Tips on Selecting Commercial Roofers Near Me

To a reputable, trained roofer, a ‘roof is not merely a roof.’ Commercial and residential structures offer their own unique characteristics, albeit the challenges faced by the consumers equate to great expense and potential for value loss in cases of natural disasters. You will need to select the best possible company from many commercial roofers.

These require the craftsmanship of skilled experts to install quality materials based on the latest technology and current applications. The right professional will understand that, while these are both ‘types’ of roofs, they offer key differences creating a challenge in finding the appropriate system for the individual structure. 

In selecting the appropriate contractor for your project, it’s ideal to attempt to find someone who has performed jobs in a variety of situations, perhaps both commercial and residential, with a range of models and materials. The knowledge gained and skills developed from these experiences are invaluable not only for their quality of craft but the satisfaction of those employing them. 

Signs The Commercial Contractor Selected Is The Right One For The Job

A roofing project is a costly endeavor making it critical to ensure the commercial roofers in Spartanburg you choose are of the optimum in craftsmanship, reputation, and experience. It can prove overwhelming with the number of commercial roofers offering, but in doing research, there are vital components to consider before making the ultimate decision.

Are people recommending their services? 

Roofing is not something people have done regularly. It’s a once every decade or so kind of job. If you happen to know someone who had a new roof placement, you could use them for a professional service recommendation. 

If it’s a colleague in the same business park, a client of your company who may have had dealings with the expert, or someone else you may be familiar with, they will be a trustworthy resource.

People familiar to you won’t want to color the truth for fear of straining a relationship. You will likely receive complete details of how well or how poorly the job was done, allowing you to avoid a bad situation. 

In some cases, you can see roof work being completed on new office projects throughout neighborhoods. These are ideal opportunities to speak with someone pertaining to the workmanship, whether it be the business owner or the head of the project. You want to collect information for different commercial roofers.

There is a valid license.

In most situations, roofers need to be licensed. Unless you have proof of a license, you should eliminate them from your potential choices. It’s a good idea to also view ratings, especially with the Better Business Bureau. These allow you to determine the commercial roofers’ profiles. There are also company reviews from previous clients provided on the site.

There is no problem in providing a written estimate.

Once you’ve narrowed down your list to a standard selection of three choices, you should anticipate a written estimate from each of the contractors. Anyone who will only provide a verbal statement should be eliminated. You want to see what services will be made available to you before, during, and after the project. For reasons, preventative maintenance is critical for roofing.

These should come to you on their letterhead with a company logo for your documentation, comparison, and legalities. These are standard following the initial consultation. Most quality service providers make their site open for visits to share examples of past jobs, serving as references for the contract.

All professionals should have a website.

In the age of technology, any business that wants to be visible needs to have a viable website with all products and services offered outlined. This is true also for commercial roofers. The content should be comparable to the contracts’ information, so it’s possible to cross-check the data. 

There should be references to certifications, licensing, and insurance on the site along with any promotions, discounts, or financing information. A website won’t necessarily be a roofing contractor’s most significant strength, so judgment should be held on its logistics. Still, it should be user–friendly and offer plenty of relevant information to the customers.

Referrals are provided upon request.

You should be able to request references from previous clients whom you can either call or stop by their place of business to view the work that was completed on their structure. With these, the idea is to obtain a good list that will show the variety in their roofing solutions leading you to get a clearer picture of skill level, experience, and quality of service.

When you have the initial consultation, where should you anticipate the meeting with a service professional of merit? The contractor is going to want to be on the roof. You may not want to be up there per se. But the expert needs an inspection before there is any conversation to be had. 

If you have a consultation where the ‘expert’ steers clear of the ladder, it’s not the right person for the job. There would be no possibility for a fair or accurate written estimate without visually, physically inspecting the structure with no certainty the person can perform the work. Some contractors will be better suited for specific roof structures. Read one specific example where you need a special type of roofer.

Final Word

Claims state that a genuine, reputable commercial roofer won’t ask for a deposit, upfront fees, or any type of down payment. Many agreements may require step payments, but a quality contractor won’t need any money initially. If you receive a request for these funds, this should act as a ‘red flag’ for you that this person is not legitimate or subpar in the field.

The same falls true with inquiries. If you are a business owner who has a commercial roofer put a new structure on your small company, you of all people understand customers’ questions. In your position, if you don’t take the time to provide helpful, informative feedback, clients walk away. 

In choosing a contractor, you want to ensure that your personalities mesh and that you can inquire as much as you need to until you’re satisfied with what will transpire through the course of the job. 

If there is any sense of aggravation, impatience, or inadequate responses in order to push things along, this is not someone with whom you want to create a working relationship. The interaction that you experience will likely translate into the work ethic used to finish the job.

Hold out for a commercial professional who has their customers’ interests in mind. From the first phone call through to the consultation and in enduring all questions, these characteristics will stand out over each person you speak with, leading you to the right commercial roofing contractor.

Dragan Sutevski

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Dragan Sutevski is a founder and CEO of Sutevski Consulting, creating business excellence through innovative thinking. Get more from Dragan on Twitter. Contact Dragan