Inspecting your roof is not something most homeowners do very often. The process of getting on top of your home is potentially dangerous and even terr
Inspecting your roof is not something most homeowners do very often. The process of getting on top of your home is potentially dangerous and even terrifying for some. Most homeowners will wait until they can visibly see an issue from the ground, like shingles that have broken, lifted, or blown off before they consider a roofing repair. Like most parts of your home, your roof will require periodic maintenance, repair, and perhaps even a replacement.
To help you in the process of finding the right roofing company, here are 5 tips for choosing the right roofer.
Looking at your family, friends, and neighbours for a recommendation is always suggested with any home renovation project. Having a trusted friend refer to a contractor will help alleviate some of the uncertainty of choosing the right roofer for your needs. In these cases, chances are you have already seen the companies work at your friend’s house, you just didn’t know it.
Your roofing contractor should be able to provide you with different options for your shingles, be it either in style, colour, or structure. If the contractor only offers one product or doesn’t provide you a choice, they may be looking out for their own benefit over yours.
Look at Reviews
Curious about what experience other clients have had with the same roofing company? Looking at online reviews will give you a feel for those experiences. You will be able to see reviews from Google and other review sites, including those that specialize in home renovations. Look at both the good and bad reviews to fully understand what the experience with that particular roofer will be like.
Ensure Full Warranty Coverage
Not all manufacturer warranties will cover the workmanship, make sure that you get the warranty explained in detail and in writing. If there is an issue with the installation or even the product, it may take months or even years for the signs to show. Having a warranty that covers both the shingles and the installation is a must in these scenarios. If there is no warranty, or if the company goes out of business, you will need to pay another contractor to fix the work of the previous roofer.
Ask for proof of Insurance
There is a potential of injury or property damage with any renovation project, but having a crew going up and down ladders and working on your roof increases the likelihood of a slip and fall or for a stray shingle to hit a neighbour’s car. Make sure you see a copy of the roofing company’s insurance papers covering both the workers and any potential property damage. If the company doesn’t have insurance, you could be held responsible for any injuries or damage.