When you need your commercial roof to be repaired or installed, selecting the right contractor is important.

Roofing represents a big investment and poor quality roof products or not having the right contractor not only wastes money, it can also lead to roof failure.

Follow these tips for finding the best commercial roofing contractor and make the most out of your investment.

1. Talk to property managers and property owners. Do you know property managers and/or building owners that have recently replaced the roof on their commercial building? Don’t be afraid to ask them for references.

2. Check out the websites for commercial roofing contractors in your area. Quality contractors will have sites full of information on the services they provide.

3. Look for a contractor with commercial roof experience. A residential-only contractor is not what you are looking for.

4. Next, look at how long the company has been in business. How many years of experience do they have with commercial roofing? How well trained are the employees? Does the contractor use their own employees or is the work sub-contracted to someone else?

5. Look for information regarding any previously completed projects and comments from clients. Contact any references provided for detailed information on how satisfied the customer is.

6. Consider what type of commercial roof solutions the company provides. What manufacturers do they work with? Do they have a strong track record with the type of roofing you need?

7. Check Better Business Bureau reports on any contractors you are considering. Contact your local Chamber of Commerce  or BBB for additional information that may be available.

8. Verify that the business has a valid license to operate in your state. Verify that the contractor has full insurance including liability and Worker’s Compensation.

9. Get and compare several written estimates for the work you need to have done. Compare the quality of the materials the contractor includes in the bid. Pay close attention to the type of warranty provided for new commercial roof installation or repair work.

10. Finally, consider how responsive the contractor is to the questions you ask. If you have trouble getting in touch with them before your project begins, you may have even worse results if you have problems later.

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