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On Roofs and Choosing Roofing Contractors Vancouver Residents Can Rely On

By Brendan Gertner Subscribe to RSS | March 20th 2012 | Views:
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A roof is essential for the protection of a house and its residents against weather and other elements. It makes the house visually appealing because it usually complements the architecture; and livable because it regulates room temperature. Thus, the choice of a roof contractor should not be taken lightly.

Before you choose a roofing contractor, have at least, a working knowledge of roofs. Roofs have five basic components: sheathing, covering, roof structure, flashing and drainage. The sheathing is the material used to cover the house or building. The covering protects the sheathing, the roof structure supports the sheathing, and the flashing and drainage minimize roof damage caused by rainwater.

Cost and durability are the primary considerations in the choice of roof systems. Aesthetics and architectural style follow next. When all these factors are accounted in your roof system, you can be assured that your roof is the right one for your house.

The most common materials used for roofs are asphalt shingles, wood shakes, tiles, slate and metal. Asphalt and metal are popularly used in urban areas like Vancouver. It will be helpful to see samples of roofing materials before you buy them. You can also visit houses using any of these to know their performance and look.

With adequate knowledge on roofs and roofing materials, you are now ready to choose your roofing contractor. If you find yourself overwhelmed with the number of roofing contractors Vancouver has, then it would be good to ask from family and friends. They can recommend those they have worked with and have done good roofing works. They can also give you an idea of how much these contractors charge for roof works. By doing this, you already have a shortlist of those with quality workmanship.

If you live in Richmond, British Columbia, a roofing contractor Richmond residents trust can also be found online. You can search the Web to find the contactors nearest your area. Roofing contractors should have a solid reputation for quality. Ask questions and clarify points to know more about their company and their clients.

Make sure they are licensed and have insurance for their workers. Otherwise, you can be held liable for any accidents that may occur. The roofing contractor Vancouver homeowners trust should provide a written and detailed cost estimate of the project, required permits and warranty information. For more information on choosing roof contractors, read the “Choosing a Contractor” and “Commonly asked questions” section of nrca.net/consumer/fyi.aspx.

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