How to Choose a Commercial Roofer

It can be hard to find the right contractor for any type of building project if you manage commercial properties. There are many options, and knowing which commercial roofing contractor will be the right fit for you is difficult.

Old Time Roofing is confident our team can meet the needs of commercial property owners looking for commercial roofing services. We invite you to look around before you decide on the contractor to install your roof.

Locating a Roofer

These are ways to find a reliable roofing contractor that can offer roofing solutions that suit your needs and provide exceptional service.

Referrals are the most trusted way to find services. They can be made from family, friends, or colleagues and they will share their honest opinions on the service they received from the company

Better Business Bureau: The BBB has been long-regarded as the standard for reliable business recommendations. It provides roofing company ratings based on customer reviews. The BBB is a non-profit organization. Its recommendations, resolutions, and accreditations are widely accepted in the US.

Directories: Most commercial roofing manufacturers such as Firestone, Johns Manville, and GAF have directories on their websites where customers can find manufacturer-certified installers. These contractors must meet the manufacturer’s certification requirements and renew their certification often.

Questions for Commercial Roofing Contractors

Once you have found contractors that you feel could meet your needs, it is a good idea for you to speak with the representative of each company to discuss their policies regarding safety, customer service, and other questions. These are some important topics to ask about:

Licensing is required before any company can perform any type of roofing work. The state licensing agencies will often list education requirements that must be met before a license can be issued.

Bonding and insurance: Many states require contractors to have bonding and insurance. The minimum insurance coverage required is usually a general liability, auto, and workers’ compensation. These policies provide protection for the business owner in the event of damages that occur during a roofing job.

Experience: Make sure the roofing company has the necessary experience to work with different types of roofing materials. Also, ensure they know the right tear-off and install methods to ensure that you get the highest quality roofing that will last. If the roofer is manufacturer-certified, they’ve been properly trained to work with the roofing material without issue and in a way that will ensure your warranty remains intact for the full term of coverage.

Refer to previous customers who have used commercial roofing systems similar in nature to yours. To ensure they have had a positive experience and love their roofs, reach out to them.

Warranties: Before you sign a contract, it is important to understand what the warranty terms of the company are. Many contractors offer limited warranties for products, which are more fully covered than manufacturer warranties, and one to three-year warranties on workmanship. Your warranties should cover costs for repairing your roof if it fails because of manufacturing defects or poor roofing installation.

Ted Williams wrote this post! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Pinellas County Commercial Roofing Company! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF, and an achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.