If you need to hire a roofing contractor for roof repairs or a roof replacement in Ontario Canada, it is important that you take your time and find a roofing contractor who meets certain criteria. If you are in a hurry and select any contractor, the quality of the work that is done may not be that great. The quality of the work directly correlates into how long your roof or repairs will last. Therefore, it is important to find a quality roofing contractor. Here is what you want to look for in a roofer.
License: Most states have laws which state that roofing contractors must be licensed. If the contractor you are working with is not licensed, it may be because they could not pass the licensing test or they didn’t want to put forth the time and effort to take the test. Not having a license is a huge red flag and not something that you should ignore.
Insurance: All roofing companies and contractors are legally required to have insurance and be bonded with the state. The insurance covers them if they fall off of your roof or injure themselves while doing work on your home. If they do not have this insurance type, they can sue you or your homeowner’s insurance. The bond the place with the state can be used if the work the contractor does is shoddy or if they cause damage to your home which needs to be fixed. If the contractor does not agree to make the necessary repairs, you can file a complaint with the state. They will send a building inspector out to examine the damage and issue a report. A mediator will then determine what, if anything, the contractor has to pay. That money will come out of their posted bond. If they don’t have a bond, there is no guarantee you will see any money.
Product Expertise: There are hundreds of different manufacturers who produce a wide array of roofing products. You have roofing products that are composed of rubber, asphalt, ceramic tile, slate, stone, wood and metal. Most roofing contractors have not worked with every single product on the market. Therefore, it is important that you take the time to find a contractor who has worked with the product you are going to use or is in expert in working with it. In some cases, manufacturers certify roofing contractors. The contractor takes a training course in how to use, install and repair that specific product. They then pass a certification test and the manufacturer states they are a certified contractor for that product. If the product you are installing or repairing has certified contractors, look to hire one who is certified.
Good Reputation: When you are looking to hire a Brantford roofing contractor, take some time to learn about the contractor’s reputation. A great place to start is the Better Business Bureau. You can pull up the company or contractor name and see if any complaints have been lodged against them. In addition to this, most counties will tell you whether a licensed contractor in their county has had complaints lodged against them. Contact the building licensing and permit office to obtain this information. Lastly, ask the contractor for references. These should be people that they have done roofing work for in the past. All of these items combined will give you a good idea as to whether the contractor does good work and is dependable, or whether their work is questionable.
Communication: The last thing you want to look for is a contractor who has good communication skills. You want to be able to communicate any concerns you have about the project or roof to the contractor. And you want to know that they are listening and will communicate with you in a manner that you can understand.