HOW TO EVALUATE COMMERCIAL ROOFING CONTRACTORS
Choosing a commercial roofing contractor to help you with your next roofing project can be a daunting process. Not only do you want a contractor who will help you with your upcoming project, but you should also be looking for one to be a partner with you for years to come. A good commercial roofing contractor can save you serious money every year by preventing problems before they occur. Let’s look at how you should evaluate roofing contractors that may work on your roof to increase your chances of making a good decision.
You want to choose commercial roofing contractors that have a lot of experience. They’ve been around for a while, they have a good track record in the community, and you can look at their past jobs to see what kind of work they do.Experience is a great indicator that the people they have worked for in the past are happy and haven’t told their friends and family to avoid using them as a contractor.
This trait feeds off of the contractor’s experience. If they have been around for a while, you can ask around their past jobs and see what people say about them. You will be able to get a feel for their honesty in meeting with your potential contractor, but asking their references is the best way to find out if a contractor is trustworthy or not.
A commercial roofing contractor that works with multiple systems is a contractor that wants their customers to be happy. Some customers only work with one, maybe two systems because those are the systems that make them the most money. A contractor that is concerned with their customers’ happiness will learn to work with multiple systems to ensure they can always offer the best fit for their customers.
Have they established a good reputation in the community? This goes hand-in-hand with trustworthiness and experience, but do people who have used them like them and recommend them? A contractor can tell you anything they want, but it’s the customers that provide the most useful information.
When you look at their past jobs, simply ask yourself if you’d be happy if that roof was on your building. If the answer is always yes, then they offer quality you’ll be pleased with. If the answer is mostly no, then you may need to keep looking for another contractor. If the results are a mixture of yes and no, you need to further investigate their past work.
This not only means that the contractor is committed to finishing their work in a timely manner for you, but also that they are capable of finishing it in a timely manner. If they are a small outfit with 2-3 crews, they probably have a backlog of work and you’ll have to wait your turn. If you’re in a rush, look for a commercial roofing contractor with a lot of crews.
Again, talking with their past customers is the best way to learn about commercial roofing contractors. Are they satisfied or dissatisfied? Do they praise the contractor or have major complaints about them? Get the feel for their past customers’ satisfaction and you can closely predict your own satisfaction.