How to Find The Best Roofing Contractors

October 7, 2015

Replacing your roof is a major investment. You want to make sure you take time to research and find the best roofing company that you can trust to do the job right. Unfortunately, roofing is also one of the most often complained about industries, so finding a good roofer is not always that easy. Here are some steps you can take to make sure you find a quality roofing company.

Choosing Calgary Roofing Companies

Check Online Reviews of Roofers

Homestars.com is one of the best places to find reviews of Calgary roofing companies. Look most closely at the negative reviews. It is possible to fake reviews so if they look too good to be true, they just might be. Roofing companies that respond to criticisms and solve customer problems online are likely take care of you well when they are working on your roof. Other sites like GuildQuality,  Yelp.ca and even Google and be good sources of reviews as well.

Personal Recommendations

First hand experience from a friend that has recently had a roof replaced will always be one of the best ways to find a reputable roofing company. Make sure you ask a lot of questions to make sure your friend is happy with the roof and the service received.

Roofing Supplier Reviews

If you know the type  of roof you’d like to have installed, getting a recommendation from the supplier is also a good bet. Roofing companies like GAF, Malarkey and Euroshield will often have certified roofing partners or can recommend a good roofing contractor.

Narrowing Down the List of Roofers

Once you’ve got about 5 or 6 promising roofing companies that you might want to hire, do some more research to make sure they look reputable.

  1. Visit their websites. Do they have a professional and updated website? Having a pretty website doesn’t mean your going to get a perfect roof, but it is an indication of the quality of the company you are dealing with.
  2. What’s their address? While their are plenty of reputable independent roofing contractors running businesses out of their trucks, you should probably stick to a roofer with a physical address that you can visit in case anything goes wrong.
  3. How big is the company? Visit the About page of the roofer to see how many employees, vehicles, etc. they have. Bigger is not always better, but it’s good to go with someone that looks like they have the experience and people to do the job right.
  4. What are they like to deal with? Was the salesperson you talked to helpful and trustworthy? Do they answer their phones promptly when you call? Were they professional and punctual? Look for all the little cues that will give you an indication of the quality of service you would get if you hired them.
  5. Do they give a written quote? Don’t give any money or deposits until you’ve gotten a written quote that you are happy with. Don’t go with the first company you meet with either. Compare some prices and evaluate different roofers.

Getting a new roof on your home is a major purchase so don’t rush into anything. If you feel you are being pressured by the roofing salesperson, that is a very good indication that you should go with another company. Spend lots of time talking to the salesperson to make sure that you get the roof most suited for your situation. The cheapest roof is rarely a good purchase, you don’t want to break the bank either. With some due diligence, you can find a quality roofing company.

How to Research Calgary Window Companies Online

April 12, 2015

Calgary Window Companies

When it comes to replacing the windows in your Calgary home, there are many important things to consider before choosing the right window replacement company. With so many new technologies arising, it only makes sense to conduct research in the easiest way, first – the internet. It’s easy (and natural) to be sceptical about researching windows when you can’t see or touch them, but here are a few tips to make it easier:

Calgary Window Companies on Review Websites

Review websites can prove to be extremely useful when it comes to completing upgrades in your home. Websites like these allow homeowners to rate companies that provide services for home renovations. This includes services for window replacement, installation and more.

For the Calgary area, try looking into Homestars. For example, a company like Old West Windows & Doors Calgary has over 100 reviews with a 9.9 out of 10 rating.  Homestars is a great review website that showcases many different companies and have reviews from real customers. The website is not run by the companies themselves, and the various companies have no control over what content is published about them. This means you can get a true read on what their service is like.

 

When visiting these types of sites, be sure to look for any negative reviews on companies. This will give you some guidance as to which companies are reputable and which ones to stay away from. This being said, remember to take into account your own judgement as well; be sure that any negative reviews are presented in a fair way.

Another resource that can prove to be useful is the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Similar to Homestars, you can leverage the Calgary-area BBB to target window replacement companies. You can look at reviews, complaints, praises and more.

One thing to keep in mind is to not read too much into complaints you may see. After all, everyone’s idea of “good service” may differ. Also, irate customers can sometimes stretch the truth.

Get a Feel for the Window Company Yourself

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, more specific research is required. This will ultimately help you to decide which company to go with. Explore the company’s website, is it:

In addition to the website, take time to call the company and speak with them. Do they answer the phone when you call? Do they use a respectful tone? Do they go above and beyond to answer your questions and provide you the help you need? Will they offer you a free, no-obligation quote?These are all valid things to consider when it comes to choosing a window replacement company.

When it comes to choosing a company to do the job of replacing your homes’ windows, be sure to do all your research and choose the company that’s right for you.