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Making a selection as to which roofing contractor to choose can be a daunting yet vitally important task.
Being able to find a contractor that works to a high standard yet for a price that is fair and competitive is something that can often be troubling to a potential customer without knowing how to properly vet the companies on their shortlist.
With a variety of charlatan organisations in operation, how do we know which company will honour their warranty or other agreements in the future?
The Best Way to Select a Roofing Contractor
This article aims to give you an insight into some of the ways in which you can take the greatest steps towards ensuring that the company you select to carry out any work are legitimate and competent enough to actually complete the project to a high standard as well as remain true to any aftercare or warranty agreements.
How Long Has the Business Been in Operation for?
Checking to see how long the company has been in operation forgives you a good indication of how well established they are in their marketplace. It also gives you a good insight into their longevity as a company.
Do They Have a Permanent Address, Phone Number, and Email?
If a company has nothing to hide and no reason to forever keep changing address and any contact information, they should consistently have the same address and contact information. Beware of mobile numbers only and always ask for a landline.
Even if you get a landline number, do check, if it’s a Google number that you can register for call-tracking or a real number that is appearing on more than just one advertising channel or business directory.
Does the Organisation Use Sub-contractors?
Often individual construction projects are paid upon completion of the job. In this way, some organizations may wish to complete the job as fast as possible so as to get paid quicker.
Often if work is rushed, elements like quality and workmanship may be less important and often left behind.
Is There a Written Contract Issued With an Estimate Prior to Work Commencing?
A good way of ensuring that both you and the organization are taking adequate measures to protect yourselves is to have a written contract or agreement between you.
This also solidifies a clear outline of what work is expected to be completed as well as which elements of the project are the responsibility of the homeowner and which elements of the project fall under the responsibility of the company carrying out the work.
Is the Organisation a Registered Member of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and Do They Have the Necessary Liability Insurance?
This is of vital importance. A reputable company should have good relations with the WSIB and have liability insurance.
Is the Organisation a Certified to Install the Products They Offer?
Certified organisations should have the ability to offer stronger warranties and guarantees as well as follow more stringent guidelines at the installation stage.
Does the Organisation Offer an Emergency Call Out Option?
A serious contractor will be able to provide out-of-hours support for issues that are of an urgent nature.
For example, if your roof is leaking in one of the cold months of the year and you need to seal the leakage to avoid further damage to the roof and interior — booking roofers for next week might not be the best option for what you will be looking for.
Can the Contractor Provide Positive References for Past Customers?
A competent contractor should be willing to provide details of customers who have had similar work carried out on their property.
A good tip is to ask for the numbers of a former customer, who you can call and ask yourself for reference.
Check a Company’s Online Reviews
A well-established organisation should have reviews from past customers available to be read online.
This may be google reviews, reviews that have been left on online business directories, and even reviews that are left on the companies’ social media profiles.
All the above-mentioned points are general guidelines because there are variables that do depend on circumstances and location, where you live.
This article is published by Anna Chris who a blogger in the home improvement niche and currently working as a project manager at Trinity Roofers Edinburgh which is one of the top roofing companies in the UK.