Roof replacement or repair is an investment in the value, safety, and comfort of your home. Quality of workmanship and materials are important to a tight, dry, insulated home environment. As well, worksite safety is critical for workers on the roof and for people living at the site. You want to be sure the job is done right, and at a cost that is fair and reasonable for your budget. Getting the right roofing contractor is key to this result.
When Contractors Come to You
Be wary of those who come to your door or phone you, who say they see you have roof damage that needs immediate repair, and/or that they are already doing work in the neighbourhood and can offer you a great price. Sometimes this leads to unnecessary, poorly done, or incomplete work.
Watch out for those who stress how insurance can pay for a new roof after storm damage. If you are interested in one of these offers, be sure not to sign any contracts until you have checked out the contractor thoroughly.
For tips in this specific situation, please see the Government of Ontario’s video on hiring unsolicited roofers below.
Where to Find Contractors
Aim to build a list of around three roofing contractors to contact about estimates for your project.
- Online Consumer Review Websites: Websites like Home Stars can be worth checking out for ideas. Be aware that reviews, positive and negative, can be fake. People’s relatives and competitors can write them. Take them with a grain of salt if there are only a few. Read our latest roofing reviews in Ottawa.
- References / Testimonials: Personal references are still often the best. Have any of your friends, relatives, neighbours, co-workers had work done that they are pleased with? Ask them for the name of the roofing company, and what they liked/didn't like about the experience, including how well the work has held up over time. Ask also for testimonials. Read our latest testimonials.
- Search Engines: Google can help you find local companies with an online presence such as a website and social media. Check out our Facebook Page for the latest construction and roofing tips
Our next post in this series will be tips on what information you need to figure out if the roofing contractors you are looking at are reputable, experienced, and skilled.