A roof, like walls and a foundation, are an integral part of a house. With a damaged roof, you risk exposing your house to the elements and causing further damage to your home. When choosing a roofing company, you want to hire an experienced, qualified and competent roofing contractor to take on the job of protecting your house with a good roof.

You may be tempted to choose the company with the cheapest price or the one offering to get the job done the quickest. But the most important thing is to know whether or not a roofing company is reliable and professional. That’s why you should always check to see if the roofing contractor has the proper insurance and certifications, and that they are following professional guidelines while on the job.

When hiring a roofing contractor, ask about their Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) certification and the liability coverage on their workplace insurance. This certification is mandatory by law, and must be held by the contractor to legally work as a roofing company. This certification protects and supports workers on the job if they were to receive an injury, and provides them with proper compensation.

Roofers are also required to have been trained in fall protection, and they must wear fall protection equipment when working above three metres. No one wants someone to fall off their roof, but the proper insurance and protective gear will protect you, the homeowner, as well as the employer and the worker. If this does happen, you will not be liable for any injuries that occur on your property.

When hiring a contractor, no matter how quickly they can do the job, insurance and proper qualifications are essential. Insurance and qualifications are there to protect the worker from injury, and are there to show you, the homeowner, that the contractor is a part of a credible company that is qualified to do the job.