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Ten Tips for Selecting a Roofing Contractor
Selecting a properly certified and high quality roofing contractor is important and often a difficult task for consumers who are unfamiliar with the roofing industry. Roofing in various regions are unregulated industries. It is important to select certified roofers who will be in business to honor their warranty in the future. There are a large number of roofing contractors who are not certified and have both low quality installations and poor workmanship. The average start-up business is usually closed within three years, and may be out of business when potential roofing problem could arise.
The following are tips and important questions that can help you select a professional roofing contractor…
- An established company will most likely be around in the future should any problems arise.
- An established contractor should be able to provide a business address, phone, and email. A permanent business address is a sign of a stable company.
- Subcontractors are often paid on a per job basis, which can result in poor workmanship as the job is completed as fast as possible.
- All job specifications and prices should be supplied in writing. Established companies with strong financial stability usually do not require a deposit. Deposits are common, be wary of any contractor requesting more than 1/3 of the cost of the project.
- Research all potential contractors on the Better Business Bureau and your local Chamber of Commerce. Look for the overall business rating and keep in mind the general size of the company when checking for complaints.
- This is important as an established company should be in good standing with the WSIB and have liability insurance.
- A strong established contractor should be a member of trade associations.
- Certified contractors can offer stronger warranties on the products they install and follow stricter installation guidelines.
- A contractor who offers emergency service will be able to address a serious problem quickly, even after regular business hours.
- An established company should have a long list of satisfied customers who are willing to be contacted.
How Long Has the Company Been in Business?
Does the Contractor Have a Permanent Business Office Address, Phone, and Email?
Does the Contractor Use Subcontractors?
Does the Company Supply a Written Contract and Estimate (And Do They Require a Deposit)?
Check to See If the Company Is a Member of the Better Business Bureau and the Local Chamber of Commerce.
Is the Company Registered With the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Do They Have Liability Insurance?
Check to See If the Contractor Is Part of Local and National Industry Associations.
Look for a Contractor Who Is a Certified Installer of the Products They Offer.
Look for a Contractor Who Offers Emergency Service.
Ask the Contractor for References of Previous Customers.
Never decide on price alone. In an unregulated industry anyone can become a roofing contractor. Self-proclaimed handymen can provide a lower price and substandard workmanship. Always look for differences in materials and job specifications when comparing quotes.
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