February 28, 2020
How Do You Choose A Commercial Roofing Contractor?
Our top three tips for selecting the right contactor
Commercial and industrial roof repair or replacement can have big ramifications if done incorrectly. Risks such as water damage to products or equipment can lead to downtime and skyrocket costs that can be detrimental to your company. Choosing a contractor to repair or replace a commercial roof requires due diligence on your part. Finding a contractor is easy, but finding a contractor with the right experience, certifications and availability can be more difficult. Here are three key traits of a commercial roofing contractor you should consider before starting your next roofing project.
1. Specific Experience
Experience matters. Commercial roof repair and replacement require different materials, systems and skills than residential shingle roof projects. Experience in your specific type of roofing system is key. Ask your contractor for examples of similar roof projects as a gauge of experience. Commercial flat roofs and metal roof systems require expertise for each manufacturer’s product. Not all systems are installed the same, even for similar roof types.
It is not too much to ask to speak with former customers who have had similar work completed. Look for examples with photos of previous work online like we have here.
2. Certified Installer
While most roofing companies will advertise warranted work, it is best to find a contractor who is certified by the system manufacturer. Roofing supply manufacturers like Firestone, Johns Manville, and Carlisle have certification programs for contractors and installers. Ask your contractor for information about their preferred system and any certifications they have for it. Oftentimes, a manufacturer's warranty is dependent on your contractor’s certification. Enterprise is proud to be certified with every manufacturer we use and install, including Firestone, Johns Manville, Carlisle, Duro-Last, and Sarnafil. Our partnership with these manufacturers keeps us up to date on installation best practices and the newest products available for our customers.
3. Choose Local
Local contractors have an advantage over others who may service your geographical area. By choosing a local contractor, there is often better availability thanks to their proximity to your location, reducing travel time and scheduling issues. Additionally, you’ll be able to better identify a partner who is a good fit and responsive to your roofing needs.
Finding a local contractor makes it easy to obtain those client testimonials and see their work up close. Search for local contractors on social media sites like NextDoor and Yelp and through a Google search where reviews and photos are often available. Remember, your local commercial roofing contractor benefits when you are satisfied with your roof and your business is successful.
The Enterprise Roofing Way
Are you planning a major commercial or industrial roof repair or replacement in the coming months? Enterprise Roofing is the Dayton area’s most trusted and reliable partner for commercial roofing renovations and repairs. You can find examples of recent commercial projects here. If you are ready for a quote, request one online or give us a call at 937-240-2206