Ken Julian is a professional roofing contractor located in East Preston, Nova Scotia. Ken has over 30 years of experience as a roofer and specializes in Custom, Residential, and Commercial roofing services across Nova Scotia.
Ken says the following tips will help you choose the contractor that’s right for your roofing needs:
1. Good references
Most contractors are legitimate, and there are several ways to check if they’re a reputable business or not. One of the best indicators of their reliability is through references. Also, call previous customers to see what the company did for them and if they’re satisfied with the work.
2. Check availability
The contractor should be available to do an estimate and complete the job on time. It’s essential to ask about a reasonable deadline for completion before you leave your home or office so there are no miscommunications that could worsen the delays in the process.
3. Ask questions
When getting a quote from a contractor, ask questions about what the job includes and who will do the work. Avoid any contractor that makes broad promises without explaining everything in detail first. And keep in mind that no one can tell you 100% confident whether or not your roof requires repairs unless they inspect it onsite.
4. Get it in writing
If you receive a quote and decide to hire the contractor, make sure that all details are written on paper. All costs should be clearly spelled out, so there are no surprises at the end of the project. You also want to be aware of how long your guarantee is good for and what the warranty covers.
5. See for yourself
You should never be afraid to visit the job site; some contractors will even encourage it so you can see their work. Go and check everything out for yourself, from how they get to your roof (as this may give you insight into their experience) to the quality of materials used.
6. Finalize the price
The final step of choosing a contractor is to make sure that everything in the quote will be included in the final price. Never close any deal until you’re 100% certain that there are no hidden costs involved. And remember, as tempting as it may be to get a cheap roofing job done quickly, it’s often better to wait for a professional roofer with good reviews that will deliver quality work the first time around.
7. Include your insurance company
If you’re planning to use insurance money to help pay for the roofing project, make sure your insurance company is aware. An experienced contractor will help you work with your insurance provider and will take care of all the paperwork on their end as well.
Ken’s Final Thoughts on Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor
There are several questions you need to ask of any contractor up-front, and no matter who you talk to or what the materials say, there is no one way that’s right for everyone. The important thing is to get a handle on all the basics before making your final decision, so you can rest assured knowing your roof will be in good hands.