When it comes to getting your commercial roof repaired hiring a commercial roofing company is often the best option. However, make sure you get the best company for the job. Here are 10 tips on choosing a commercial roofing firm.
Ask Those You Know
Referrals and word-of-mouth advertising are two popular ways for contractors to get business. Start by talking to other members of the business community about the contractors they’ve hired in the past. Find out about scammers or those they’ve had issues with. While you may not get one single contractor, you can cut down the number of contenders on your list.
Check with the Better Business Bureau
The BBB will give you a score of all the different commercial roofing contractors in the local area. Look out for those with good scores. They’re more reliable and recommended.
Check for Designations and Accreditations
There are certain manufacturer designations and accreditations within the roofing industry, especially when it comes to commercial roofing. Find out more about them and the ones that contractors should aim to reach. There are strict requirements for contractors to gain the accreditation, and the contractors need to continually meet those requirements.
Find Out About Training
Does the commercial roofing company have official training for their contractors? Have they been through a safety program? Look out for those who have a good track record for safety and professionalism to make sure the job on your roof is going to be done to a high standard.
Check for Insurance
Always make sure the contractors have insurance and licenses. Any employee or subcontractor should be covered by this insurance. If they have it, they will have no problem showing you a copy to set your mind at ease. Insurance is essential to avoid being held liable should an accident occur while the contractor is on your property.
Ask for Recommendations to Your Roof
When you talk to contractors, ask them about their recommendations for your roof. What’s the best way for them to repair the damage? What would the best materials be? Ask a few commercial roofing contractors the same questions to make sure they’re trustworthy and not just after as much money as possible.
Get Estimates and Quotes in Writing
Always ask for estimates and quotes for the job. Get these in writing and in as much detail as possible. Good contractors will help you compare quotes easily. When it’s all in writing, they are also held to them in courts, meaning they are more likely to work out the total costs better. You lower the risk of a surprise bill at the end.
Make Sure You’ll Get Options
While the commercial roofing contractor knows their job, you should still get a choice. These choices will be about the color, material, and durability of the materials available. Color and material can affect more than your current budget. It can cause your resale value to drop.
Find Out About Cleanup
Does the company leave their mess behind after a job? You want to find someone who will look after your home and take care of their own mess!
Check about Extended Warranties
A commercial roofing company who is certain about their work will offer a warranty or guarantee. No guarantee at all suggests that the job won’t be great. It can take years for some damage to show if the roof wasn’t installed properly. Make sure you’re covered for this.
Don’t just look for a commercial roofing company within your budget. Do your research and find someone offering the best value for your money.
Learn more about Kearns Brothers, a full-service home improvement contractor servicing all of Southeast Michigan’s construction needs by visiting their website at www.kearnsbrothers.com or contact a remodeling expert at 888.355.6700.