For many homeowners in Toronto, it would be safe to say that the phone number for a roofing company is not saved in a speed-dialing list, as the need for roofers might only arise once or perhaps twice during the span of time that the family resides in the home.
Since the need for a replacement roof is (hopefully) many years in the making, hiring a roofing contractor is essentially a new and novel process for many homeowners. There is certainly no shortage of advertising by Toronto roofers (flyers, coupons, lawn signs, even door-to-door canvassing), and family members or neighbours are always willing to recommend someone they know – but choosing the best roofing company in Toronto for a specific roofing job can be a daunting task.
So how does a homeowner go about choosing the right roofers for their home?
First and foremost, it will be important to obtain at least three and possibly four written estimates – in other words, invest the time to shop around and develop a list of potential companies who are willing and open to prepare a detailed description of the work (time, materials, costs, etc.) in writing. Any Toronto roofing contractor that either refuses or balks at providing written estimates should raise a red flag – what might they be hiding?
Once the list of potential candidates has been identified, each of these roofers should be asked a series of questions pertaining to their respective businesses as well as to the specific roofing work to be completed. A comparison of their responses will likely go a long way in determining which contractor is ultimately hired for the job.
Although homeowners may have their own questions based on particular circumstances, the following list will provide a basis for researching/assessing various roofers.
- Experience – How long have you been in the roofing business?
- References – Can you provide testimonials, a photo gallery of previous work, and/or addresses in the local area of homes or businesses that have used your services?
- Warranties – What are the terms relating to materials and to labour/workmanship?
- Permits – wWat are the requirements? who is responsible for obtaining any permits?
- Insurance – Do you have workplace insurance as well as general liability coverage?
- Quality – Do you send your own employees or is the work given to sub-contractors?
- Responsibility – How do you protect landscaping/personal property from damage?
- Integrity – What happens if you encounter unforeseen issues, delays, and/or costs?
- Clean-Up – Process/timing for material disposal, bin placement, nail sweeps, other?
With wide-ranging competition for roofing services within Toronto and the GTA, as well as the potential costs associated with such services, it is important for the homeowner or commercial property manager to be very comfortable with their choice of contractor. Qualified and capable roofers should almost anticipate that potential customers will ask the types of questions outlined above and therefore be completely prepared and willing to respond. One such company, with more than 40 years of roofing experience in the Toronto area, is Avenue Road Roofing.
Experience and Transparency Should Be Key Factors in Hiring Toronto Roofers
Avenue Road Roofing understands the importance of customer comfort when choosing a roofing contractor. Part of such comfort is undoubtedly derived from the diversity and depth of experience offered by that contractor. Expert field crews from Avenue Road Roofing have completed more than 45,000 roof installations and countless roofing repairs across Toronto and the GTA over the last 40 years, maintaining high standards of workmanship and customer attention regardless of the size or type of roofing project.
To view examples of the diversity and depth of experience provided by Avenue Road Roofing, visit our photo gallery.
Avenue Road Roofing also believes that transparency is an important aspect of the decision-making process when hiring a Toronto roofing contractor. To that end, all questions are welcome and will be answered with the utmost honesty and attention to detail.
To ensure your comfort when hiring a roofing contractor for your residential or commercial property, call the experts at Avenue Road Roofing at 416-785-5129 today to book your free consultation – we look forward to answering all of your questions.