Many assume commercial roofing and residential are the same thing, while there are some similarities, there are also many differences. Even considering small properties the size of a typical house, a commercial project will still be vastly different than residential work. Commercial roofing projects usually require unique materials and experience, and finding a top-notch commercial roofing contractor isn’t always easy.
On your search to locate a commercial roofing company, there are a few key considerations. Right off the bat, make sure the company is reputable, this should go without saying, but often it is advice not heeded. Second, does the company have a good BBB rating? How about their reviews on Yelp and other similar sites? If you to happen to find negative reviews about the company, did you notice the nature of their response? Were they combative? Or did it seem like they were attempting to resolve the matter? And finally, are they licensed and insured?
Concerning licenses, a commercial roofer needs to have a roofing license in the area they intend to pull permits. But it is also advisable to find a company that also maintains a general contractors license, this can be very helpful. It often isn’t just the roof that needs work with many commercial properties, quite often other permits will need to be pulled for project outside of the scope of a roofer alone. It is wiser to keep all of this within one company. Otherwise, you’ll have to juggle numerous companies and contractors to see the project finished.
One thing a lot of business owners and property managers overlook is does the company have the manpower to tacke large projects. Just because the company itself is big doesn’t mean they can necessarily take on your project and finish it on time. However, are they overstretched? And conversely, if the company is not big, can they even handle it, to begin with? Strict deadlines are standard in commercial construction, so ensure the roofing contractor offers you some kind of guarentee to finish within a reasonable time frame.
It is also advisable to ensure the company has completed similar jobs to yours, especially if it’s a massive project that will take more than likely months to complete. Then, again, your nerves will feel much more at ease working with a commercial roofing company that has had successful projects that are like yours.