In 2019, more than 160,000 roofing contractors were working in the United States. This number is expected to grow and reflects the constant need for roofing repair through the states.
Commercial roofs can become damaged from storms, falling tree limbs, and a multitude of other things. They weaken with time and will always need eventual replacement.
If your business needs a roof replacement or repair, you need to find the best contractor for your specific situation. But how can you do that? Continue reading to learn five important questions to ask all commercial roofing contractors before hiring them.
- How Long Will the Project Take?
The contractor you hope to hire should provide clear expectations on how long your project will take. While a job could be finished a little early or take a little longer, having a ballpark timeline is essential. If a contractor can’t offer a timeline estimate, they aren’t the best option for your commercial roofing project.
- Will I Be Able to Continue My Business Operations During the Project?
Sometimes it’s possible to continue business operations during a roofing project. Other times you can’t because doing so would be unsafe. You can read on here about different types of roofing damage and what that means for your business operations.
- Are You Licensed, Bonded, and Insured?
You should only work with commercial roofing contractors that are appropriately licensed to work in your area. You’ll also want to look for those who are bonded and fully insured.
A ‘bond’ is an amount of money that has been put aside to pay for insurance claims. At a minimum, you want to find a company that carries both liability and workman’s comp insurance.
- Does the Roof Installation or Repair Work Come With a Warranty?
If your commercial roof is being replaced, it should come with a warranty. How long a warranty lasts will vary based on several factors, so be sure to ask before hiring.
Some roofing companies will offer a warranty on any repair work they’ve done. This means if something goes wrong with the repair itself during a specific time frame, the company will fix it. Not all companies offer warranties on repairs, however, so be sure to ask.
- Do You Provide Your Own Dumpster for Refuse?
Commercial roofing contractors should bring their own dumpsters. Roofing projects create a lot of refuse, and you shouldn’t be required to supply a way to dispose of it.
Be sure to ask where the contractors plan on placing the dumpster, also. Dumpsters can get very heavy when full. This heavy weight can cause significant damage to your sidewalks, driveways, and lawns.
A professional, experienced contractor will understand the damage dumpsters can cause. They should provide a plan to place their provided dumpster where it will cause the least (or no) damage.
Do You Have More Questions About Hiring Commercial Roofing Contractors?
When you need to hire professional roofers for your business, you want to hire the best available. Asking the five questions above can help you feel confident in the roofers you choose to hire.
Do you have more questions about hiring commercial roofing contractors?
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