You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Hiring a commercial roofing contractor with skills and experience to install, replace or repair your roof is essential for your business. A good roof will not only stand the test of time but also affect your brand image. So, how can you evaluate a commercial roofing contractor? This post lists the most critical questions to ask potential contractors when selecting commercial roofing services.
Do You Have Experience in Commercial Roofing?
Commercial roofing projects are more complicated in their scope of time, quality and budget. In addition, commercial construction projects require special approvals and inspection permits. Do not assume that any contractor can complete a commercial roofing project. Instead, get the contractor to provide a portfolio of completed commercial roofing projects. Take time to assess the scale of the project in comparison with your needs. Then, request referrals to previous clients. This way, you can find out whether past clients approve the contractor's services.
Can You Provide a Physical Estimate?
A professional commercial roofing company will often provide a physical estimate for the project at no extra fee. Request that the roofer give you a detailed estimate. In this case, the contractor should send an assessor to the project site. This way, the company can assess the building, location, and weather conditions to develop an informed estimate. Also, request a written estimate that can serve as a reference document for the service contract. Notably, a reasonable estimate will provide a breakdown of the project activities and cost. It should capture all expenses, including removing the old roof in case of replacements.
Do You Have Adequate Insurance?
The ideal commercial roofing contractor must have adequate general liability and workman's compensation insurance. Typically, insurance protects your business from potential risks associated with roofing construction jobs. There are multiple ways that workers can be injured when performing construction tasks. For example, an employee may be injured by tools falling or experiencing a slip and fall accident. If you hired a company without workman's comp insurance, the worker might include you in a lawsuit demanding hefty compensations for personal injuries. There is also the possibility that the contractor may inadvertently cause damage to your property during the construction. In such a case, general liability insurance would cover the cost of replacing the damaged property. Ask the commercial roofing company to provide evidence of insurance.
Are You Bonded, and Do You Offer Warranty?
Surety bonds and warranties provide an extra level of security for the project developer. Request the commercial roofing company disclose whether it has a surety bond. Essentially, working with a bonded contractor means that you can get compensation in case the contractor fails to complete the project. The bond protects you if the contractor fails to meet financial obligations to employees and suppliers. Then, ask the contractor whether you will have a warranty for the new roof. Should the roof get damaged before the warranty period expires, the commercial roofing contractor will assume the cost of replacements and repairs.