Finding a qualified, professional, and quality roofing company can be a challenging task. Not to mention the fact that there are no specific qualifications required to call oneself a roofer in Canada, there are also a long list of potential roofing professionals in most major cities including Vancouver. That being said, the trick is to find a quality roofing company, and there are steps a homeowner can take to find a successful and experienced professional to provide excellent roofing repairs or replacement. So how does a home owner go about choosing a roofing company? The following steps will help you weed out the best from the rest.
Obviously, you want to hire a roofer that has the skills and experience to provide quality work. First, start with roofers that are accredited by the Better Business Bureau, but also ask for evidence of qualifications. The best roofers attend courses that offer training for specific roofing applications so ask about their training and quality control processes.
Record of Success
Next, look for roofers that can provide you with a record of success. Past performance is always a good indicator of future success, so you should ask potential roofers for a list of customers that can verify the quality of their work. Moreover, you should ask past customers about their working relationship with the roofing company, as well as whether or not the jobs were completed on time and on budget.
Warranties and Guarantees
Most roofers will offer similar warranties and guarantees, and while roofing materials generally fall under the warranty offered by the manufacturer, labour and construction should be guaranteed by your roofer. In addition, you should also find out how long the roofing company has been in business. Even the most inclusive and extensive warranty will only be good as long as your roofing contractor is in business and evidence that a roofing company has been established in a community will give you peace of mind regarding the quality of their work.
All quotes need to be received in writing and you should take time to carefully review all aspects of the quote. Your quote will likely include a start and end date (with provisions for poor weather), and there will also be information about workmanship guarantees as well as details of the type of roof being installed.
Another factor to consider is whether your roofing contractor carries liability insurance. There are dangers associated with roofing that most professionals never consider, so you want to be sure you are protected in case of accident or injury to roofing contractors and their staff. You should ask for proof of WorkSafeBC coverage as well as liability insurance.
Ultimately, you want to hire a roofing company that is accredited, certified, insured, and can provide references. By carefully reviewing potential roofing contractors in advance, you will have more peace of mind knowing your roof is in good hands.