When you are thinking of making a big investment, you don’t just rush into it. You might think about thoroughly for days. If you are the really organized type, you might even create a list of pros and cons to make sure that you are making the right decision.
When it comes to hiring a contractor for your roofing, it’s not much different. After all, new or replacement roofing is definitely a major investment. You want to make sure that the contractor that you get for the job will be able to deliver. In Canada, you can find roofing contractors everywhere. That should make choosing easier, right? Not at all! When everyone claims to be the best, how can you be sure of the contractor you choose?
Here are some factors that you should consider:
This is a no-brainer. Everybody can say that they do a good job, and some might actually do. But the more important question is, are they licensed to do the job they perform?
While we don’t say that new or “young” contractors will make a mess of your project, there are some who start to take roofing jobs and just learn as they go. It’s your home that is on the line (and your money, too). So you want to have someone who has been in the industry for a long time – this means they do their job right.
Don’t just go over the insurance papers contractors show you. Be a responsible homeowner and check if the workers’ compensation and liability insurance are all valid.
Can your contractor stand behind his work? Any contractor worth his salt will offer warranty for both the materials used and their workmanship. Make sure you discuss this with your prospects.
Does the contractor have a permanent office? Without an actual home base, it’s easier for a fly-by-night roofer to disappear in case a conflict arises.
You want a contractor you can actually talk to and discuss your project with. He has to listen and respond to your questions and concerns. Open communication is very important when you’re having any repair work done, more so if it’s a big project like roofing.
Listen to what other people are saying about the contractor. Don’t just rely on what other people hear about, though. Talk to those who have actually received the services. Now is not the time to be shy or afraid to ask detailed questions about how the contractor works, his attitude, and the materials he uses.
So really, how important is getting the right roofer? It’s as important as making sure that your family is safe from strong weather elements. It’s as important as ensuring that your hard-earned money does not go to waste. It’s as important as keeping your home in its best condition.
Looking for the right contractor may be challenging, but we can make it easier for you. George Kent Home Improvements provide top quality services and world class roofing products. Give us a call and we’d show you why choosing us for your roofing contractor is the best decision you can ever make.