How To Choose A Commercial Roofer

Commercial Roofer

Having a well-maintained roof should be important to any business. For one, a neglected roof can cause annoyances such as leakages. Even worse for business owners, a severely neglected roof can look unappealing to potential consumers. So, to ensure you can get all your roofing issues fixed with a reliable commercial roofer, here are some tips.

Do a Simple Background Check

There are some simple standards you should ensure your new roofing hire meets. A crucial requirement is that the roofer is licensed and registered with the government. By law, all commercial roofers must be registered. So make sure, for your business’ sake, that the “expert” you hire is at bare minimum licensed.

Another thing to ensure is that the contractor is covered by insurance. If their workers are not covered, you should not do business with them. The last thing you need for your business is a bunch of walking liabilities on your roof. 

Request Examples of Previous Work

Asking to see your potential new hire’s portfolio can tell you a lot. A true professional roofer should be proud to show you past examples of their work such as roof installations, roof renovations, and more. However, if your new hire is hesitant about showing you their past work, do not hire! It can be a huge waste of time, energy, and money to hire a commercial roofer with no real past experience. Another way to ensure that they produce quality work is to ask them to supply references. Again, the roofer should be more than happy to do this, and it is a warning sign if they are not. 

Utilize The Better Business Bureau

This is a quick and easy way to check on your new hire if you do not know anyone in the area that has used them before. Not all businesses are members of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). Despite this, it is still important to search for your new hire here. Businesses that are not members are still liable to have complaints against them filed with the BBB. So, if you have not been able to speak with their past customers, at a bare minimum make sure they do not have any complaints against them.

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Look for Free Consultations

Every business is concerned with expenses and reducing overall costs. That is why free consultations for roofing are so important. To make sure you get the best roofer for the best price, you are going to want at least more than one consultation. If you are getting a couple estimates, and the consultations are not free, the price can rack up quickly.

Choose A Local Company And One That Offers Extended Warranties

These two tips are integrally linked together, let me explain. First, you are going to want a company that offers a 20-25 year warranty. This is necessary as you can never truly predict when a roof is going to need repair or replacement. So, a 20-25 year warranty will provide your company with the assurance that you did not waste your money on a new roof, for it to just need replacing in 5 years when some unexpected disaster happens. Another important note, if the contractor you are trying to hire avoids questions about warranties, do not hire them. They are most likely inexperienced and do not trust their work to stand the test of time.

There is a good reason why the contractor you hire should be local and why that relates to the viability of your warranty. The only way to ensure that your roofer will fulfill the promise of their warranty is if they are locally available. Your warranty is basically useless if they are far from you and hard to contact. Like all businesses, contractors could close up shop or rename themselves at any time. If that were to happen, your warranty would become useless. Also, it is nice to have a local contractor that will be there when you need them.

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