So you’ve reached the point where it’s time to replace the roof on your commercial building. Hopefully you’ve planned ahead and your budget is set. If you’ve already built a relationship with a trusted roofing contractor, you’re one step ahead. Either way, here are five tips to help you with the selection process.

  1. Find a contractor who has been around longer than the life of your roof

They will have the best knowledge and experience and are most likely to stand behind their work.

  1. Invest in the Best

Buy a quality product and maintain it instead of buying a cheap product and replacing it more often. It’s best to look at long-term value over initial price, with a vison for 20-25 years down the road. Paying a little more up front for quality and craftsmanship will save you the most money over time. And, remember to ask about their maintenance program and annual inspections!

  1. You get what you pay for

If you’re getting a new roof that includes tear off and you get a bid that is less than $7 a square foot, beware and question the accuracy of the price. If a contractor’s prices are that low, you may receive change orders throughout the project or short cuts may occur somewhere.

  1. Form a long-term relationship with a roofing contractor

This is advice worth repeating. A trusted roofing company and the professionals within will be the eyes on your roof for inspection and maintenance. Their attentiveness will save you time and money in the long run and your records and history will be all in one place.

  1. Look for a Minnesota State-Approved CPV Contractor (for city, state, county agencies, schools or non-profits)

It will save you time in the bidding process and money because it lowers the cost of goods due to collective buying power. You can confidently use state approved contractors.

Be an educated and smart shopper, willing to invest in quality now to save you money down the road. Your commercial roof is one of your biggest and most important capital investments, so choose wisely.