Choosing a contractor
It's critical to check into the business you are hiring so you are confident that they have not only installed the roof correctly but that they will be in business to honour their workmanship warranty down the road."
Important considerations when choosing a Roofing Contractor:
Does the contractor carry a General Liability Policy? This will cover things like damage to your home in the event of an accident. If you are having open flame torch on roofing done it requires special insurance check that this is covered or your home may not be.
Ask your contractor if they are covered and do a clearance check to ensure their account is in good standing. If not, you may be liable for costs relating to an injured worker. Do a clearance check now online at the Worksafe BC site.
It is important that your contractor be in business in the future to honour their workmanship warranty (generally 10 years). Requiring a deposit before work starts may be a sign of financial trouble. A contractor with a good reputation will have credit with their supplies. Talk to friends and family to see who they have used or heard of, call the contractors supplier, and check with the BBB. These will give you a good background of the company. We have an A+ rating with BBB and have been a member since 2003.
Is the quote about materials, warranties, the installation, insurance details and clean up. A sketchy quote might be cause for concern.
Does the contractor have experience and do their crews? The installation must be done according to the manufacturers specifications in order for them to honour the warranty. You may pay less initially, but in the long run if the roof fails prematurely and the manufacturer won't warrant the product due to improper installation, you will have lost significant money.