It shields you from the sun, the rain, the moon and the stars but eventually your roof will give in and let at least one of these in. The question is what will you do when that time comes? You can try to fix the problem yourself but that can be dangerous for you and your roof.
Here are some easy and painless tips and tricks to hopefully help you weed through the commercial roofing contractors to find the best ones to do the job. Things to ask, what to look for, and what to look-out for.
Ask for references. What real commercial flat roofing contractor’s don’t take pride in their past work? The bad ones. Ask for references of past jobs, and past clients. Make sure the company you are dealing with can handle the job you are proposing they undertake. Then make use of these references and call them! Ask about their budgeting ability – did they stay on price? On time? Were you satisfied? Would you recommend them?
Review their website. Often overlooked but the website has far surpassed the modern day business card as a gauge of aptitude. Work ethic shows – a sloppily laid out website is reflective of a company who overlooks the details. A commercial flat roofing company wants to put their best foot forward, and this is done with a website. A good website, one that is easy to navigate and shows past work, will help you get a better idea of how proud a company is of their work. If they do good work, they usually want to show it off. Check to see if their site has detailed photography. A plain white roof photos from high above might not tell you a lot, but an up close image of specific repair, and the care that goes into it, will help greatly.
Ask questions. Ask a lot of questions. Flat roof repair and replacement is mundane for commercial flat roofing contractors but not for you. From the initial roofing consultation, picking materials asking about the prices, the budget, the time allotted. Clarify everything before you sign the contract, then let your commercial contractor do his/her job.
Hopefully with these tips in mind you can find a comprehensive and reliable commercial roofing contractor who will understand your business' individual needs and limitations so that together you can navigate the murky waters of your flat roof repair. From the design phase to material selection to job completion and finally ongoing maintenance and repair – a good roofing contractor should be willing and ready to do it all.