If you notice that your roof is leaking or that it is older than its useful life, it may be time to call a roofing professional. This person can take a look at the roof, diagnose any problems that it may have and create a plan to fix them. Professional contractors may also be able to go over material choices and come up with other ideas to make your roof look and function properly. What should you ask a roofing professional before hiring a person or company?
1) How Long Have You Been in Business?
A company that has been in business for many years is likely to have a good track record of meeting customer needs and expectations. Ideally, you want somebody with many years experience or somebody who works with an experienced professional. It may also be a good idea to ask for referrals or testimonials from previous customers.
2) Are You Licensed, Insured and Bonded?
Contractors who are not licensed may not have a complete understanding of what they are doing. They may also be more likely to take your money without completing the project. Contractors who are not insured or bonded may not have the resources to pay for injuries that occur on your property or damage that occurs to your property.
3) When Do You Need To Be Paid?
In many cases, a contractor will ask for half of the balance owed at the start of the job and the rest upon completion. This allows a roofer to buy supplies, pay subcontractors and pay him or herself for time spent on a job site. Withholding some or all pay until the job is completed ensures that the job will be done right or the contractor doesn’t get paid for his or her efforts.
4) Do You Offer Financing?
Many contracting companies will offer financing of some sort. This may be beneficial to homeowners who have no choice but to replace some or all of their roof but don’t have the thousands of dollars it takes to pay for the work. If a contractor doesn’t offer financing, you should look into getting a credit card or making some other sort of arrangement that works for both you and the person doing the work.
5) Do You Have a Warranty?
Since you need your roof to last for many years, it is a good idea to ask if your contractor stands behind his or her work. In many cases, contractors either offer a warranty on the work done or a warranty on the materials used. Manufacturers may also offer warranties on any materials used to complete a roofing project. Depending on who you work with, a warranty may last for life and it may be transferable to the home’s next owner.
A roofing Toronto contractor can help you make your home look great and make it more comfortable as well. However, it is important that you ask questions and get as much information as possible before you choose to hire someone. Otherwise, you may be stuck with a job that takes months to finish or is never finished properly despite spending thousands of dollars to complete it.