The Keys to a Great General Contractor and Roofing Company Relationship

Kathleen Maxwell

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For anyone launching into a new construction project, choosing the proper team is the first and most important step. Having the right leader is critical to the success of any endeavor, and in construction, this means finding a general contractor to command your project. While each project has its own considerations, there are three major characteristics that every good general contractor shares.

A great general contractor is:

1. Reputable—Before hiring anyone to run a commercial roofing construction project, you must do your homework. You’ll want find a general contractor with documented credentials. This includes positive testimonies from former clients, membership to professional organizations, and good rankings from places like the Better Business Bureau.

2. An excellent business manager—A general contractor’s job is to wrangle all the different aspects of a construction job into one cohesive plan. Doing this effectively requires a massive amount of organization, something that will be reflected in how the contractor runs the business and treats clients. A contractor who seems flustered or disorganized on the business side of things likely isn’t an effective project manager.

3. Experienced—While hard management skills are an asset to any general contractor, experience is the key to a project running smoothly. General contractors with a long history on the job often have the best contacts and know how to deal with any potential problems that may arise.

While a general contractor must wear many different hats on a construction project, they are not specialists in every aspect of construction. For technical projects like roofing, you’ll want to hire experts. And, since a roof is a critical part of a building’s structure, a quality roofer should be one of the first additions to your construction team.

A good roofer will:

1. Be service-oriented—Good commercial roofing isn’t just about delivering a quality product. The best commercial roofing companies will provide a detailed report about how they make decisions and will provide support long after the initial project is completed.

2. Have specialized training—Unlike general contractors, roofers can direct all their energy into just one part of a building. Only specialists stay up-to-date on the latest technology and building codes specifically-designed for roofs.

3. Be a great communicator—Roofers should maintain clear communication with both the client and the general contractor. Establishing clear communication on prices and timelines from the beginning is key to a smooth construction project.

Above all, hiring a quality commercial roofing partner will free up time for your general contractor to focus on other aspects of the construction project, ensuring an excellent final product. At Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., we value our relationships with general contractors and love working as part of a team.

Contact us today to learn more about how Maxwell Roofing can handle your roofing construction needs.


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