How do you find the best commercial roofing contractor for your project?
You’ve budgeted for a significant commercial roof project, and you’re ready to start researching contractors and requesting bids. How can you be sure you’ve found the best commercial roofing contractor in Minnesota for your project? In this blog, we’ll give you seven key things to consider before you even request a bid.
The first quality to look for in a commercial roofing contractor should be expertise. Keep in mind that all roofs are not the same. Be sure the company you choose has experience with building and roof designs similar to yours. You don’t want to be their guinea pig. Ask for references for projects similar to yours.
2. TIME IN BUSINESS
Experience and longevity matter, especially when it comes to commercial roofing contractors. A commercial roofing contractor that has been in business for a long time is still in business for a reason:
- They stand the test of time by doing consistently good work
- They have experience with a wide variety of roof designs and challenges
- They have shown excellence in business management, surviving ups and downs in the economy
A local commercial roofing company that has been under the same ownership for 20+ years shows resiliency through good and bad economic times. These are the companies that will be there throughout your warranty period and beyond.
Mint Roofing has been under the same family of ownership for more than 70 years. Many of our technicians have been with us for more than 20 years. That’s experience you can trust!
3. LOCAL OWNERSHIP
Using a locally-owned commercial roof contractor might not seem all that important, but it is critical. The lure of a national brand that spends lots of money on advertising can be compelling.
When it comes to commercial roofing, locally owned companies are far more committed to the community they serve. We grew up here. We live here. We will be here in 10 years when you need service. Most importantly, we take pride in our work and know that our reputation depends on your satisfaction.
A commercial roofing project requires clear communication from start to finish. Expect prompt responses to your calls and emails. Be sure that they answer your questions and concerns thoroughly and promptly.
Slow communication in the search or bid phase of a project should be a red flag. If they are not communicating well before you commit to working with them, you can’t expect much more once your project is underway.
Facility managers and building owners need to be absolutely certain that their commercial roof contractor has a long list of satisfied customers.
Commercial roofing companies don’t tend to receive as many online reviews as residential roofers do. It’s still a good idea to check their average rating on Google. Anything over 4.5 is exceptional.
You can also check with the local Better Business Bureau and Attorney General’s office to see how they resolve complaints.
6. LICENSE AND INSURANCE
Also, be sure to ask for each contractor’s Minnesota license number before you even begin the bidding process. It is unimaginable that a commercial roofing contractor in Minnesota would solicit bids without a license, but it has happened.
Contact your insurance agent and find out what sort of insurance coverage they recommend for your project. They can help you define the limits of liability needed in the contractor’s Certificate of Insurance. Make sure that they are responsible for any damage to your building or property or any personal injury that results from their work.
Last but certainly not least – ask to see the commercial roof warranty. Asking to see a commercial roofer’s standard warranty before you request a bid will save you time and possibly money.
Understanding the terms of their warranty will help you know what to expect if your new roof has maintenance issues.
- What is covered?
- What is excluded?
- What is the duration of the warranty?
- What is in the fine print?
- Can the warranty be extended for a fee?
Are you ready?
With these seven relatively simple steps, you can eliminate many of the headaches that come with a significant project like this.
At Mint Roofing, we work hard to ensure that your experience is positive, professional, and free of surprises. It’s what has kept us in business for more than 70 years!