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Things To Know Before Buying Pine or Cedar Shake Roof

Some Things to Consider When Hiring A Contractor

At Shake Experts Inc, we love pine and cedar shakes! Their beauty and durability enhance neighbourhoods and homes all over Southern Alberta, and as much as we’d like to we know we can’t get to every one of those homes. So if we are unable to serve you, or, like a good consumer you are exploring estimates from a few companies, here are a few tips to help safeguard your search.

Buyer – Be Prepared!

  1. Always verify that the contractor is reputable, whether through personal referral or the Better Business Bureau.
  2. Ask for references who can tell you if ‘XYZ Roofing Company’ was professional, completed the job on time, and stuck to the agreed price. Never hire a company that will not share references – this is a red flag!
  3. Verify their membership to organizations and/or associations.
  4. Get a written contract with a “buyer’s right to cancel” clause included.
  5. Never place yourself at risk for work injuries – make sure they’re covered by the WCB (Workers’ Compensation Board). Ask for a WCB clearance letter.
  6. Experience is a must. Does the contractor have experience with shakes, how often do they repair them? Or do they simply want to tear it off and replace it with asphalt because that's all they do.
  7. Ask as many questions as possible to get a feel for the company’s abilities.
  8. Never choose a contractor based on price alone. Like any business, they may be cutting corners or using inferior products.
  9. Avoid contractors who ask for payment in cash, but do not provide a receipt.
  10. Never agree to anything until you get it in writing.
  11. Get a phone number and address for possible follow-up work.

Maintenance should be performed every 5 years for your wood shake roof to look great and perform to its fullest capabilities.

Get the facts from the company that knows shakes - call Shake Experts Inc at 403-247-4253, that's 403-247-SHAKE!

Sincerely,

Chris Johnsen

General Manager, Shake Experts Inc

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