofing contractor on your hands? Look out for these major red flags!
1) They can’t show their past work
Take it from us: we in the roofing business love showing off our work!
Whether it’s case studies, a branded sign placed outside a home we’re currently working on, or a couple of photos we snapped during and after a job, we love sharing successful projects.
Needless to say, if your roofing contractor struggles to share information about their previous work or a contact person for any client reference, you might want to start looking at them with a bit of skepticism!
Now just to be clear, just because they can’t show you anything right now doesn’t mean you should disregard them completely.
However, if you can’t find a single photo, positive review, video or any other kind of reference, we suggest treading with caution and getting everything in writing.
2) They don’t offer a guarantee or warranty of their metal roofing work
At Watermaster Roofing, all of our work comes with a 6-year contractor warranty.
Why’s that? It’s simple: we’re just that confident in our workmanship and want to extend that peace-of-mind to our customers!
If you ask us, you should ensure that the contractor you hire for your new metal roofing offers guaranteed workmanship.
In addition to telling you that they’re supremely confident (and competent!) in their roofing skills, it also gives you protection in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with your metal roofing installation.
Another thing to look out for is insurance.
In addition to workmanship guarantees, any roofing installer worth their salt will also be covered by insurance policies. This ensures that you’re covered should things go awry.
Is your roofing installer uninsured and unwilling to provide a written guarantee? Get in touch with Watermaster Roofing instead!
3) They can’t show their license and certifications
Roofing is a tightly regulated industry in Australia.
According to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA), it’s a job that must only be carried out by a licensed professional.
Each metal roofing installation team in Melbourne should be licensed and be able to present said license upon request.
One of the first things you should before embarking on the journey towards a new metal roof is asking to see this paperwork – whether it’s licences, permits, proof of insurance, or any other collateral you would expect them to possess.
If they continue to make up excuses or delay, you might have a dodgy contractor on your hands!
4) They don’t leave a paper trail
Before you finally decide on a roofing contractor, make sure that all payment terms are in black and white, and that they give you copies of all the paperwork.
We know, it’s annoying filing all of this away. However, this paperwork provides legal protection in the event that something should go wrong with your roof, or if a dispute should arise about payment.
We strongly recommend automatically refusing any contractor who operates on a cash-only basis. Contractors like this are hard to track compared to those who accept credit and debit cards as payments.
Not to mention, there’s little legal recourse if they take the money and run!
Another thing to note: most roofing teams will not charge you the full amount upfront.
While you’re likely to pay an up-front deposit before work starts, most reputable roofing contractors will offer payment installments before, during, and at the completion of a project.
Needless to say, if your roofer demands the entire sum (in cash or otherwise) upfront, we suggest walking away!
5) You feel pressured by them
Professional roofing contractors understand your need to budget, plan and carefully think things over before pushing through with new metal roofing.
We know it’s not a quick sell, and it’s something that requires careful considerations from the customer (you) and careful planning from the roof installation team (us!)
Dodgy roof installers, on the other hand? Many are eager for payday – in addition to rushing the installation, they’ll also pressure you into a quick-fire decision.
They also might inflate their charges or services blowing your cost beyond your initial budget.
Long story short, if pressure, manipulation or threats are made at any stage, we recommend immediately backing out and finding somebody else.
Call Watermaster Roofing for your metal roofing installation
Don’t risk entrusting one of the most important investments in your home to a dodgy roofing contractor!
Why settle for anything less than Masterful?
The team at Watermaster Roofing is committed to improving the look, function, and purpose of your roofing.
With almost 20 years’ experience in roofing (and even more in plumbing!), our team of metal roofing experts are dedicated to giving your home, warehouse, or factory the roof it deserves.
We are Melbourne’s leading team for metal roofing solutions, providing a wide range of services that includes:
- Metal roof inspections
- Roof replacement
- Roof repairs and maintenance
- Roof plumbing and guttering
Once you experience Masterful service, you’ll never need to call anyone else.