The roof may very well be the most important part of your business’ structure yet it is also the most commonly neglected part of most buildings. Most business owners just do not take the time to stop and think about the roof until problems arise. Roofing maintenance and inspections do not enter their minds until they find a leak, the roof is damaged in a storm, or something else happens. When you do find yourself facing possible roof work or repairs there are five things you must remember when it comes to selecting your roofing contractor:
1. Never let any work be done on your business without having a written contract that has been signed by both parties. Get everything in writing and have copies on hand at all times to refer to if any conflicts, disagreements, or questions arise. The contract should include important information including estimated cost, time frame, materials used, and who’ll be doing the work.
2. As the contractor for references and credentials before you agree to hire them and before you allow them to begin the work. Make sure you call the references and follow up to ensure that the references and reviews you are given are true and accurate. Also check the paperwork that he contractor has and take the time to check that they are properly licensed and insured before you hire them. Without proper insurance you may be held responsible for injuries sustained while on your property and if the contractor is not properly licensed the work they do may be faulty and not up to code.
3. Never pay up front for the work and count it as a massive red flag if a contractor demands full payment upfront. You can expect to be asked for a small down payment so that supplies can be bought and work can begin. However, do not pay for the entire job upfront. The payments can be released in stages as the work is one so more work can be carried out, but it is always a good idea to hold onto the last payment until the work is done and the job has been inspected. It is an added insurance policy you have as a business owner.
4. Make sure you take time to shop around and look at other roofing contractors. You need to get several bids before you ever start selecting the contractor for your roof work. It is a common mistake for business owners to rush the selection process so they do not lose much business time. However, this can be their undoing because the first bid they get might not be the best so it is not always a good idea to take the lowest bid you get. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for so be smart about choosing your roofing contractor.
5. Check the codes at the start so you save yourself time and money down the road. It is vital that you make sure that the work done on your business falls within local codes and regulations. If not, the work may have to be torn down because it is deemed as unsafe and not up to code.
Having roof work done is a big job. Make sure that you do your best to find the best contractor. When you find yourself facing possible roof work or repairs, keep these pointers in mind to make it an easier process for you and your chosen roofing contractor.