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June 24, 2016


Choosing a Roofing Contractor


Choosing the Right Roofing Company for Your Home

Whenever a business advertises a new position, the manager interviews crowds of candidates. When seeking a roofing company, you should treat the process in the same way. Always contact at least three local companies to compare pricing, workmanship and advice. To vet each eligible contractor, follow the steps below.

Note: Cost is not always the most reliable indicator of quality. While important, you must also assess quality because a compromised roof will cost more long-term.

Ask for Referrals

When looking for a roofing contractor, most homeowners prefer to consult friends, families and neighbours. If contacting an unknown business, you still need to collect referrals from previous customers. While the internet can provide ample reviews, requesting referrals from the contractor can reveal much about their customer relationships.

Inquire about Worker’s Compensation and Liability Insurance

Do not hire a roofing contractor without insurance.  Should a worker get injured or your property damaged, the consequences mustn’t befall onto you.

Likewise, the contractor should have approval from the roofing manufacturer to install the materials. Some manufacturers demand a level of training or certification to operate—two things that reflect positively in the workmanship.

Research Service Guarantees and Warranties

Not all contractors will confidently offer a service guarantee. Consider what this might say about the reliability of their work. Moreover, when a contractor offers extended warranties, it often reflects the status they hold with the manufacturer. The more confidence that manufacturer has in its local talent, the better the warranty.

Some roofing companies lose the right to provide warranties because of sub-contracting. As part of your research, ask about the structure of the company and the workers it intends to dispatch.