Things to Avoid in Your Next Roofer

Things to Avoid in Your Next Roofer
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    Installing a new roof or renovating an existing one on your home can be an incredibly nerve-wracking experience for homeowners, new and old.

    Not only is it expensive, but your roof is vital to the integrity and value of your home –

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– any small mistakes or blunders could potentially ruin other parts of your house as well, costing you significantly more time and money. Therefore, it is important that you take your time while selecting a roofing contractor and don’t just jump at the first or cheapest roofer you find.

Note: Not All Roofers Are Qualified

Not all roofers are created equal, and there are a lot of unethical, unqualified, contractors out there who will have no qualms providing you with a sub-par roof, or running out at the first sign of trouble.

Since a roof is something that only needs to be redone once every 20-50 years, most homeowners have little experience working with current, capable, roofing companies and they don’t know what to look for in a roofing company, or perhaps more importantly, what to avoid.

Make Sure They Are Licensed

Avoid companies who are unwilling to provide you with details of their roofing license. Any roofer who is unwilling to show you this information, or consistently comes up with excuses as to why they cannot, is likely unlicensed. Stay away from unlicensed companies, as they are not held to the same standards as licensed companies, and if anything goes wrong, you will be without legal recourse.

Professional roofers, a reputable roofing company in the GTA, will show you their license when they present you with their quotation.

Avoid contractors whose license can’t be checked with a local licensing jurisdictions. Any contractor can show a “paper” license. The question is whether the license is legitimate and is in good standing within the community.

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Pay Only After the Project Has Been Inspected

Avoid roofers who ask you for a down payment. Some scam artists take advantage of homeowners by asking them for a down payment to buy materials then never return to complete the work. The scam artist’s numbers have changed, their addresses are non-existent, and all of a sudden you are out a lot of money.

Most reputable contractors will not require a down payment for their work – they will bill you after they have completed the job and you are satisfied with what they have done.

Tax Free is Nice – But Use of Quality Products Is a Must

Avoid roofing companies who offer tax-free deals, as that can be a sign that the business doesn’t care to follow the regulations set out by the law in their work. They may also be shirking important employee or consumer protection responsibilities as well.

Tax-free deals without receipts can leave you with no proof of agreement or payment of goods and services, which in the event of a dispute will make it incredibly difficult for you to take legal action and get your money back. Instead, you will likely have to pay twice for an unfinished or poorly completed job.

Learn About Contract Negotiations

Avoid a contractor who pressures you into signing a contract on the spot. These roofers will likely promise an exceptionally low rate or a special deal to enter you into a legally binding contract that will be hard to get out of. Take your time, get a second opinion, read the fine print, and ensure that everything you want is included in any contract you sign.

Now that you know what to avoid, hopefully you will have an easier time finding a quality roofer to renovate or re-do your roof. Like with any major investment, you need to do your due diligence and look for only the most highly qualified and reputable roofers around to ensure you get exactly what you want – a quality roof that will last you for years and years to come.

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