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How Not to Choose Calgary Roofing Contractors

Don’t Let the Marketing Hype Affect Your Decision

Now you know what’s important in choosing a roofing contractor. But sometimes, even with the best of intentions, you might be influenced by some factors that seem important but really aren’t.

Family Owned

We don’t really understand what this has to do with quality, yet many Calgary roofing contractors state this as though it’s a guarantee of quality. Most roofing companies in Calgary are, in fact, family-owned. Some are great. Some are not so great.

Number of Years in Business

More important than the number of years in business is the roofing company’s philosophy. Are they committed to constant learning and improvement or have they just been doing the same thing over and over for 10, 20, or 30 years?

Free Inspections

A thorough inspection, complete with an inspection report, takes time and is very seldom done for free. If the free inspection is nothing more than a 5- or 10-minute peek at your roof, followed by a sales pitch, it is not of much value to you.

Competitive Pricing

Quality and low prices never go hand in hand. You always get what you pay for.

Specialists in All Kinds of Roofing

You can’t specialize in everything. A company that tries to do everything probably isn’t great at any of them. You wouldn’t use your family doctor for major surgery, would you?

Special Incentives

You have likely seen Calgary roofing companies offer “No interest”, “Don’t Pay Until 2011” or “Pay as little as $39.95 a month”. They may seem like incredible offers but there’s usually a catch and the ‘free’ stuff is always built into the price.

The Biggest Company

Just because a roofing company is one of the biggest in the city doesn’t mean they are one of the best.  Frequently big Calgary roofing contractors sub-contract their roofing work to smaller crews who have no long-term accountability for the work they do. Additionally, bigger companies may focus on builders who give them hundreds of jobs a year, and put the homeowner at the bottom of the list.