Roofs can sometimes fall into the out of sight, out of mind category when it comes to property maintenance responsibilities. But it’s important to inspect your roof at least once a year to keep it in great working order.
For most property owners, inspecting and then doing any repair work on a roof is out of their DIY wheelhouse (especially since there is a high danger level). This is why it’s a great idea to hire a commercial roofing company to handle all of your roofing needs. They can complete the inspection, conduct regular maintenance, perform repairs, and even replace the whole thing if needed.
Before hiring a roofing company, it’s important to ask questions to get a good idea of what you can expect. Here are seven of the questions we think every customer should get the answers to.
1. Are You Licensed and Insured?
As you do your research for hiring any company to do work on your commercial building, the first thing you should ask is if they are licensed and insured. Working with a company that doesn’t have these qualifications is a huge risk to you and should be avoided at all costs!
A licensed company means the business has taken the proper steps to prove they are legitimate and can meet set quality and safety standards.
An insured business has insurance to cover accidents and problems that can come up during a job. Without this, you (as the property owner) could be liable to pay for things that aren’t in the scope of the project. Checking for these things is always a must!
2. What Services Do You Offer?
Next, you’ll want to make sure the roofing company can handle the jobs you have in mind. There are so many aspects to taking care of a roof and not all companies do all of them.
Asking for a list of potential services should give you a good idea of what they can offer you. Then you can compare to the problems you are having or have had in the past. Working with one company for all your roofing needs can make the whole process much easier and less time-consuming since you won’t have to start your research over again.
3. Will You Provide an Estimate?
While most of the work we get done is completely necessary and worth the cost, it’s still nice to know what you can expect on the bill once the job is done. Double-check that the roofing contractor is able to give you a detailed estimate.
These estimates should break down every aspect of the job including labor, materials, and any other fees you may be required to pay.
Sometimes things change but it’s so much better to have a realistic ballpark number to start with than going in blind to a project. This way you can make more informed decisions and budget wisely.
4. How Do You Decide Between Repairing or Replacing?
The decision to either repair or replace a roof isn’t always a black and white case. Sometimes it’s very obvious but other times the choice can go either way. When you feel like you may be in that situation, it’s good to know what the parameters are for either option before they see your roof.
This way you can understand why decisions are made and what the best course of action will be.
5. Is Your Work Guaranteed?
Roof maintenance is often a larger expense, especially when you have to replace the whole thing. The investment is obviously worth it since a functioning roof can save you so much in necessary repairs and keeps your family safe.
Since it can be quite a bit of money, you want to make sure that it’s going to last as long as possible. Working with a roofing company that guarantees their work or offers warranties on jobs is the best way to feel secure in your investment. These things will allow you to get repairs done at no additional cost if something goes wrong after the job is completed.
6. What Materials Do You Use?
There are a surprising number of roofing material options available on the market these days. You can find an option in basically any color you can think of! All to fit your style and preferences of your exterior.
The last thing you want is to find a company to work with only to realize they don’t work with the roofing products you prefer.
If you have strong feelings about what type of roofing materials are used on your property, it’s a good idea to know that ahead of time to be sure you can ask. The professionals from the roofing company will also be able to give you advice on which options may work best for your building.
7. Do You Offer a Free Inspection?
Sometimes we just don’t know if work on our roof is necessary or not, which is where free inspections can come in handy!
Before hiring a roofing company, ask if they’ll come to take a look at your property for free to see what actions they would advise moving forward. This can give you peace of mind that you’re on the right track before moving forward.
Hiring a Commercial Roofing Company
Making sure all of the buildings you own are in the best shape can be a full-time job. There’s so much to manage and take care of. Getting on the roof is likely the last thing you want to deal with.
Hiring a commercial roofing company allows you to feel confident that you’re not going to have major problems from a roof leak or other roofing problems. They’ll take that load off your shoulders and make sure everything is just how it needs to be. And, best of all, they’ll be on your team in case anything comes up in the future!
If you’re interested in getting a free inspection or a quote for potential work on your roof, contact us today!