5 Questions to Ask Roofing Contractors before you Hire Them

Homeowners routinely have to hire professional roofing contractors to perform metal roof installations, replacements, and repairs. The sometimes unpredictably extreme weather that we have here in North America can take its toll on one’s roof. Before settling down with a professional roofing contractor however, there are some key questions that should be answered.

5 Questions to Ask Roofing Contractors before you Hire Them

Can you see projects that the roofing contractor has done previously?

Irrelevant of what is being offered upfront, you want to know you’re in the hands of someone who is knowledgeable and experienced at their job. Inquire about past projects and assess their workmanship. Ignore the salesmanship, and pay heed to the way the jobsite is kept and the attitudes involved.

What exactly is included in the roof replacement, installation, or repair?

Every professional roofing contractor works a little differently and cost estimates are not always made equal. In addition, there may be additional issues that could significantly increase costs, such as building permits and local legislation. No homeowner wants to cut corners on their metal roofing installation and/or to pursue an illegal installation. Therefore, be sure to know what is included in the estimate and to inquire about if any permits or similar items are required to complete your roofing work.

What is the expectation regarding how a job site will be left at the end of the day?

Roof replacements and/or installations are multi-day jobs in some cases. Throughout this process, you don’t want to leave your house open to the elements. Also, the site should not look like a wreck. At the end of the day, the site should be as tidy as it can be, tarped where/when appropriate, and kept free from safety hazards. If there are any doubts, be sure to write this into the roofing contract prior to hiring.

Does your roofing contractor have workman’s compensation and liability coverage?

Any experienced professional roofing contractor should come with insurance including workman’s compensation and liability. If there are any doubts, seeking a document from the insurance provider addressed to you is not uncommon. A professional contractor may not be willing to go through the effort of providing such a document however asking is not offensive. In the event that someone is hurt or has fallen, you do not want them suing you for medical costs and lost wages. Always confirm that a roofing contractor has the necessary insurance in place.

What sort of warranties are provided with their roofing work?

Note that a manufacturer’s warranty only covers the materials themselves and not the labor. Thereby, it is the responsibility of the contractor to provide a warranty on work completed. A 1-year or 2-year warranty is standard among professional roofing contractors in Ontario. Be sure to have it in writing, ensuring everything is kept on the up-and-up.

No matter where in the province you may be based, hiring the right roofing contractor is imperative. By selecting correctly, you will ensure the installation is carried out properly, work is completed ethically, and that the materials used are cost-effective, high quality, and durable. These are the 5 questions to ask roofing contractors before hiring. Hopefully, the answers will shed light into what is the right option for your home.

How to Re-Roof your House with Metal Roofing

Climate-ready roofing materials like metal are in high demand across Toronto, Ottawa, Chatham, and other communities in Ontario. Among its numerous advantages, metal roofing provides high durability and greater protection to residential and commercial properties.

For homeowners looking to re-roof their home with metal roofing, doing so is a tough but straightforward process. The first step is removing the old roof which in most cases involves traditional asphalt shingle removal and disposal. Note that in many cases this is not necessary and metal roof can be installed directly on shingles. After the old shingles have been fully removed, roofing underlay needs to be spread over the wood of the room to create a new base. There are two methods of installing sheet metal roofing tiles: 1. Direct baking, where no plywood decking is required or 2. Plywood decking or over existing shingle roof. The second method is suitable for the Canadian needs. It allows to install the sheet metal roofing on plywood or over existing shingle roof.

From here, we get to begin fleshing out and getting into the nitty gritty of re-roofing your house with metal roofing. Decide on what side of the house you want to start with. Then, begin screwing in metal sheets into the wood  and through the underlay. With pitched roofs, the installation of tile profile roofing sheets is usually started at the gable, and with hipped roofs always at the hip. Now, repeat this same process on the other side of the house!

The final steps of installing a metal roof starts with placing metal trim along the edges and at the top peak of the roof. Any trim used should be bent to V-shape to fit over the ridge and then, should be screwed down accordingly. All metal trim and bottom sheet should be screwed down.

That’s everything you need to know on how to re-roof your house with metal roofing. Canadian climates, especially in Ontario, are always changing. Metal is an amazing roofing material because it is built to protect. In order to provide property protection though, it needs to be properly installed. Be sure to consult with the manufacturer or supplier of your metal roofing material to identify any additional information to consider related to its installation. We provide installation manual for those who decide to do the work on their own.

This might seem like a tremendous amount of work and we won’t lie – it is. Re-roofing a residential home with metal roofing takes a lot of man-hours. This is why so many Canadians seeking a metal roof end up hiring roofing contractors to complete the installation. Should you decide to hire professional roofing contractors, ensure that they have the experience and knowledge to do the job done right. Be sure to ask what kind of materials they use, what is included in their warranty, and know what is included under their cost estimate.

As the interest in metal roofing continues to rise and more homeowners in Toronto, Ottawa, Chatham, and other Ontario communities choose to re-roof themselves, knowing the safest, most efficient way to do so is important.