Your home is one of the largest investments you will make. When it needs repairs, you try to choose the best available within your budget. Roofing is no different. You don’t want someone who will do a poor job or who will overcharge. Read on and see some common mistakes that you can hopefully avoid.
Failing to Check Credentials
In Ottawa and the surrounding areas, most tradespeople will offer you proof of their validity. That means they will have a license, insurance, and references. If they don’t mention it, you should ask. In fact, you have the right to see the documentation, especially a Certificate of Insurance that will list out the coverages and amounts and will reflect the expiration date of the policy. With a valid license, you will have a company that has passed certain tests and understand and will comply with building codes. The insurance protects you from liability if any damage happens to your property, including personal injuries. The list of references should include addresses. Drive by the location to see the finished product. If you have the opportunity to speak with the owner, see what they have to say about anything they would have changed to improve the working relationship.
Going for the Lowest Quote
No one wants to overspend. However, choosing based on cost alone can result in the roofer using inferior materials to cut costs or hiring inexperienced workers. These same people can be unreliable about when they start and the duration of the repairs or replacement. Also be careful about add-ons that will cost you more in the long run.
Warranties on materials and on workmanship vary. Be sure you understand what is and is not covered and the time limits. Hiring an unlicensed roofer can void any manufacturer’s warranties.
Get it in Writing
As you talk to potential roofers for your home, be sure to take your own notes. Then you can compare the prices and offers. When it comes time, get a written estimate and compare it to your personal notes. The same is true when it comes to the final contract. The contract should be signed by both parties and deal with everything from the materials, labor, and total cost. If something unforeseen occurs, that needs to be included as an amendment to the contract, so everyone is on the same page. Some often also include a time frame.
The roof of your house or commercial building is essential to protect the building from the weather and to maintain a safe space for your family or business operations. It is important to take care when hiring any company or person to make repairs or replace parts of the structure. These tips are provided so that you can avoid costly mistakes that could result in even more damage.
Vanity Roofing is open and above board in its operations and dealings. Feel free to contact us with any questions about roof repair or replacement.