HOW TO AVOID UNLICENSED CONTRACTORS
Now that the dust has settled, or at least the rain has let up, we would like to offer some advice on selecting a roofer to perform work on your home. Your home is your greatest investment and a true definition of the Canadian dream.
Risking your most prize possession by using the services of unlicensed contractors or contractors that are working outside their classification is just dangerous. You see, a licensed roofing contractor is qualified by manufacturers for the materials they install and heavily regulated by the state in order to protect the homeowners and the homes they have worked so hard to own. Specialized insurances, bonds and licenses are what make a professional roofing contractor stand out head and shoulders above the rest. Ultimately, a professional roofing contractor is not only worried about your investment but theirs as well.
We see so many community forums where a vulnerable homeowner is desperately seeking the help of a roofer to stop a leaky roof, replace an existing roof system or looking for a new roof for that beautiful custom home. Many of the forums that All Weather Exteriors is recommended in, we also see the names of companies and individuals that are not licensed, working out of classification or just an individual, illegally offering his services.
“If you think it is expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.” – Red Adair
Although it is great to be able to reach out to the community and get the referrals of other homeowners in the same situation, it is imperative that you also check the qualifications of the Roofing Contractor prior to calling them, or signing a contract with them.
Here are a few steps to help you find a qualified professional:
- Hire only state licensed contractors.
- Check a contractor’s license number. Verify that the roofing contractor you hire has the required applicable business licenses for your state or local area.
- Confirm that the Roofing Contractor has workers compensation and liability insurance specific to roofers.
- Ask the roofing contractor for a list of references and past clients you can call to find out if they were satisfied with the work done on their roof.
- Research and obtain the services, fees, and warranties provided by several different roofing contractors before making the final hiring decision.
By following these 5 simple steps, your chances of having a positive experience with a roofing contractor will greatly increase.
If you, or someone you know, need assistance or would like a free estimate, please feel free to contact us anytime