Hiring The Right Commercial Roofing Contractor

September 8th, 2017

Picking the right commercial roofing contractor can be a daunting task. 

Making the right decision is critical to the success of your project. Here are some basic guidelines to help you feel confident that the team you assign to your roofing installation or maintenance work is a good fit for you and your business:

• Are they experts in what they do?
There are many companies in this field that are just getting started doing roofing contract work.  Some may have 5-10 years of experience, and they might have tackled some larger projects, but their body of work might not match up to a team that is more established.  For example, Warren Roofing® has been in the roofing business for 95 years.  We’ve seen it all, starting with tar and gravel roofing and then transitioning into today’s more complex and advanced roofing techniques.  In our case, there’s not a project that we haven’t seen before.  That is crucial when it comes to planning and executing a strategy for your roofing needs.

• Is the company innovative?
The roofing industry changes quickly.  If a company is not staying on top of the latest advances and techniques, they can get left behind by their competitors.  If a contractor is not committed to staying on top of the latest industry trends it can impact their work, and ultimately compromise the work they do to your roof. Warren Roofing® prides itself on staying up to date with the latest advancements in roofing techniques and technology. Single-ply roofing is the fastest growing segment in the industry, and Warren Roofing® continues to pledge an ongoing commitment to training and education on this process.

• What kind of materials are they using for your project?
Cleveland presents interesting and difficult challenges in the contracting industry, and roofing is no exception.  With the ever-changing weather climate in Northeast Ohio, your roof can really take a beating.  Technique helps mitigate some of the wear and tear, but if your contractor isn’t using premium materials, even the best install will suffer.  Ensure your chosen contractor is using top-of-the-line roofing materials from industry leaders like Carlisle, Johns Manville, Tremco and others.

• What is the maintenance plan once the install is done?
A roof installation might appear to be a short-term relationship, but the reality is that this is a lifetime commitment between the contractor and the customer. When you hire someone to install a roof, you want them to discuss what their warranty covers and what it will look like 5, 10, or even 25 years down the road.
Warren Roofing® offers a full-service maintenance and repair division to help with any issues with your roof that might occur along the way.  We believe in a proactive approach including semi-annual or annual maintenance visits. Whether we did the original install or you are running into a performance issue from a project done years ago, we are equipped with the tools and expertise you need to have the peace of mind that comes with a quality repair.

• Always check for the qualifications of any contractor.
There are some very telling associations and qualifications that will let you know exactly who you are dealing with. Simply put, if they don’t have the certifications, they don’t have the qualifications you’re looking for to handle your work. Look for a contractor who is certified with all of the major construction and contracting organizations, as well as endorsed by business organizations that reflect their commitment to their customers. Your contractor needs to be qualified to do the work, but also to handle the business relationship as well.

• Communication is key.
You will find the word relationship several times in this article.  It’s mentioned so many times because it truly is the lynchpin for every contract project.  Roofing work is complicated, but communication shouldn’t be.  You should be involved as often as necessary, and informed about every aspect of the job.
Warren Roofing® delivers cloud-based documentation so clients are always informed and transparence is vital.  We believe in honest, straightforward communication.  Our goal is to be your roofing choice for life, and that starts with communication.

We look forward to earning your trust and your business on your next roofing project.

To submit a quote visit the Warren Roofing® website and let us know more about what kinds of commercial roofing services we can provide for you.