If the roof of your building needs repair, fixing it quickly could prevent further damage. You should not rush to hire a commercial roofer without doing some homework first. If you do, you may end up with roofers who do not have the best record of accomplishment or experience for the job. If you need a commercial roofer, below are five tips that will help you to select the right one:
Hire a Company that is Licensed, Bonded, and Insured:
A roofing license shows that a roofer possesses formal roofing knowledge:
- Bonding compensates you for possessions that are stolen by a roofer’s employees.
- Insurance compensates you for property damage or a personal injury that results from the roofer’s work.
You can check a company’s licensure by contacting your state’s licensing bureau; you can check if a company is bonded by speaking with its bonding agent; you can check if a company is insured by contacting its insurer and presenting the insurance policy number.
Commercial roofers that are reluctant to show proof of licensure, bonding, or insurance should not be hired.
Do not hire a Company that Asks for Full Payment Upfront:
A roofer that asks for payment up front may be planning to steal your money, or is hoping to attain money to finish another project. Regardless of why a company requests full payment up front, do not supply the payment. Even if a commercial roofing company is trustworthy, paying the full amount in advance will give it less motivation to complete the job in a timely fashion. When your roof is leaking, an unmotivated contractor is not a good thing.
Commission a Business that has Local References:
Hiring a company that has local references allows you to view the work it performed for the references. It also allows you to establish the legitimacy of the references. If a company supposedly does business in your town, but it only has out of town references, something is not right.
Stay Away from a Company that Lacks a Physical Business Location:
Some contractors earn money by traveling through towns, leaving jobs unfinished and taking people’s money. Because of their modus operandi, these contractors cannot settle, which means they never have a physical business location. A well-established, successful roofer always has a physical business location.
Go with a Business that Understands Your Building’s Roof System:
A commercial roofing company usually specializes in certain types of roofs. However, some companies agree to work on roofs of which they are not familiar. Because different roof systems require different types of installation, maintenance, and repair, hiring a company that has experience working with your building’s roof system is the best choice.
Not all commercial roofers are reputable. That is why perceptive building owners evaluate a roofer before they sign a service contract. If you do not evaluate a roofer, you may need to hire another roofer to correct the roofer’s mistakes. Worse yet, you might pay for a project and not receive work. If you need a roofer, the tips above can help you find one that is reputable, performs great work, and understands the needs of your building.