The quality of the repairs performed on your commercial roof or of the new roof on your commercial building is essential for the safety and success of your business – without a solid, well-kept roof, you risk disruption in your operations as well as damage to your property and your assets. To avoid such issues, you need to make sure that the roofer you hire for your roofing projects is the best for the job. The process of hiring a roofer for your commercial property should include the selection of at least three or four potential roofing contractors and a personal meeting, an interview with each of them to help you decide whether the contractor in front of you is, indeed, suitable for the task – here are some important topics to discuss.
License, Insurance and Certificates
Roofers, whether they provide residential or commercial services, need a state-issued license to be allowed to practice legally and most states also require roofing contractors to have at least a general liability insurance that protects the client’s property in case of any damaged caused during the roofing work. During the personal meeting with your Tampa roofer, ask to be shown copies of the documents and take your time to check them.
Roofing is a very complex profession and most roofers specialize in certain roof types, materials and procedures. For the best results, you need a roofer who has experience in handling the type of material that your roof is or will be made from, so the next important topic to talk about when you meet a prospective roofer is the roofer’s experience. Ask the roofer about their previous projects and their references to get figure out the level of expertise that your roofer can offer.
The Roofing Process
Respected Tampa commercial roofers are willing to explain to you every step of the roofing process. Ask the roofer to tell you about the steps involved in the workflow, about the size and composition of the roofing team, about the duration of the project, the materials used, the payment terms, the warranties that the roofer offers on the materials as well as on the labor, about the way that the waste generated during the process will be handled – these are all very important topics to touch upon.
You need to get every detail of the roofing process in writing, so at the end of the meeting with the prospective roofer, request a written cost estimate that itemizes everything you have talked about. After you receive cost estimates from each of the roofers that you have interviewed, take your time to review and to evaluate each document to make sure that you pick the best contractor. Don’t make the final price the only factor to inform your decision – evaluate the estimates in terms of the quality of the materials proposed, the timeframe, the warranties, the services included. After you picked the roofer that seems the best for you, there is one more step ahead: draft a contract with all the details of the agreement with your roofer, sign it and get it signed by the roofing contractor, too.