8 Tips for Selecting a Roofing Contractor

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8 Tips for Selecting a Roofing Contractor

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When choosing the right contractor for your roofing needs, it is important to consider several factors. The roof system comprises several components – deck, membrane, insulation, and flashings – which must work together to be effective. Any problems with the application of these components can lead to premature failure. As such, you must select a contractor with the experience and expertise to carry out the work properly. From suggestions by Chando Roofing, here are 8 factors to take into account when making your decision:

Actual Cost

When choosing a contractor for a project, the price is often the main deciding factor. Various contractors are often asked to provide bid estimates for the job, and the one with the lowest price is awarded the project. This format is commonly used in public bids – such as local, state, or federal government projects – where rules usually stipulate that the low bidder must be given the job unless there is a valid reason to disqualify their bid.

Several potential problems exist with using a low-bid process for awarding construction contracts. First, it can result in inequality among bidders, as some may be able to offer lower prices than others due to having access to cheaper materials or labor. Additionally, low-bidder may make mistakes during bidding that could jeopardize project quality. Building owners and facility managers should consider all bids before avoiding these issues.

In deciding which contractor to hire, it is generally advisable to consider factors other than price. However, there may be circumstances where all the contractors you are considering are equally qualified and bidding on the same system, materials, and application procedures. In such a case, the price may be the deciding factor. It is important, however, to make sure that the lowest-priced bid is not simply the result of the contractor having missed something in the bid process.

Pre-qualify

To make sure that all contractors are qualified to perform the project, it is crucial to pre-qualify them before the bid process. This will guarantee that the contractors submitting bids have equivalent experience, professionalism, and craftsmanship.

Scope of work

When it comes to low-slope commercial roofs, you have many different options in terms of materials and systems. The method you choose for installation – a replacement or a recovery job – will also affect the cost. To get accurate bids from contractors, it’s best to provide a scope of work that outlines the materials, system, and installation method you want.

Contractors must include a comprehensive scope of work when submitting bids for a project. By doing so, you can be certain that your comparisons are accurate. Additionally, request a proposed schedule with an expected start time and expected completion date. 

Financial strength

It is important to vet your potential contractor by asking for their financial records from the past few years. This will show if they are reliable businesses with the resources to finish your project. The importance of financial stability increases as the project’s duration grows. You run the danger of being unable to complete the project or being stuck with shoddy work if you don’t hire a financially stable contractor.

A contractor’s financial strength can be best assessed by their main suppliers – manufacturers, disposal services, equipment companies, and distributors they regularly deal with. These suppliers can provide an accurate overview of a contractor’s financial stability.

Experience and history

When hiring a company, it is critical to analyze its past. A well-established company is more likely than a young company to produce superior workmanship. Checking to see if the firm has been operating with the same name and tax identification number for a long time might give you peace of mind that they are skilled and experienced. Additionally, check whether the company’s ownership and management have been stable or whether the company was recently sold to new owners. This could have an impact on how the company currently operates. Finally, check the company’s history for any bankruptcy or delayed tax filings.

Service record

Roofing firms have a history of providing subpar customer service. However, in recent years, the attitude has altered due to increased industry professionalism, a suffering economy, and rising competition. Most roofing companies today have distinct service divisions that take care of repairs, upkeep, and leak repair for completed roof areas. This is an important factor to consider when picking a contractor, especially since many warranties call for yearly roof system maintenance to remain in effect. Conducting this maintenance with the same company that installed the roof is often beneficial to the owner since that company has a vested interest in its long-term performance.

When you are in the process of bidding for a contractor, make sure to ask about their service rates and response time in case of a leak. Ideally, you want a contractor who can respond immediately or within 24 hours at the latest.

Track record

When choosing a contractor, it’s crucial to do your research. Make sure you ask the contractor for references, then get in touch with them. Learning how the contractor handles issues throughout the project is also crucial. To learn more about the contractor’s work on challenging projects, get in touch with the roofing manufacturers with which they are accredited. You can also contact your state’s Department of Professional Regulation or Better Business Bureau to see if the contractor has faced any complaints.

Insurance coverage

You should ensure that the contractor you hire has a current Certificate of Insurance. This will ensure that they are compliant with your requirements as well as the state requirements. It is important to check that the insurance coverage is still in effect for the project’s duration.

Workers’ compensation and general liability are two important coverages to evaluate. If the building, the landscaping, or the contents are damaged, the contractor should be covered by insurance. Given the nature of the construction, the damage is always possible. Additionally, workers’ compensation rates must adhere to state regulations. Be sure to confirm the most recent regulations with your state.