Building a new extension

We loved our house from the first time we went through, but it really didn't have enough living space. We have worked on improving the layout of the home and increasing the living area of the home to create a modern and more pleasant layout to the home. We are really proud of how the job has turned out and we wanted to share some of the details of how the extension and layout changes where designed and constructed. This blog has some of the photos of our extension as well as tips that we have learnt along the journey,.

3 Things You Shouldn't Overlook When Hiring the Services of a Roof Contractor


Roofing is a huge investment for your home. If you do not get it right during installation, there is a high risk of living with several malfunctions such as improper heat insulation or a small attic that you cannot utilise for extra living space. Preferably, you should call in a professional to deal with your roof during installation, replacement and any maintenance that presents technical challenges. When hiring a roofing contractor, here are some of the things that you should not overlook to get the most of their services:

Does Your Service Provider have Insurance Cover?

Just like many other construction activities and procedures, there are numerous risks involved when setting up your roof. Workers operate on elevated platforms and use equipment that could lead to personal injury to them and other people within the site. Before going through with the deal and contracting the services of your contractor, ask them if they have worker's compensation and cover for their personnel. In the event of an accident, partial or full cover for the personnel will help you avoid costs that you had not budgeted for.

Is there Any Warranty for the Work?

A warranty is an assurance that your contractor is ready to compensate you for any damage and loss that occurs due to improper installation, quality of the materials and accessories used for the job and other problems related to the workmanship on the roof. Preferably, go for contractors who offer a warranty (even if it's just for a year), as they will deliver good quality services to eliminate any ongoing costs in the future on their part. 

Does Your Service Provider Have Subcontractors?

Basically, subcontractors are persons or business entities outside your service provider's company hired to do a certain job within a larger project. For instance, after installing a metal roof, your contractor may decide to hire another firm to apply a suitable roof coating. A great benefit of subcontracting is that it can help you cut the roofing costs significantly. However, do not just focus on the benefits that come with subcontractors and leave everything in the hands of your primary. Ask them if the subcontracted personnel are still covered by the insurance policies in place or if you will have to shoulder any costs in case of an accident. Most importantly, make sure that the warranties offered by your service provider also cover the work done by the subcontractor to avoid legal complications in the future. Preferably, put it in writing in the warranty for future reference. 


20 September 2016