Recoating a roof is one of the biggest investments a building owner can make. Fluid applied roofs can last for 20 years or more, therefore selecting the right company is of utmost importance. Ideally, the company selected will have years of experience, in-depth knowledge, and an outstanding reputation.
Here are some tips to help guide you through the process.
The internet is a great place to start. A simple Google search will bring up multiple local companies for you to choose from. From here you can narrow down your search by looking at case studies on their websites, viewing previously completed jobs and reading reviews.
Another option is to reach out to distributors and material manufacturers and ask them to provide a list of preferred companies.
Ask for referrals from friends, family, and businesses in your area. Make sure the referrals you receive have had work done recently and their projects are similar to yours. Don’t just scan over the list of referrals, make an effort to contact each of them. They will give you their unbiased opinion on their experience working with that company and how they communicated before and after the job.
Are They Properly Licensed, Certified & Insured
Before signing on the dotted line, make sure the company you select has provided proof of the following:
If the company you select does not hold the proper certifications, licenses, and insurance you could be held responsible for alleged wrongdoing or accidents caused by their work. Once documents are provided make copies of them to protect your company.
Experience In The Field
There are many types of roofs and not every company has experience working on each. You wouldn’t hire an electrician to fix a plumbing issue. In this case, you do not want to hire a company that installs residential shingle roofs to apply a silicone coating to your commercial building.
Hiring a company that is not an expert installing your specific roofing type increases the risk of mistakes being made and problems occurring in the future.
The Lowest Price Isn’t Always The Greatest Value
Everyone likes saving money and getting a deal. It can be appealing to select a company strictly based on the lowest bid.
Beware, not all companies use the same products or materials. If a bid comes in substantially cheaper those products could be made from subpar or inferior materials used to cut corners in order to win the job.
In order to better compare materials ask each company to provide a material list with the manufacturer and product names. From here you will be able to request a product data sheet from each manufacturer and compare the specifications.
There is a big difference between a 10,000 sq. ft. roof and a 100,000 sq. ft. roof. You will want to partner with a company that has enough licensed staff to manage your project effectively. Some companies may be too small to handle larger projects.
Ask A lot Of Questions
Selecting a fluid applied roof system is a big investment. If you have questions ask their company, they should be able to answer them in great detail, providing you peace of mind before, during and after the project. Peace of mind is important when making a highly considered purchase; you should feel confident that all of your concerns were addressed when selecting who to work with.
Get A Quote With Multiple Options Provided
Everyone has a budget they have to adhere to. When searching for companies seek out ones that offer different options that are convenient and appropriate for the scope of your project.
Sort Out The Specifics
After selecting a company you are comfortable working with set up a meeting to sort out the specifics. These details should include:
-Start & Completion Dates
-Warranties & Specifications For Products & Workmanship
Following these tips will give you the knowledge and confidence knowing you selected a commercial roofing company that has an outstanding reputation, is knowledgeable and can install your roof with the quality your project demands.