Unless you are a forest ranger or otherwise embrace an open-air concept for your work, your business needs a solid and dependable roof to protect it from Mother Nature’s wrath. Although a correctly installed commercial roof could last for two decades or more, certain materials may degrade more quickly and create problems for your building.
A roof on any building is continually exposed to harsh elements that can weaken its protective properties. This is the reason that commercial roofs need periodic replacement and repairs so that they won’t fail when both natural and man-made hazards put them to the test.
When your building’s roof needs some work, you may be understandably intimidated about the process of finding a reputable roofing company. Some property owners don’t know where to begin or how to separate the good from the bad. Here are five things that you need to know before you choose a commercial roof contractor for your repairs or replacement.
1. Is the company licensed and insured?
At a minimum, any roofing company you select should be properly licensed and insured. Every state requires that roofing companies have licenses, so make sure to ask for proof that a contractor is compliant. Your commercial roofing company should also be able to show you valid certificates for both worker’s compensation and liability insurance coverage.
2. Check their references.
A reputable commercial roofer will have references in several forms. They should have a past customer list as well as some referrals or online reviews that you can read to get a feel for other’s experiences with the company. They may also have professional certifications such as with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) or RCI, Inc. These show that the company is investing in best practices and continuing education for its staff.
3. Ask about experience and specialties.
When it comes to roof repairs and replacement, experience matters. Be sure to ask how long the company has been in business as well as their particular specialties. If your historic building has a slate roof, a metal roofing specialist may not be the best choice. Instead, find a company that specializes in your type of roof, and that will also be there for you in the future to handle your needs.
4. Remember that cheaper isn’t better.
It’s always to your benefit to get several estimates from different contractors, but it’s important to remember that price should not be the only factor in your decision. A price that is entirely too high or too low might raise a red flag. When it comes to your roof, avoid taking a chance on an estimate that is too good to be true. Instead, work with a company that is sensitive to your budget while also providing quality commercial roof services.
5. Get everything in writing.
When you deal with a roofing company, or any contractor, everything should be in writing. Ask to have your estimate and all job details put in writing so that both parties are protected during the roof repair or replacement process. The contract for services should specify payment terms as well as how long the project is expected to take and the warranties that are included with the service.
When you need work done on a commercial roof, it’s not enough to hire a regular roofing company for the job or to just pick a business at random. Today’s commercial roofs are complex systems that are designed to not only keep you in business but also operate as efficiently as possible. This is why roofing experience and expertise should be primary factors in your selection process.
At All Seasons Roofing, LLC, we have nearly 15 years experience providing flat roofing systems installation and repair services to clients across Central Missouri. Contact us now to learn how we can help with your project and be sure to ask about our Annual Flat Roofing Maintenance Program that can extend the life of your building’s roof.