There are few Toronto roofing companies that can boast both a long history and a good reputation in the industry. Consumers often find that after having a project completed, their roofing company no longer exists or changed its name, which makes it impossible to track down. You may be surprised to see that your Toronto roofing company is now operating under a whole new name, but still uses the same phone number for business. This is common practice for roofing companies that don’t want to be found by former clients, creditors, or insurers.
Unfortunately, roofing companies are not always properly qualified to handle the services involved in your home’s roof repair and replacement. As there is no certification required to function as a roofing company, many of the so-called businesses in the field are not at all qualified to perform such specialized work. As a result, they run away and shut down when insurance companies or homeowners try to seek compensation for poorly executed roof work. The damages caused by an improperly installed roof, can be up to thousands of dollars and entail more than the destruction of the plywood beneath. Damage can extend to your furniture, walls, ceilings, and insulation.
Frustrated and unhappy customers, as well as unpaid creditors are the main reason why a Toronto roofing company suddenly decides to change its name or go out of business. Given the fact that it doesn’t cost a fortune to register a new company in Ontario, many roofing companies that are in trouble prefer to open a new company and gain a fresh start rather than pay their creditors or honor their warranties. This situation triggers serious losses among homeowners and insurance providers alike. Most importantly, you should know that a reputable roofing company will always carry liability insurance and WSIB coverage, which they can validate with the appropriate certificates.
Workplace Safety and Insurance Board or WSIB coverage is mandatory for roofing companies, which means that your Toronto roofing company risks incurring large fines for not working safely. In fact, unregistered companies are putting both workers and their customers at risk as customers are now responsible for doing due diligence and ensuring their hired trades are current on WSIB. However, many homeowners are completely seduced by low prices and suffer terrible losses when they use an unregistered WSIB roofing company. Again, this is another reason why such companies decide to change their name and operate under a completely different name as if nothing had happened.
There are certain measures that you can take to make sure that you are working with a well-established Toronto roofing company that will still be operating as a business five years from now. Check their liability insurance and WSIB certificates and also make sure you get more than just one choice in shingle manufacturers. Good roofing companies work in partnerships with several shingle producers to offer their customers a wider choice. Plus, they are usually certified by one or all of these producers to install their roofing system, which means they are also able to provide an extended warranty, increasing the value of the roof purchase.
At Cherry & Clerk Roofing, we’ve been in business since 1972. We’ve never had to change our name to stay in business, because we carry all required certifications and insurances to protect our employees and our customers. If you are looking for a dependable and accountable Toronto roofing company, choose Cherry & Clark.