If you are a long-term tenant or the owner of an office building, at some point your office building’s roof will need repair, or worst-case scenario, replacement. The roof should be inspected at least annually and certainly after any intense weather.
Inspectors should look for normal wear and tear that may have developed into a more problematic situation, any build-up of moisture or water, weather or structural damage. A professional roof repair company should document everything, even if there is no work to be done on this occasion.
Roof repair and installation can end up being one of the most costly aspects of maintaining an office building and it’s often not something that is budgeted for. However, it’s not something that should be scrimped on. Government grants are available in some situations, but usually only for smaller businesses.
If you’re having a roof installed, then using the services of a commercial roofing company may seem expensive, but it will be worth it in the long run. All roofing companies are not equal – you really should consult one that has plenty of experience with office building roofs repair & installation. They can advise on the best type of roof for your building and will be aware of the challenges in your area, such as extreme heat or freezing winters. Extreme heat can cause the roof to expand more than usual during the day, and contract at night. This makes the roof more susceptible when dust storms or tropical rains come in.
Choosing a Contractor – What You Should Know
From collecting the information on your office building to contacting potential roofing companies and reviewing estimates, being prepared can be most helpful in the case of your office building roof repair or installation.
Select a few contractors who deal with office building roofs repair to talk to and compare their services. Here are some suggestions on how to compare them:
- Check out their website and their social media. Do they present themselves well?
- Read testimonials left by other customers and how the company has responded to any queries or complaints.
- Are they registered with the NRCA? (National Roofing Contractors Association)
- Ensure they are fully licensed and insured.
- Inquire with the Better Business Bureau to see if there have been any complaints lodged against them.
Do give the office building roof repair company as much information as possible so they can get a good idea of what you need. Here are some tips so that you can get a reasonably accurate estimate:
- Let them know about the building – location, size, whether there’s good access.
- Disclose any previous work done on your office building roof. If you have a log, that’s very helpful.
The estimate should not just include the price but should be quite detailed – including materials, labor, cost, the length of time it’s expected to take, the contractors who will be working on your project and payment due dates. Also, find out if they have a warranty.
Once you have all these details from a couple of reputed office building roof repair & installation companies, you should be in a good place to make a decision.