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WHAT QUALIFICATIONS OR CERTIFICATION SHOULD I ASK FOR FROM MY ROOFING COMPANY?

METRO TORONTO BUILDING TRADE LICENSE
This license is issued to contractors who have successfully completed a written test, relevant  to their specific trade. Applicants must also pass a Toronto Police background check. The license is issued with photo identification and is renewed annually. 

MINISTRY OF LABOUR SAFETY TRAINING
The Onatrio Ministry of Labour makes it a legal obligation for all roofing contractors to safety train their workers and to enforce safety codes as per the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act (R.S.O. 1990, c.O.1). All workers and supervisor must pass an accredited safety course pertaining particularly to fall protection. Knowing the proper use of equipment the handling of materials and emergency procedures are all requirements under the law.

LIABILITY INSURANCE
This insurance protects you and your property in case of accidents. The protection  includes a general liability as well as coverage  specific  to the type of work your contractor is doing. For example, open flame rubber membrane flat roofing requires a very specific insurance for total coverage.

WORKERS COMPENSATION (WSIB)
WSIB coverage is mandatory. Every worker, whether an employee or sub-contractor must be covered. 

RoofWorks fulfills, and in fact, exceeds all the above requirements.

 

WHAT MATERIALS DO I HAVE TO CHOOSE FROM FOR SLOPED ROOFING?

Asphalt shingles are installed on over 80% of most residential homes. This is because they are durable, cost effective and come in a wide variety of colours, textures and styles.  Premium quality cedar shakes and shingles are also available. Sloped roofing tiles are also made from metal, plastics and rubber materials.

Often, the exterior design of your home will help to determine the shingle type and colour that is most suitable. Your RoofWorks representative can assist you in choosing the material that is both functional and aesthetic in design and most importantly, just right for you.

 

WHY ARE FLAT ROOFS SUCH A PROBLEM AND SO EXPENSIVE?

Flat roofs often hold water and "pond" as a result of poor design or structural settling. Continually wet or ponded surfaces pre-maturely decay and cause roof leaks. Structural repairs to correct these defects can also be expensive.

At RoofWorks, flat roofing is our specialty. RoofWorks uses a modern, rubber membrane, two-ply roofing system. Think of it as a waterproof carpet on your roof, only really tough and durable. This material is usually bonded or sealed using an open flame.

At RoofWorks we always strip off and dispose of the old roofing.  It's not uncommon to find numerous layers of old roofing. This can drive up labour and dumping costs.

At RoofWorks we ensure that our flat roof installers are fully trained and certified. We also carry, for your protection, liability insurance specifically for open flame rubber membrane flat roofing. Safety conscious roofing contractors pay a hefty premium for this mandatory insurance coverage. "Fly by nighters" won't have this coverage or can't get it.

 

WHAT ABOUT WARRANTIES?  HOW LONG WILL MY ROOF REALLY LAST?

All materials are warrantied against defects by the manufacturer. Asphalt shingles are guaranteed from twenty to fifty years. In fact, some shingles carry a lifetime guarantee. 

JUST BECAUSE YOU USE A TWENTY FIVE YEAR SHINGLE, IT DOES NOT MEAN YOUR ROOF IS GUARANTEED FOR TWENTY FIVE YEARS!

Manufacturer shingle warranties are limited in their coverage. There's tons of fine print and the value of the coverage depreciates on a yearly basis. It is our experience at RoofWorks that a twenty-five year shingle will last between fifteen and twenty years. It is our intention at RoofWorks to recommend the very best materials and provide a top quality installation to get the longest life possible for your roof.

Rubber membrane flat roofing is manufacture warrantied for ten years. A good installation should last for twenty.

Your labour warranty, which is your workmanship guarantee is covered by your roofing contractor and is usually for ten years. Your labour warrantee is only as good as the company and their willingness to honour their guarantee.

A RoofWorks labour warranty has no fine print, no depreciating clauses or limitations and is fully transferable in the event of any ownership changes.

 

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL OR HIDDEN COSTS IN DOING MY ROOF?

At RoofWorks we always strongly recommend removing the old roofing. Once all the old roofing is removed any rotted or suspect roof boards can be easily replaced. This is treated as an added expense. We charge a per. sq. ft. price, depending on how much wood we replace and what type of materials are used.

Structural repairs, especially on a flat roof, are possible additional costs. We normally can predict this situation from our initial inspection and can provide a "ball-park" figure or maximum cost for potential added work.

Very infrequently, we may come across masonry, plumbing or even electrical work that should be done in conjunction with the roofing job. It's much better to fix these problems while the roof is open and easily accessible. Covering the problem up and creating a future expense and possible safety hazard doesn't make sense.

Our policy is to provide the best possible job at a reasonable price.

 

WHY SHOULD I CHOSE ROOFWORKS FOR MY HOME RENOVATION PROJECTS?

We meet or exceed all government licensing and training requirements.

RoofWorks is fully insured.

We have a long list of satisfied customers. And we're proud to provide letters of recommendation.

RoofWorks only uses top grade, quality materials

We provide a detailed, written estimate outlining scope of work and costs.

Our ten year warranty on all workmanship.

RoofWorks will protect your property and your neighbour's from job debris.

Our proven track record, with over fifteen years in business.

We're active in the community, sponsoring kids' sports teams as well as various cultural and charity events.

Best of all, RoofWorks management and staff are friendly, professional and proud of our motto: "Quality workmanship at a fair price."

 


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