When you need to fix or replace the roof of your business, factory, apartment building, or condo complex, you have to be very careful in the roofing company that you select. Commercial roofing is a dangerous job that requires skilled expertise, and should not be left to some random guy you may find on Craigslist. Also commercial roofing companies use different materials and methods of application, that sometimes requires special training. Rubber roofing and flat roofing is very different from shingling a house, for example. There are a few things you can do to make sure you you select the right commercial roofer.
Warranty: Check out what warranty they offer. Commercial warranties are by nature going to be less than a residential warranty, but still the commercial roofing company you select should have a warranty that is at least 5 years. Also a good warranty will not be prorated (where you get a reduced amount of coverage each year), although those are getting harder to find. And the really good warranties will also cover labor (although those are very rare). So a roof warranty is the first thing to look at.
Experience: What is their actual experience in commercial roofing? Find out the scope and size of commercial jobs they have done. Ask questions. Find out the various types of buildings and materials they have used – metal roofs, flat roofs, rubber, and tpo. Also find out how long they have been in the commercial roofing business. As long as they have been roofing commercial building for at least 5 years, you should be fine.
Reputation: Check their online reviews. Most companies nowadays have pretty good online star ratings, so you have to dig deeper, and actually read the reviews. Do they sound legitimate? If not, that should be a red flag. In addition, ask for commercial references and call them. A good roofer will not hesitate to give you references. Check them out.
Local contractor: Commercial roofers will usually operate over a wide area, sometimes 50 miles. That’s ok – but if it’s beyond 50 miles from their base consider only hiring them if you are unable to fine a reputable contractor that is closer. If they are too far away, they won’t be so anxious to come back should there be a problem that needs fixing.
Roofing contractor license: Some states require a contractor or business license to operate, while others do not. If your state does require it, check to see that they are registered. Most states who require licenses offer an easy online lookup tool. If your state does not require a license, then you can look at other things such as do they have an Corporation or LLC, or are they operating under as a sole proprietor. For a commercial roofing contractor, you would want the business to be a real business like an LLC or Corporation.
These are the few tips that you should consider and help you select the best commercial roofing company.