Commercial roofing contractors have a lot of responsibilities that they have to take care of. Not only do they have to be aware of the roofing materials that are appropriate for different types of roofs, such as pitched and flat roofs, but they also have to know how to install these different materials and make sure that the roof gets finished according to the building codes that apply to that state, region and city. Finding the right commercial roofing contractor is extremely important and many questions should be asked and estimates obtained before deciding on one and beginning the project.
Questions to Ask
Commercial roofing contractors should all be state licensed and also bonded by a surety company. If a commercial roofing contractor does not have a license, the consumer should not ever consider that company for a commercial roofing project, since there is so much at stake in cost as well as the life of the roof. In addition, commercial roofing contractors should be part of a professional roofing organization that can help to vouch for the abilities of the company. Professional roofing organizations also help to keep the commercial roofing contractors up to date on the latest materials and techniques in commercial roofing, thus always continuing education.
Commercial roofing contractors should also have proof of roofing contractor insurance, of which an individual should be able to look at copies to verify that workers compensation is provided for all workers for the duration of the project so that the business or homeowners insurance is not used to pay for any accidents that might happen on the job. The individual must inspect the policy carefully to make sure that all workers are covered and not just the commercial roofing contractor.
Another question to ask a commercial roofing contractor is what type of safety training and education that is given to the workers under their supervision and how often. This is important because large projects have many workers on it and this training is imperative for the safety of all. The commercial roofing contractor should also be willing to provide a list of references that the individual can call to verify the experience that other people have had with that particular roofing company.
Finally, when the commercial roofing contractors are narrowed down to three or four, then the written estimates of the project should be obtained from all of the companies for comparison. These estimates should be very detailed, laying out all the materials needed, the length of time the project will take, who will be supervising and how many people will work on it, and the cost of the labor.