Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

You may not want to ever think about replacing your roof, but as sure as the sky is blue the time will come, However, you don’t have to dread this time in your life because with the right contractor the experience can be quite pleasant. The right roofing contractor will take into consideration many things while preparing a proposal for the customer, i.e. ventilation and required underlayments, flashing details, the recommended shingle for your roof type, and any problem areas on the roof. The roofing contractor will also give an estimated time to complete the job, along with an approximate start date. With a good roofing contractor you can receive impeccable service and a flawless installation, so that every time you pull into your driveway after a long work day you can look up at your beautiful new roof and admire the hard-earned money well spent, knowing you'll be free from roof-related problems for many years to come. 

Here are a few tips to follow when choosing a good roofing contractor: 

1. Is the roofing company licensed with the province of Ontario? (Are they actually a company?)
2. Does the roofing company carry valid liability insurance coverage?
3. Is the company registered with the WSIB and is the account in good standing and eligible for a clearance certificate?
4. Have the company’s employees completed Fall Arrest Training and do they have certificates?
5. Has at least one employee (the supervisor) on the installation crew taken a CPR course?
6. Does the company employ its own crew, or use sub-contractors for the installation? (This will play a big part in quality of work)
7. The company should have some sort of credential or special training through the material manufacturer in order to install product properly in accordance with manufacturer’s specs, and therefore are able to offer extended warranties on the entire roofing system via the manufacturer.
8. THE WORKMANSHIP GUARANTEE... The company should be able to stand behind their work for a specified period of time.
9. Look forward to seeing a proper proposal from the company that outlines the scope of the work.

10. The lowest quote is not always the best one...it comes back to that old saying "you get what you pay for"

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