How to Select A Roofing Contractor


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The purchase of a new roof system for your residential or commercial property  is a significant expense and not something one invests in more than maybe once or twice in a lifetime. Therefore making an informed choice when selecting a roofing contractor becomes very important to ensuring your hard earned dollars are spent wisely.There are a myriad of products available on the market today and it is up to your potential contractor to make you aware of the choices available. He/She should be able to explain the different features of these products and how they could benefit you and your roofing project.selecting a roofing contractor

Your contractor should be willing to educate you on your choices of roof products  and services and be willing take the time to do so. Whether you are looking to install a roof on a new home you are building or looking to replace an existing roof on your home or business property;perhaps it’s a roof leak you need fixed or you need maintenance performed to remove moss. Regardless your contractor should be able educate you on your options available and if they do not provide the roof product or service you require then they should be able to happily refer you to a company that does. These are all aspects of a truly professional outfit that puts the quality of serving their customers first and foremost.

Protect Yourself:

Negotiate a written contract with your contractor which defines the following issues.

  • Products to be used.
  • Start and completion times.
  • Insurance coverage in the case of either property damage or personal injury.
  • Adhere to license, building code, and permit requirements.
  • Price, terms and conditions for payment.
  • Change order procedures.
  • Exclusions.
  • Unwritten representations.

Product Warranty:

Product warranty will generally cover finished appearance, color and performance.

These warranties will not cover:

  • Improper methods of installation.
  • Deck movement or failure.
  • Inadequate ventilation is a major cause of warranty disputes.

Damage to shingles caused by:

  • Mechanical ice and snow removal.
  • Cleaning agents, solvents, chemicals, paints and coatings.
  • Subsequent renovation resulting in damage.

… why choose The Canadian Roofsmith ?

  • We are a registered limited company
  • Fully licensed, bonded and insured
  • Written application and materials warranty
  • Professional, knowledgeable staff

We feel the customer should be able to make an informed decision about a new roof and we want our customers to feel more comfortable during that process!

Selecting the right roofing product for your home :

So you’ve decided it’s time for a new roof on your home and you’re receiving estimates so you can select a roofing contractor to do the job. One thing you need to do when deciding on which roofing product is right for your home is to do what I call the Cost/Value analysis. What do I mean be this?

In roofing terms it is: Initial Cost Outlay/Warranted Serviceable life of the product.

Typically, on steep sloped(as opposed to flat or low sloped) residential/commercial roofs your product options are:

  • asphalt/fiberglass composite shingles

  • cedar shakes and shingles

  • metal panels,tiles and shingles

  • concrete or clay tile

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    To keep things simple,let’s say you are curious about all the options mentioned above and you are simply looking to have an installation on a new roof.I will choose arbitrary, simple round numbers to illustrate based on  a 2000 square foot or 20 square job.This does not include removal of an old roof or replacement of roof deck sheathing but simply the material supply and installation costs so we can make an apples to apples comparison based on the initial money being invested in the roofing product and comparing that to its warranted lifetime.

Asphalt/Fiberglass shingles:$ 5,000.00/25 years warranted life=200.00 sq. per year.


selecting a roofing contractor
Cedar Shakes/Shingles: $15,000.00/20 years warranted life=750.00 sq. per year.


Metal Panels/Tiles/Shingles:15,000.00/50 years warranted life=300.00 sq. per year.


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Concrete/Clay Tile: 20,000.00/ 50 years warranted life=400.00 sq. per year.


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As you can see from this very simplified example,the asphalt/fiberglass composite shingle will provide the best bang for your buck. Coming in 2nd we have the metal roof products followed in 3rd by the clay/concrete tile options while bringing up the rear are the cedar products.

The reason that cedar roofs provide the lowest value is simply that the material cost outlay is much higher than your average asphalt/fiberglass shingle and its warranted life is the shortest of all the products.

This is not an indictment of cedar roofs as I’ve installed cedar roofs that are  still functioning after more than 20 years.Nor is it an endorsement for any of the other systems.

I am providing the information so that you,the property owner, have the information at hand to help make an informed decision when it comes time to selecting your roofing contractor.Your potential contractor should be willing and able to give a variety of options ranging from Good-Better-Best and explain the benefits of to select a roofing contractor

So why choose The Canadian RoofSmith?canadian roof smith

  • Fully licensed, bonded and insured
  • Written application and materials warranty
  • Professional, knowledgeable staff

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9 Replies to “How to Select A Roofing Contractor”

  1. That’s great! I few much more prepared now to hire a contractor, specially knowing what I should have in the contract.
    Thanks 🙂

    1. Thanks Marcelo.

  2. This is a very informative article. It’s so important to get the right person to do the job. If I decide to get a roofing contractor I now know what things I need to do/consider and look out for. Thanks for the info.

    1. You’re welcome Stephanie.

  3. A very well written and informative site. Learned a lot. Thanks!

    1. Thank you very much. It is still a work in progress and a very new site. There is a lot of work to do to finish the articles I’ve started in here.

  4. exactly what is needed out there…a comprehensive roofing info site for us laypeople! thanks! 🙂

  5. This is a very informative site,easy to read very clean written and sounds you really have the knowledge down

    1. Thanks Kasidy,

      After 30 years in the industry I would hope to be an authority 😉

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