How to Choose a Commercial Roofing Contractor

Choosing a commercial roofing contractor can be a challenge. This is especially true when you don’t know exactly what you should be looking for. To find a trusted commercial roofing contractor, there are some important questions you should ask during your interview process, and a few of them are outlined below.

Does Your Company Carry Insurance?

A good commercial roofing contractor should always carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance so that you are protected if a roofing accident should occur. You should always verify this by asking to see your contractor’s insurance certificates. Be aware that if one of your contractor’s workers is injured while working on your property, you may be held liable if the contractor does not have workers’ compensation insurance.

Are You Licensed?

To understand the importance of this question, you will need to know what your state’s licensing requirements are for roofing contractors, as not all states will require licensure. The states that do will require that a contractor passes a written examination. Some cities also require licensing, so check with the licensing authority in your community for more information.

Can You Provide References?

When looking for a commercial roofing contractor, you should always ask to see pictures of their completed work. Request a list of names and contact information of some of their most recent commercial customers. When contacting references, it may be helpful to ask some of the following questions:

  • Did the contractor complete the work on time?
  • Was the contractor responsive to problems or information after the job was completed?
  • Would you label the contractor as trustworthy?
  • Did the contractor act as if he cared about your best interest?

What is Your Warranty?

Many commercial roofing contractors will provide a warranty on their work that will last for one or more years. This is important as it means the contractor is willing to stand by his work and will fix problems if they happen to arise. When contacting references, you should discuss if there were any warranty issues and whether the contractor stood behind his warranty.