Roofing Systems and Roofing Repairs are major property investments.
Here are some key things to consider before you begin your project:
What kind of project do you have?
There are different things to consider when choosing the appropriate roofing contractor for your needs based on rather you have a residential or a commercial project. Residential and Commercial building codes often differ, so you’ll need a professional who is well-versed in the appropriate local code sections.
Residential contractors typically repair or replace roofing and/or siding for an existing single-family dwelling or a multiple family dwelling of four or less units. They may also work for a homeowner or home builder to install a roofing system on a newly constructed residence.
Commercial contractors are responsible for everything that residential contractors aren’t. Commercial roofing covers structural framing and prevents rain and other precipitation from entering the building. This roofing structure requires heavier material that is used to protect and seal the top of the commercial buildings. This type of roofing generally has relatively flat slope, but can also include large steep slope metal and shingle applications.
Some contractors do both residential and commercial work, but it is important to let any contractor you’re working with understand your project to make sure their company is a good fit for you.
Best practices on choosing a roofing contractor:
When choosing a contractor there are a few tips you should consider. Every building needs good roofing for structural strength, aesthetics and utility. Research is the absolute best practice when choosing a roofing contractor, whether it is word of mouth, or simply calling around for estimates from contractor’s you’ve found on the internet. Be sure to read reviews. Reviews are a hidden secret when conducting research.
Insurance is a must. Roofing is a job of high risk. Between balancing heavy materials and the height of construction, you don’t want to put yourself at risk, due to any foreseen injuries or property damage. Ensuring that your contractor is insured, will provide you a sense of security knowing that if anything happens the company will be responsible for taking care of any incidents, if they were to occur.
Consider a local contractor. Local contractors typically own local companies and sometime they’re family operated too! Ask about local licensing or registration requirements based on your municipality.
Associations matter! MRCA has developed many educational programs and business forms to benefit the members of the association by saving them money and helping them build and improve their business, so don’t forget to ask if the contractor you’re considering is a member of a roofing association. It’s an indicator that they are committed to continuously improving the services they provide you.
Price isn’t everything. Don’t get too wrapped up in low-cost offers or assume your roofing job has to be the most expensive thing your house needs either. In these situations, research is always key, be sure to do your homework before choosing a contractor. Do get multiple bids or proposals before making a decision on what roofing contractor is right for your project.
Pay close attention to the contents of those proposals! Get the job detail in writing. Clear communication is paramount. A time estimate is for project completion is essential. Be careful of contractors who prolong the process. Setting deadlines per your convenience will eliminate project delays and confusion further down the line.
Find a contractor who is well established and has a positive track record. Consider how long they have been in business and their specific experience with the kind of roofing system that you are considering. Experience plays a big part in their ability to address challenges, and unforeseen project dynamics.