How to Choose a Qualified Roofing Contractor

Kathleen Maxwell | June 13, 2022

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Whether it’s for a commercial roof repair or brand new construction, choosing a qualified roofing contractor is an important first step for any commercial roofing project. Before deciding on a commercial roofing company, be sure to consider these best practices for finding a qualified company:

Keep Your Search Local

When it comes to getting the best value, schedule, and experience, local roofing companies can’t be beaten. Only roofers with experience in your area can deliver the best service for a roofing project. Without knowledge of the area, outside roofers may struggle to find qualified workers or provide the same level of quality or customer experience. Roofing companies from areas with a different climate also may not realize what types of materials will perform best in your area. 

Start Your Search by Looking at Reputation

Only consider roofing companies known for quality work and excellent customer service. By narrowing down your search to companies that have been in business for a long time, you can weed out roofers that may not have the appropriate experience. Quality companies will have customer reviews online and can offer references to back up their work.

Check Licensing, Certifications, and Insurance

Before asking for a formal bid, make sure every company on your list has the proper licensing, insurance, and safety certifications for the job. Using a company without coverage can leave you vulnerable if anything happens on the job. Don’t be shy about asking to see proof of updated licenses and insurance policies. If you’re coordinating a major commercial roof project, you need to ensure that you’re protected. 

Solicit Bids and Highlight Your Greatest Needs

Even if you’re looking for help with design and aren’t totally sure of the exact specifications needed for your roof, it’s important to have at least a rough idea of your needs before soliciting bids. Does your roof need to support any equipment, like HVAC units? Will you want skylights or specialized ventilation? What is your budget and the ideal lifespan you’d like to see from your roof? Nailing down these priorities will help make sure that commercial roofing companies put forward their best possible bids to suit your specific needs.

Consider The Extras

It’s easy to forget about all of the little details that go into a roofing project. When comparing bids, be sure to check on details like prep work, clean-up, and warranty support. These often-overlooked maintenance tasks should be specifically laid out in the contract. Other services, like design support or custom sheet metal fabrication, can also streamline your project and help make it move along faster. 

Focus on Quality

The most important thing in any commercial roofing repair or construction project is to get it done correctly the first time. Poorly executed roofing work can result in costly damage or a premature roofing failure.

If you’re ready to start working with a qualified roofing contractor, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal today. Our team of experts can walk you through the bidding process.

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