Most home renovations are a luxury - roof renovations, on the other hand, are a necessity. Whether your roof has been battered down by storms, or simply begun to show its age, roof repairs and replacements are essential. By taking good care of your roof, you’ll ensure that your house stays well insulated, and you’ll reduce the risk of serious water damage to your home.There are excellent roofing contractors in Calgary. We humbly include ourselves and a number of other contractors in the city in that category. In this brief guide, we’ll help you find professional contractors in Calgary, and give you tips on how to compare contractors.
Finding a professional roofer
Search the webIf you’re reading this page, you’re probably already on this step. Searching Google for terms like Calgary roofing contractors will help you find several contractors. You can even use Google to compare customer reviews. We also encourage you to browse through the websites of the contractors you find to learn more about them. Google searches don’t tell you everything, however - that’s why we’ll teach you how to compare contractors later on in this article.
Get a referralAsk your friends and family if they’ve had their roof repaired or replaced recently - if they have, ask them if they would recommend the contractor they used. You may find that none of your friends or family have had roofing done in the last few years. That’s okay - you can ask trusted professionals, like your banker, doctor, or lawyer. These third parties are incentivized to keep your business, so they’ll only give you a recommendation if they’re truly happy with the work the contractor has done for them. Have a neighbour with a really nice-looking roof? You can ask them who installed it for them!
Choosing the right roofer
Talk to (and get quotes from) different contractorsYou’re never obligated to buy a contractor’s services - so we encourage you to get quotes from multiple contractors. At the very least, get on the phone and talk to a few different contractors. Ask them about their experience, their philosophy, and the kinds of projects they’re most comfortable working on. Find out if they have a portfolio of work available, and look through it.
Look at different sources for reviewsComparing Google reviews can help you choose a good contractor - but you should go beyond that. Look at reviews on Facebook, the Better Business Bureau, and Yelp - the more sources you have for reviews, the more data you can compare. Go beyond the star ratings, too - look at comments to truly understand where a roofer excels.
Look for signs that you’ve got a good contractorThere’s a lot that goes into being a good contractor, but you want anyone who you work with to have at least the bare minimum. These “minimums” include:
- Having many years of experience
- Being licenced, bonded, and insured
- Being willing to provide estimates
- Having a portfolio and references