When the time comes to have your roof re-shingled, it can often be a daunting task to find good companies and more importantly to decide which one you will choose to complete the necessary work. Rest assured, there are very good companies out there, but a little homework on your part will make your experience much more positive and ensure that the work is well executed.
The first step is to contact several companies to have them evaluate and inspect your roof. A minimum of 3 different quotes is recommended. It is normal to wait a few days for a company to do an inspection/quote but you shouldn’t have to wait more than a few hours to receive a return call when contacting their office (during normal business hours). Waiting ten days for a response or having to call 4 times to get someone to call you back may be a sign of things to come. Also, when looking through your estimates, make sure that the companies are offering similar products and materials. One company may be more expensive but offering you something of greater value. Don’t hesitate to ask questions.
Please be weary of "Fly-By-Nights" roofers. Legitimate companies cannot compete against roofers who do not pay for WSIB, mandatory liability insurance, and other costs to ensure employee and client protection. You may save some money by dealing with them at first, but the risks to you are quite significant. Deposits should never be made in cash as it is not traceable should the roofer never show up to perform the work agreed on (it is not as uncommon as you think). Names and complete addresses are important so you can locate them when problems occur.
Most people are not aware that it is the homeowner's responsibility to ensure that the workers they hire are fully insured and have employee insurance with the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB). Protect yourself and be sure to ask for these documents. All reputable companies will be able to provide you with them promptly.
Rancourt Roofing is dedicated to answering all of your questions and concerns. We will gladly explain our proposal and even help you sort out our competitor’s proposal. We provide a 10-Year unlimited Labour Warranty.
|+||Insure for Property Damage- should carry minimum of $1 million in Liability Insurance ($2 million preferable)|
|+||Employees covered by WSIB (if company uses sub-contractors, make sure they are also covered). Fall Protection accreditation.|
|+||Referrals readily available (hundreds of jobs over a period of several years). Can also visit current jobs.|
|+||A written and signed contract is provided as well as payment options and receipts.|
|+||Workmanship warranty is written on the contract. Repairs and Post-Job Service is an integral part of a reputable company.|
|-||Can he compensate for potential damages done to your property, person or vehicles?|
|-||Even if he is covered with his employer, he is not covered while on your house. Is he accredited?|
|-||Can you verify his track record?|
|-||Messy proposal? Cash Only? No Receipts?|
|-||Worthless workmanship warranty. Client has little recourse if work is not done properly. Will you find 'Rob' in a couple of months?|
Your home is likely your most important investment and paying for a new roof to protect this investment can sometimes be quite daunting. When choosing to replace your roof with Rancourt Roofing, you can opt for one of the many Snap Home Finance programs we offer. Easy and affordable, you can securely get pre-approved in minutes by clicking on the Snap logo below.