Your commercial roof can’t be ignored. If the roof is damaged or in need of repair, you are risking your reputation and capital. Utilizing a commercial roofing contractor to replace or repair your roof will not only prolong its lifespan, but also help keep you compliant with local guidelines. Here are tips to help you find a commercial roofing contractor.
Ask your trusted colleagues, friends and family members which contractors they have used and recommend to you. Get feedback on their professionalism, customer service and most importantly, the quality of their work. If a friend has used a contractor for a job and had an issue, ask about the resolution. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a contractor to not have completed the work correctly or have not correctly repaired or replaced materials that cause damage to your roof and an unsuspecting client.
There are several websites that list commercial roofing contractors that bid on public projects in your area. You can also find these contractors on the search engines provided by companies like Google and Bing. Most of these sites will have a few commercial roofing contractors in your area and you can then request that they submit bids to replace your roof.
Ask the contractor
During your initial meeting with the contractor, be clear on what size project they need and if it’s a single project or multiple jobs. Make sure you understand their pricing so you are not taken by surprise with additional expenses that weren’t discussed beforehand. Always ask, “Will there be additional charges?” before signing a contract with any commercial roofing contractor.
Select companies who are insured
There are several types of insurance that can be purchased to protect you and your investment. By purchasing an additional level of insurance, it will cover any damages or losses in case of storm damage, fire and water damage, liability and other consequential damages. You can also ask if the roofing contractor has liability insurance, if they carry worker’s compensation coverage or if they carry health insurance for the workers that are helping you with your roofing project.
Work with only certified contractors
Most of the state and local governments have a certification process that they require contractors to follow. This process provides numerous benefits to consumers, including safety and assurance that the contractor has been properly trained and is following all applicable local codes, regulations, guidelines and laws. You’ll want to make sure you select a contractor who is fully insured, licensed and certified.