If you’re in the market for a new commercial roof there are a lot of questions you’ll need to get answered first, including how long the company has been in business, what materials they use, and their reputation.
Here are a few other specifics.
Choose A Company You Know
Sometimes a roofing company provides both residential and commercial roofing solutions. If you or a friend has already worked with a particular company on a residential roofing project, that will give you an idea of how they handle their commercial projects. How they treat customers, their attention to detail and other attributes typically will be part of the company’s culture, regardless of whether they’re doing residential or commercial work. When you work with a company you have experience with, you should feel confident that the new roofing project will be handled as well as your previous project.
Experience here can refer to several things: the number of years the contractor has been in operation, whether they’ve roofed buildings like yours, and how proficient they are with your preferred roofing material. There are many different systems used for commercial roofs. Each material has its own unique characteristics and must be handled accordingly. For example, some roofing membranes are more appropriate for restaurant roofs because they don’t deteriorate from contact with exhaust grease. Some contractors specialize in smaller buildings with lots of penetrations; others are more proficient with wide open rooftops. You should also work only with authorized installers of the roofing system you are choosing (check with the manufacturer for contractor names) to make sure you are getting the quality materials and workmanship you need for your commercial roof.
If you’ve never worked with a particular commercial roofer before, review their testimonials and past work. Established commercial roofing companies will have a portfolio of work that they will be proud to show off, and that portfolio is probably on their website. You should also ask for testimonials from their past clients to review the company’s reputation.
Choose a commercial roofing company with a solid reputation and local references. Choose one that is experienced and an authorized dealer for the materials and roofing system you need. When you do all this, you can be sure you’re choosing the best commercial roofing company for your needs.
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