When it comes to hiring a flat roof contractor there is one basic rule to keep in mind: don’t skimp
While going with the lowest price may be tempting, it’s not always the best option. But basing the decision to hire a contractor on pricing alone is a common mistake. Unfortunately though, this often results in a roof that’s improperly installed. One that’s more likely to experience leaks in the future.
Flat roof installation requires professional workmanship and high-quality materials in order to ensure that the job is done right, and that the new roof lasts.
Common issues with new roof installation include low-quality materials, like thin membranes or inadequate sealing materials; as well as poor installation techniques, like improperly installed flashing.
If you’re in the market for a new roof, one of the best ways to ensure that your roof will last as long as possible is to find a qualified and reputable flat roof contractor. Here are some questions that you should ask when looking for a flat roofing professional.
How’s Their Reputation?
The best way to locate a contractor of any kind is by asking around. You could also get online and look up local contractors, then check review sites to see what people are saying about them. You can also contact contractors directly, and ask if they would be happy to provide you with references. A reputable company will be more than willing to give examples of past work. Once you have the references, be sure to follow though. Contact them and ask if they were satisfied with the work.
Are They Experienced?
Try to find a contractor that’s been operating for at least five years. The longer they’ve been in business, the more experience they will have with flat roof installation. A less-than-trustworthy contractor is unlikely to stay in business for that long.
Do They Use High-Quality Products?
Some roofing contractors will skimp with the products they use to help ‘lessen the blow’ when it comes to cost. While a low price may sound appealing, you will want to make sure the products used on your flat roof are high quality. Quality products will make a difference in how long the roof remains intact and leak free for. Low-quality products, while cheaper, will leave you with repairs that will need to be made sooner, rather than later.
Do They Offer a Warranty?
A reputable flat roofing company should be able to provide you with a warranty that covers leaks and other installation defects. A one-year warranty is the minimum, although two years or more is best. A manufacturer’s warranty on materials may also be available.
Are They Licensed and Insured?
Finally, make sure your contractor is licensed and insured. This is for your protection, as well as peace of mind. A contractor who is operating without insurance puts you at risk. If they cause damage to your home you could end up having to pay for it. Most homeowner’s policies don’t extend to provide coverage for damage caused by contractors.
While price is an important consideration, be sure to take the time to vet the contractor that you’re considering, to make sure they offer everything you need. Using an experienced and reputable company allows you to rest assured knowing that your roof will be installed to the highest of standards. It could even save you money in the long run.
For more information on flat roofing installation in Toronto or the GTA, contact Essential Flat Roofing, your flat roofing professionals today.
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