Hiring a Roofing Contractor

Check with WorkSafeBC (formerly Worker's Compensation Board). If the business you are contemplating hiring is not registered or not making its payments, you could be liable for the insurance premiums owing in connection with the work or service being performed on your behalf.

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A qualified contractor should have current liability insurance. If your home or personal property is damaged during your renovation project, you need to know that your contractor has all the bases covered. Ask to see their insurance certificates.

Ask for references, and don’t feel intimidated to check them. Look for a company with a proven track record that offers client references and a list of completed projects. Call these clients to find out whether they were satisfied.

A capable roofing contractor should be licensed. Be sure the roofing contractor you hire has the appropriate licenses and certifications for your area. Don’t be afraid to call your local building department to check on the requirements.

Find out who is going to be working on the project. Some companies simply subcontract the work out to another roofing company rather than having their own employees on the job. Who will ensure that the workers have the appropriate insurance and qualifications?

Keep a healthy skepticism about the lowest bid. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Many fly-by-night contractors’ below-cost bids seem attractive, but these contractors often are uninsured and perform substandard work. Remember, price is only one of the criteria for selecting a roofing contractor. Professionalism, experience, and quality workmanship also should weigh heavily in your decision.