What to Ask a Roofer When Planning a Roof Replacement Project
It is said that having a roof over your head is one of the greatest blessings you can have. Every house needs to have a solid roof and one also needs to ensure from time to time that the roof is being well maintained and seek professional help for any type of wear and tear.
With so much duplicity and lack of professionalism in the market today it is very important to put your money in the right place. You must enquire about a particular contractor before hiring them to replace your roof and must ask them a lot of questions to make sure that you get the value for your money. Following are a few of the questions that we have listed for you that you could ask your contractor:
How Can You Physically Track Them Down?
It is very important to know the exact physical location of your contractor’s office. This is essential because if there ever comes a situation wherein you are not satisfied with their service or need to get in touch with them for any other matter you can directly reach out to them by going to their office in case they don’t pick up your phone. You should be careful of any contractor who refuses to
give you their address, it is a red flag for being shady.
Ask Them To Show You References
When you will see them sharing a few of their references with you, you will get a general idea of the standard of their service and the quality that they can provide you with. This will give you an additional edge as you’ll be able to garner more information. It can always be a mistake for you to blindly trust your contractor without going through any of their references.
Do They Offer Valid Insurance?
One must always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. Insurance is bound to provide you with a sense of security. There are usually two types of insurance you need to ask your contractor to provide you with- workmen’s compensation and liability insurance. Workmen’s compensation refers to the compensation that the contractor is liable to pay for the medical bills in case any workmen are injured while fixing the roof. Liability insurance is the compensation that the contractor is liable to pay in case of any damage done to
the roof or material by the workers while providing their service.
For How Long Will They Offer Warranty?
Warranties in the case of roof replacements are offered mostly for around a year but some of the contractors offer warranties for longer periods. You must always try and get a deal wherein the warranty is longer so that you are saved from the trouble of spending on maintenance and repairs for longer.
Pests Exclusion Strategies?
Your roof is designed to handle years of wear and tear, but common pests, like birds, termites, mice & rats, bees and ants, might result in costly unexpected repairs. A good roofer should consider that and should have already worked with reliable pest control companies to implement pest exclusion solutions to ensure longevity of your new roof.
For Vantage, we work with Pestcheck, a local pest control company that services West & North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, Richmond, Coquitlam & Tri-Cities area. In order words, wherever we offer our roof replacement service, Pestcheck can help you pest-proof it.
Exterior Appearance Considerations?
During a roof replacement project, it’s also essential to consider the exterior appearance of your home. Working with a professional house painter can ensure that your home’s exterior is properly maintained and complements your new roof. A trusted house painter, like All Painting Burnaby, can help you choose the right colors and materials to enhance your home’s curb appeal and value.
Do They Have A Valid License?
It is crucial to know whether your contractor has a valid license or not to be well with the rules and regulations of the law and order. There are two types of licenses- a business license and a roofing contractor’s license. The business license is generally for taxations on the other hand the roofing contractor’s license gives the contractor the validity to work as a roofer.
Start & Completion Date
Roofers can be slow at getting started and often abandon the job if there are no deadlines. You may also want to choose one who will arrive as soon as possible because that limits your chances for developing more problems with roofs.
How is payment handled?
It’s important to know what kind of payment schedule and methods a roofer accepts before working with them. Most will ask for an upfront deposit. If anyone asks for a larger deposit than other companies, avoid them.
Turn to Vantage Roofing for quality roofing installation. Our countless successful roofing projects can assure you that we’re the experts you can trust. Call us at (604) 332-1253, and get a free estimate. We serve clients in Burnaby.