Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

It’s far more difficult to choose the right roofing contractor in Ottawa than many homeowners realize. While the majority of residential roofing companies are legitimate businesses, the city is home to a few unscrupulous operators. And the problem is, they can look as legitimate as any other company.

Scam roofers take advantage of the internet to create very professional-looking websites. They also rely on the fact that even a poorly installed roof, using low-quality materials, will last at least a few years. So they look like a real company, and they don’t have to worry about anyone coming after them for several years

When you need roof repairs not long after getting a new roof installed, they have had more than enough time to change names and not be there to help you.

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4 Ways to Find the Right Roofing Services 

Like any other home improvement service, it pays to get a variety of quotes, and you should never choose the lowest quote, especially if it seems too good to be true.

  1. Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) – The BBB serving the Ottawa area will have a list of roofing contractors that you know are legitimate businesses. 
  2. Check Their Address – Even if their address is in Ottawa or the surrounding area, double-check. Many illegitimate operators will use any address to make their business look real. But they aren’t actually located at the address and you have no way of knowing where to find them if you have a problem with your roof. 
  3.  Check Insurance and Registration – Professional roofing companies should be able to show you certificates of insurance covering you, your property and their business for any damages that happen during your new roof installation. They should also be registered with the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB).  
  4. Listen to Your Instincts – If anything sounds too good, especially compared to what you’ve heard from other roofers, or if a company asks for a large down payment,  or if anything else doesn’t seem right, do your research. In the end, it’s your home and your money. Protect them!

To find out if you need a new roof installed, check out our article “4 Signs that it’s Time to Replace Your Roof”.

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