Flat Roof Series 5: Choosing the Best Flat Roofing Company
Now that you’ve chosen your material, you need to choose a roofing contractor that specializes in that system. An experienced commercial roofing contractor often makes all difference. On one hand, you have an effective installation of a high-quality flat roofing system. On the other, you have a flat roof that requires persistent repairs or has to be replaced earlier than others. Van Martin Roofing is a reliable commercial roof company. One of our core values is empowering our customers by giving them the tools needed to make well-informed decisions.
Value is an often forgotten idea in the roofing industry. The quick, cheapest fix is often the one that stands out to many customers, but what they save initially, they end up paying for down the road. We make it our mission to ensure more building owners are educated about how to increase the lifespan of their roofs by choosing the right roofers to install, repair, & maintain your roof.
1. Stick with a Bonafide Flat Roof Expert
Many roofers will jump at the chance to work on your roof regardless of the types of systems and materials you have. The problem is your flat or low-sloped roof is a very specialized system. Only a specialist can ensure your investment is protected.
2. Look into Our Track Record
No matter how much a roofer claims to be flat roof professionals, they still may lack sufficient experience, resources, or may not have worked on roof systems similar to yours. It’s a good idea to ask and research various, successful flat roofing projects completed by each contractor you’re researching before making your final decision. Angie’s List is a great place to find reviews; testimonials can be helpful, too, but it’s best to speak to previous customers directly to properly gauge their level of satisfaction.
3. Talk with an Expert
When it comes time to contact a roofing company, insist you speak with someone who understands flat roofs and has worked on your type of roofing system. Ask yourself the following questions as they will often help you arrive at the answers you need to make an informed decision: is your point of contact typically able to take your call? if not, is your contact prompt about returning your calls/emails? Does the contact answer your questions directly? Do the answers sound reasonable and make sense? Does your contact offer helpful advice and suggestions?
4. Be Protected
It is essential to get written warranties for workmanship and materials. You don’t want to end up paying for problems such as defects or improper installations. Just as important is a liability. Request a certificate of insurance to ensure you aren’t liable for any damages. Research our safety policy to confirm that your customers, staff, and building will be safeguarded.
5. Learn Who Will Perform the Work
The best option is finding a roofing contractor with a team of full-time flat roofers, and avoid contractors that employ contractors for individual projects.
6. Acquire a No-Obligation Estimate
Any flat roofer worth his salt should supply a comprehensive and comprehensible cost estimate, tender specification, and scheduling. A legitimate estimate takes a thorough inspection and review of your flat roof, which will likely include illustrations and photographs.
Sound research takes time, but by crossing your t’s and dotting your I’s, you will find a contractor as meticulous and passionate about protecting your investment as you are.