DON’T BE A VICTIM OF ROOF FRAUD CONTRACTORS.
WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW BEFORE HIRING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR?
Roofing contractors are the most inspected trade from customers more than any other sector in the construction industry. The nature of this job does not allow for any mistakes, since any small issue may lead to enormous damage of your property.
There are thousands of contractors out there offering roofing services. While a lot of them may do a satisfactory job, When it comes down to choosing your contractor, it is more a matter of trust and credibility and personal preferences.
Be aware of one-night-stand roofing contractors and scam artists that show up at your door. Before you sign up the contract make sure you have the right answers to these important questions:
1.Are you licensed?
If you are a roofing contractor, it is required to have an up-to-date license. It is very important for a roofing contractor to understand and meet the requirements of the Ontario Building Code (OBC).
2.Do you have liability insurance?
Liability insurance covers accidental damage that may happen to your property during the working process. If the contractor has no insurance liability, you could end up being responsible to cover the damage, which could range anywhere from a broken window to a burned house.
3.Do you have WSIB coverage?
WSIB stands for Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and it is workman’s compensation insurance.
WSIB coverage is not cheap and most of the roofing contractors take the risk. If an uninsured employee becomes injured while working on your property, there is the risk that he might sue you and you may end up paying his medical bills for the rest of his life.
4.What will be the warranty on my roof?
A roof warranty depends on the type of material used.
It can be 25 years, 50 years or a lifetime warranty.
When it comes to warranty don’t simply taketheir word for it;
Ask to have it signed from the roofing contractor and keep your copy.
5.Do you provide a written estimate cost?
A detailed estimate can save you a lot of headache and misunderstandings along the process. An estimate sheet includes details such as protection of your landscape, removal and disposal of the old roof, adding new elements in the roof or anything that would come up in the process. Before signing the contract, make sure you review all these details and the company policy.