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If you are looking to replace or repair your roof, finding a professional and reliable roofer is the first step. There are many roofers in Toronto area, but choosing the right roofer can be quite a challenge. To know which company to choose, one must take one’s time to carry out a bit of an investigation. By taking your time, you will distinguish roofers with great craftsmanship from the rest. Below are some tips that a homeowner can use to help them find the right roofer and get the best service for their money.
When choosing a roofer, most people tend to pay most attention to the price of the services. It is never wise to choose any service provider based on just price, since most cheap contractors have to cut corners so as to keep their prices low. Deep discount roofers probably use poor quality materials that will not last long. Find out the cost of repair or roof replacement from several roofers before settling on one. After getting quotes, compare the prices and choose the most reasonable. Since 2014 there has been a rise of field labor costs of about 12%, and therefore prices have gone up across the board, so don’t be surprised if you have to pay a little more than you had hoped; remember: you get what you pay for.
The other thing to check is licenses and insurance. Roofing contractors should have insurance coverage for all their employees and subcontractors. You should not be content until you see a copy of their insurance certificate – you can even go the extra mile and call up the insurance carrier just to confirm that it is valid. Most people might ask why they should go through all that trouble, well here’s the answer: if a roofing employee sustains injuries while in your home, it could result in litigation between you – the homeowner – and the contractor. In most provinces, all contractors are required to have valid licenses. However, that does not stop some unlicensed contractors from working illegally. For your own peace of mind, ask for a copy of the license and confirm the status. The Contractors State License Board is in charge of licensing over 290,000 contractors in the country, including roofers.
Get feedback from previous clients. Most reputable companies, such as Professional Roofers in Toronto, will have no issue giving you a list of referrals and their numbers if you ask for it. You may call them and find out about their experience with the given contractor and the quality of their craftsmanship. If you will be using a local contractor in Toronto, there is a strong chance that they’ve worked with someone you know. If this is the case you are lucky because you will get an unbiased source. Your other option would be to go online and read customer reviews. Many clients give the most honest reviews about a contractor, however, do not dismiss a contractor just because he had one bad review. Remember it is quite difficult to please everyone all the time.
Maintaining the roof on your house is an investment. You would not want an inexperienced roofer to tamper with it, so take the time and vet the roofers before hiring one.
Ryan Yarbrough is a small business consultant, speaker, and the manager at Davis Financial Services, a small business consulting firm.