It’s not just homeowners that need to worry about roofing. If you own a small business building, this may be something you need to think about, too. But what exactly do you need to consider? Just like a residential roof, a commercial roof needs to protect the building, but there are some other considerations to take into account when roofing your small business building.
Roofing is a fairly quick job (sometimes) and the big difference between commercial and residential roofing is that a homeowner can leave their home while the work is being down to escape the noise and mess. However, a small business owner probably doesn’t want to close down for the time it will take to roof the building. When looking for the right roofer, see how they can work with you on this. Maybe they work on weekends when you are closed for business, or on other days you aren’t open. Make sure they can finish quickly so your business isn’t halted by the work and that you can still have your building accessible while they are working.
Commercial roofs can be more expensive then average residential roofs. Often commercial roofs have less of a slope, which means water doesn’t run off as well. Therefore, the materials have to be a higher grade to insure the building is watertight. Take this into consideration if your building needs a lower sloped roof. You may decide you want a roofer that specializes solely in commercial roofing, or maybe that doesn’t matter to you as long as they are qualified in commercial buildings.
You can get a feel for someone from the first time you speak to him or her. If they seem hurried or bothered by your questions, they may not be the contractor you’re looking for. If they take the time to listen to your needs and questions, they’re probably worth considering. Think about how easy they are to get a hold of – do they offer a cell number or just a general office number? Do they have a real address and offices? Are they willing to sit down with you and work with you, or do they stick closer to their own agenda?
Once you’ve found a few possible contractors, you need to ask some questions. You’ll want to know how long you can expect your roof to last and what kind of warranty they offer. This is a big, expensive project; you want your roof to last. Remember, roofs will last longer in geographical areas with less severe weather, from rain to snow to sun to wind.
Find out how long it will take to finish the project and how they can accommodate your business and customers during the work. Make sure they keep the work area clean and will thoroughly clean when they are finished. You don’t want your customers leaving with roofing nails in their tires.
Ask about warranties, licensing and insurance. These are all necessities and not something you want to forego. You don’t want to lose your business due to someone getting hurt on the job and the roofing company not having proper coverage and liability. If your roofing needs are more complex, you may require the services of a professional engineer who is familiar with current practices and developments.
Commercial roofing is different than residential, not only from a physical standpoint, but also from a logistic one. Ask the right questions, get the right answers and make it your business to find the right roofer.
Kimberley Laws is a regular contributor to HowDoYou.com and the author of two blogs, The Embiggens Project and Searching for Barry Weiss. A "Jill of all trades," she is a High School English Teacher and Certified Career Counselor with a background in makeup artistry, retail banking, and graphic design. She is also a scrapbooking, PEZ-collecting, car enthusiast who loves travelling and New York City.
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