Choosing a Qualified Roofing Contractor

Purchasing a new roofing system for your existing metal roofs is no small investment. It is an important investment that should take thought and consideration before choosing the right roofing company for your needs. Before you spend your money, spend your time learning how to evaluate the roof contractors you may be working with. Not all roofing companies are alike and there is no foolproof method for selecting a professional roofing service.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is one of the construction industry’s most respected trade associations and the voice and leading authority in the roofing industryNRCA believes that the most effective way to keep a roof performing for an extended period of time is to go with a roof company that not only uses and applies a superior roofing system, but one that creates a formal and long-term relationship between the building owner and the roof contractor.

The first things to do when looking at a roofing contractor is verify a permanent place of business. Things to look for include a telephone number, a tax I.D. number, and a business license. Any professional roof service should have these readily available. A proficient commercial roofing company also has a trained and experienced workforce that they can verify with documentation. They should also respond quickly to any roof leaks or roof repairing needs or concerns.

A good commercial roofing company is one that can provide its potential customers with a readily available list of client references and a list of completed roof coating projects. Calling some of the clients on their reference lists can give you a good idea of the quality of work performed as well as the professionalism of the company.  Once you have narrowed your search down and are asking for quotes from various roofing services, be sure to insist on a written proposal that you can examine for complete descriptions of the work, the roof coatings and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures. It is important to know their safety record and the safety training they receive. Be sure to choose a company that is committed to the safety and education of its workers. The company should also be able to explain their roof systems, quality control procedures, and the name of the person who will be in charge.

With regular maintenance to your roof, sources and causes of leaks can be seen and addressed before a problem occurs. You will also find that with a maintenance program, response times to address roof repairs are greatly improved. With warranties on the other hand, it can take time for a repair call to be processed and during that processing time your roofing repairs go unsolved. Finally, a maintenance program allows for a planned, organized approach to management of a roof asset—and allows for responsible, timely preparations of long-term capital expenditures.

As a final note, be sure to carefully inspect the roof warranty that is offered. Watch for any provisions that would void it and ask any questions you may have regarding their warranty and future roof leaks or roofing repairs.

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