Something as minor as a leak you notice with the first heavy rain or a bigger problem caused by a windstorm may have you looking for a Vancouver roofing contractor. Generally, this is not the type of services a homeowner rarely has need of and choosing one you trust can be a daunting task. The following are some things to look for when choosing a contractor for the repair or replacement of your roof.
Where to Begin
A roof is comprised of several elements, below the shingles are the things we don’t see, like roofing paper, even the quality of the shingles is a factor. If you can secure referrals from someone you know that is the best option but then a roofing contractor is not someone we hire very often. Check with the BBB to see which companies have unresolved disputes filed against them and make a note not to contact them.
Meeting and Evaluating Potential Contractors
Homeowners are often mystified by the lack of response to their calls from roofing contractors. And roofing contractors have certainly had their share of hard to please customers, let them know you’re only meeting with a few contractors not many. Pay close attention to the company’s representative, does he seem genuinely interested in being helpful? Ask questions about their experience, is their licensing up to date, are they bonded, do they carry general liability insurance as well as Workers Compensation.
Utilize The Contractor’s Knowledge
A contractor’s knowledge about products should be up to date so he can prove to be a good source of information, make use of his expertise. The final decision is up to you but getting information about different brands, life spans, available colors and warranties by making use of their considerable knowledge.
Whether it’s a roof repair or replacement now is the time to consider other projects. New roof vents, gutters or downspouts may need replacing in the near future or you may be considering an addition or garage. This might be the first time you’ve considered something like high profile ridge caps and how they might add to the curb appeal of your home.
Understanding and Negotiating Contracts
Before you choose the right roofing contractor for your job, you will have secured their written estimate which clearly states the materials they will be installing, quality of shingles, roofing paper, type and number of vents etc.
The scope of work, right down to removal of old materials, protection of all plants and surrounding trees and what to expect of cleanup should all be clearly written down. When comparing estimates take into consideration the materials, shingles and warranty are of a equal quality, that along with the other factors will help you choose a reputable contractor for the job.