Choosing a Roofing Contractor
Feb 20, 2023 | Domestic Roofing.
Everyone loves a good horror story. Ask your friends, family and neighbours if they have had roofing work performed on their home and prepare yourself for a list of truly scary stories. In order to ensure that you do not add your own terrible tales to this list, in the future keep a couple of things in mind when choosing a roofing contractor for your home!
The first and most important thing to consider when looking for a roofing contractor is references. You wouldn’t expect to be hired for a job without references and neither should your contractor. Ask those same friends, family and neighbours for a referral. Check your local Better Business Bureau for the local contractors with the highest ratings. Finally, the best references your contractor can provide you are their previous customers, so ask your contractor if you may contact some of their previous customers and follow through!
Another important element in choosing your contractor is responsibility. Does your contractor carry General Liability Insurance? Insurance is not only for the contractor’s protection, but also your protection should things go awry on the job site. Will the contractor offer you a written estimate and contract you both sign? It is important to put the specifications of your job on paper; this ensures your contractor remains responsible for fulfilling your contract. Does your contractor offer a warranty? Most responsible and reputable roofing contractors offer a warranty on their work, and this brings us to an important factor many consumers over look. Does your contractor have an office? In the event you needed to exercise that warranty would you be able to locate your contractor again? Ask if your contractor has an office. Are they set up with a physical address and permanent phone number?
Perhaps the most important element in choosing your roofing contractor is your own instincts. Do you feel comfortable with the contractor you have chosen? Are they able to explain in layman’s terms the work that needs to be performed on your home and do you trust that they will be able to competently perform the job? When in doubt always go with your gut and you will no doubt make the right choice!!