16 Jan Picking a Roofing Contractor: How to Get A Good One
Now before you say anything, I know you’re probably thinking this is a potential conflict of interest! This blog isn’t going to be focused on why you should hire Peak Roofing, but rather attempt to present an objective set of guidelines to help all homeowners when picking a contractor (aka written in such a way that the information is beneficial to homeowners all across North America). Having said that I absolutely believe that Peak Roofing is the best option for your Hamilton roofing project!
The first step in picking a roofing contractor is to make sure you are getting your roof done at the right time. Too soon and you leave money on the table if you have any life left in your shingles, but too late and the damages can be severe. Having said that it’s better to err on the side of caution. Here’s a list of 7 warning signs that you need a new roof.
The next step is lining up estimates. It’s always a bad idea to just get one. Our recommendation when picking a roofing contractor (which is backed up by other roofing professionals) is to get a minimum of three quotes. Just getting one estimate can lead to nightmare scenario’s such as this. Do your research first and make sure that you get quotes from companies that seem to be in good standing in the community. Methods you can use to check that are if they have a quality website (a high ranking on Google usually shows that they are a legitimate company), as well as Homestars reviews and a presence on the Better Business Bureau. Aside from that, get a feel for the estimator when they show up. Are they on time (if they can’t keep an agreement like an appointment, how will they do when they’re responsible for your whole roof)? Do they keep open lines of communication? Is their sales presentation well prepared or do they seem like they’re winging it?
Next, make sure that the companies have the proper accreditation. This means picking a contractor who has workmans comp, liability insurance, WSIB and Fall Arrest. If they do not have these things YOU can be held liable for any damages and injuries that occur on your property while they are working.
Finally, don’t underestimate the power of your gut feeling! If picking a particular contractor gives you a bad feeling or a sense that they can’t be trusted, use somebody else. There are more than enough companies in the Hamilton area that will provide you with a quality roof to not bother risking your security on picking a roofing contractor just because they may are cheap.