Ready to have your home’s roof repaired or a new one installed?
Before you hit Google and hire the first roofing contractor that pops up, there are many things you should take into consideration before hiring an Edmonton roofer.
Having any work done to your roof is a huge investment - not only does it cost money but the quality of work could eventually affect your home’s value.
There are many ways you can ensure that the roofer you hire is the right person for the job. Keep reading to learn some valuable tips on how to choose an Edmonton roofer;
1. How Long Have They Been in Business?
When it comes to choosing a roofing company, you want to ensure that they are stable and established in their business.
Check to see how long they have been in operation as well as if they have a permanent address and phone number.
While that’s not to say newer companies can’t do a good job but you want to have a sense of whether or not a company is stable enough to stay in business long enough to fulfill warranties and perform repairs.
2. Are They Certified and Trained?
Asking for certification is another way to establish if a roofing company has longevity but it also signifies that the roofer will provide quality service and workmanship.
Also, you should ask about industry training. Some manufacturers of roofing products offer specific training to ensure the proper installation of their products.
A good roofer will have safety training as well - this means that not only are the risks of injury lower but that they take the safety of your roof seriously as well.
3. Do They Have Insurance?
Roofing companies should always carry liability insurance as well as worker’s compensation insurance for all of their employees and subcontractors.
Liability insurance protects your home if a contractor damages it while completing work while worker’s compensation insurance protects the contractors in case they are injured on the job.
If a roofing company does not have proper insurance, this is a huge red flag.
4. Do They Have the Proper Licenses?
In some areas, there is no requirement for roofing contractors to have licenses.
However, in Edmonton, a license indicates that a roofing company has the proven credentials and legal requisites to be working in the industry.
By checking for a license, you can find out whether or not you are dealing with a legitimate company.
5. Do They Have Any Industry Associations?
When an Edmonton roofer has industry associations, it shows that they have ties to the community and are focused on having a good reputation and improving their business.
Check to see if they are part of industry associations such as the Alberta Allied Roofing Association, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and even the Better Business Bureau.
6. Will They Provide a Written Quote?
When you are in the discovery phase of seeking out a roofer to repair or replace your roof, it’s important to get a written quote versus simply having one given to by mouth.
Written quotes hold the roofing company to the agreed-upon price, job specifications and expected timeline.
The last thing you want with spending your time researching roofing companies is to choose one that suddenly provides you a different price than before.
7. Will They Give You References?
A business’s reputation relies heavily on reviews and word-of-mouth references. You can always ask a company for some references so you can verify the quality of their work.
You can also search online for reviews - just keep in mind that reviews can sometimes reflect a person’s negative attitude or personal preference toward a company.
If you notice that reviews are predominantly negative or positive, however, this is a good reflection of the roofing company’s reputation.
8. Do They Offer the Services You Need?
The services provided by roofing contractors can vary from company to company. Therefore, you need to have an idea of what needs to be done when choosing a roofer.
Some common services offered by roofing companies include roof replacement, roofing repair, soffit and fascia and eavestroughing.
If ever in doubt, see if the company is willing to send out a roofing contractor to assess the condition of your roof to determine if they offer the relevant service for your needs.
Independent Contractors Versus Roofing Companies
Now that you know what you should look for when choosing an Edmonton roofer, it’s important to decide whether you need the services of an independent contractor or roofing company.
Even though these terms are often used interchangeably, there are some notable differences between the two:
- Independent contractors are great for quick repairs.
- Independent contractors work either by themselves or with subcontractors, so it may take longer to complete larger projects such as roof replacement.
- Roofing companies can complete larger jobs more quickly because they have a large crew on hand.
- Roofing companies cover their work with manufacturer warranties, can offer discounts and even free consultations.
- Roofing companies can work with more materials.
Because independent contractors work for themselves, you will have one point of contact during the entire project.
With a roofing company, however, you may talk with a variety of individuals during the job - but a good company will maintain open communication between team members.
Choosing the Right Edmonton Roofer
Before going with an Edmonton roofing company, make sure you get a few bids. When you compare the quotes to the information you’ve already gathered, it will help you make a more informed decision.
Try to avoid the lowest quote just to save money! Make sure the roofing company is licensed, professional and reputable.
In the end, qualifications should be the deciding factor.
If you’re ready to have your roof repaired or a new one installed, give our expert contractors at Roe Roofing and Exteriors a call!
Roe Roofing offers a wide variety of roofing products to meet your home’s unique needs!