When you bought your home, that probably became the biggest investment you have ever made. Your chosen roofing company should appreciate this fact and help to maintain the value of your investment by offering high-quality work at competitive prices.
Replacing or repairing a roof is a huge responsibility and therefore, the job should be done right very first time. After all, a strong, quality roof helps to protect your home from the elements. Leaks, holes and any other defects resulting from shoddy work can be disastrous. Don’t take chances as your roof is the first line of defense.
To begin with, talk to your family and friends in your local area to check if they can vouch for any roofing company they have recently used. If yes, go ahead to contact the contractor and ask to provide a quote for your project. Meanwhile, you can do your background checks on the contractor as the sound decision does not come from blind faith.
It is highly recommended to get quotes from at least 3 roofing companies in Calgary so that you have an idea of a reasonable price range of costs and benefits. However, more is always better.
While going through various bids submitted, remember that lowest price does not always prove to be the best. Carefully examine the prices to see which company provides the best service, utilizes highest quality materials, and appears most capable of meeting your work expectations in the best possible timeline.
It is very important that you pick a roofing contractor that has been in business for at least five years. This will allow you to evaluate the kind of reputation that the roofing company has. Experienced roofers are often the best option since they have been there and seen it all before.
As per the law, contractors should have a license to do business. You have right to request contractor’s City of Calgary business license number and contact local licensing bureau to confirm if the company has a valid license, how long they are in business and if any complaints are filed against them in past.
You can find out whether a roofing company offers reliable customer service by asking them few references of their past clients. Don’t think that you might offend the contractor by requesting references. Reputable contractors are not offended as they have nothing to hide. Alternatively, read online reviews to evaluate the quality of work being done by them.
You can also check the company on BBB website to see if any complaints have been filed against them or contact them for more information.
A reputable contractor should hold the right type and amount of insurance. It is extremely important to ensure that contractor has proper liability coverage and property damage insurance in the event of a workplace accident.
This is another basic requirement which every roofing company with employees should meet. It would be wise decision to disregard the contractor whose employees are not insured under WCB coverage, else homeowner could be sued and monetarily liable for the injuries caused to the workers while working on their property.
An experienced roofing contractor who is confident about his quality work will not hesitate to provide a minimum of 5 year installation warranty.
Before roofers team get on top to actually start working, make sure that you have a written contract in hand, signed both by you and contractor. The contract should be detailed and specifically describe the work to be performed, details of the project, timelines of completion and payment terms. As the contract is legal document binding all parties, never sign it without carefully reading and understanding it’s all terms. Feel free to borrow some time from contractor to fully interpret the terms of the contract. A professional contractor will appreciate it and even offer to sit down to explain any part of the contract you didn’t understood. If still not convinced, you can discuss with some reputed lawyer.
If you are submitting an insurance claim for roofing work, make sure that you have followed all required procedures of an insurance company and got your project approved before actual roofing work begins.
Normally, roofing work requires getting the local municipal permit. Make sure to check with your eligible roofing contractor if you need to get a permit or he is fully aware and willing to take care of that part of service as well.
Remember, never make a full payment of project upfront. Most roofing companies won’t ask for more than one-third deposit of total project cost. It’s best practice to make payment using a check as it provides the record of payment. Using credit card can also help you recover your money, in case of dispute, without any expensive litigation.
Finally, take your time to do your research before hiring the best roofer. Shingling a roof is an expensive and vitally important task. Last thing you want is to have a leaking roof on your head, doing damage to the interiors of your home. So for all of these reasons, it’s extremely important to do your homework when searching for a roofing contractor.
Meanwhile, contact us for a free estimate and an answer to any of your concerns.