A lovely day for a new roof. Mrs S asked us last year to replace the roof on her garage. The lady had been conned by a cowboy builder who hadn’t done what they said and installed the felt incorrectly.
We tried, in vain, to contact the person responsible. As usual in these cases, the mobile number wasn’t answered and the company ceased to exist.
Some of the basic procedures to ensure you don’t get ripped off by cowboy builder:
Make sure the company is a members of CITB – this is a legal requirements for ALL construction companies and individuals. Ask for their CITB number.
Ask to see public liability insurance – again, a legal requirement, if they don’t have one or cant produce one, tell them to leave.
Ask for references
Never pay money up front for work, not a deposit, not for materials, nothing. Only pay when the work is completed, all reputable companies will do this.
Anyway, back to this project. As you can see the weather was fantastic if a little cold, we replaced the dormer roof covering, removing the existing felt that was starting to leak and replacing with a far sturdier GRP roof covering.