Your roof protects your home and you need to feel good about the contractor you are thinking of hiring. To assist you in your search, we have provided 7 tips to look for in roofing contractors for the Edmonton metropolitan region.
#1. Local references and roofing testimonials
Investigate the track record of any roofer or contractor you consider hiring. Local experience is important, Look for companies that are established and have earned a good reputation in your community. They earned trust from their community and they will have a sense of responsibility to keep their reputation intact. Fly-by-night roofers are just that; here today, gone tomorrow.
Ask for a list of recent customers and call them. Get recommendations from friends, relatives, neighbours, and co-workers. Check with the local Better Business Bureau to see if complaints have been lodged against any contractor you’re considering.
#2. Licensing and Insurance
You are at risk if you decide to hire a roofing company that is unlicensed and uninsured. Why? Because if something goes wrong, such as a contractor being injured or your home facing damage, you put yourself at risk of being on the hook for repairs and damages! A reputable roofing company will have a business license, WCB insurance, and general liability insurance. He should be willing to provide proof if asked.
#3. Professional Presentation with Good Communication
The roofing contractor should consider your needs versus your wants and provide you with options that fit your budget. He needs to explain everything in a timely manner and in such a way that you understand the full process.
#4. Expect a Written Quote with full transparency
Get a detailed quote before any work begins with a breakdown of both labour and materials and make sure that includes any oral promises. It is always a best practice to get multiple quotes and then you can compare apples to apples. Ask for explanations on price variations, and don’t automatically choose the lowest bidder. Make sure get a final copy of any documents that you have signed.
#5. ASK WHO IS DOING THE WORK
Most companies use sub-contractors. Braymar Roofing does not! We are a family-run business and we show up to do the work with our own crew. We specialize in installing asphalt shingles, skylights and sun tunnels. If you require additional related services like eaves toughing, and exterior siding, we certainly refer you to someone we consider trustworthy.
#6. Works with high-quality products
A reputable roofing company will offer you a variety of shingle and roofing products that you can pick from. If they do not offer you options in price, colour, or style, they’re not looking out for your best interest.
#7. Written Warranties
Your roofer should provide a written warranty on their workmanship PLUS a written manufacturer’s warranty for the materials. If the manufacturer has certified your roofer, you can even get an optional extended warranty.