Roof replacement and extensive roof repair are expensive projects – if your roof is old or damaged beyond repair or if you need a major fix, it is essential to ensure that your money is well-spent and the roofing services that you receive are the best.
The process of finding a suitable Atlanta commercial roofing contractor should always start with the identification of multiple roofers in your area, followed by face to face meetings with each of them. It is very important to prepare for the meeting, so here are some of the most relevant topics to cover during your discussions with potential roofing partners.
The Roofer’s Profile and Credentials
Most roofers specialize in handling only certain types of roofs – some work only with metal roofs, others are experts in handling synthetic rubber roofs or are specialists in installing built-up roofs. To ensure the best results, you need a Atlanta commercial roofing contractor who is familiar with all the ins and outs of the type of roof that you have, so finding out about the roofer’s experience in the field is essential.
The other very important thing to check is the roofer’s licensing and insurance status. Most states require roofing contractors to obtain a license and to carry a general liability insurance and a workman’s compensation policy. During the meetings, ask the roofers to provide copies of the documents and take the time to check them for the state in which the documents were issued as well as for their validity. Asking to be shown some portfolio photos and to be provided verifiable references is also important.
Your Roofing Options
Whatever material you want to be used on your roof, the category surely includes products manufactured by different manufacturers, in different quality categories. Ask the roofer to tell you about your option and to outline the pros and con of each of the proposed solutions.
The Roofing Process
Before you start a roofing process, you need to know exactly what the process will involve. Ask the roofer to walk you through the entire process. Cover as many of the related questions as you can think of, including who will be supervising the work; how many people will work on your roof; how the roofing site will be prepared; how the materials will be installed; how long the project will take and how the debris generated will be removed.
Prices and Warranties
The price of the project is another essential detail. Request a detailed cost estimate from each of the contractors you talk and find out about the warranties offered, too (ideally, your roofer should provide a manufacturer’s warranty on the products used as well as a warranty on the workmanship). Take your time to compare the cost estimates you receive in terms of the final amount, the completion deadline and the quality levels of the materials proposed.
The Final Step
There is one more important thing to do before starting the project: draft and sign a contract. You should not engage into a roofing project without a written contract that lists all the terms and conditions of your agreement with the Atlanta commercial roofing contractor.