Business Owners Beware: Avoid These 3 Missteps When Signing On A Roofing Professional
There is never a more precious time than when deciding on whom to hire to replace or fix the roof of your business. This decision could cost you thousands of dollars in unnecessary spending, not to mention countless hours of worry and stress. This is why it is of utmost importance that you vett each contractor thoroughly before making a decision. RMS Top Choice Roofing would like to offer the following advice when attempting to pick a roofing specialist.
Don’t Pay For Unnecessary Replacement
Avoid being told that your entire roof needs to be torn off. While most in the roofing industry believe that if a ¼ of your roof is waterlogged, then the whole thing is better off replaced. The idea being that since most businesses have a larger square footage of roof compared to homes, once you reach that ¼ bench mark, it would be a waste of money to replace just the damaged area – think of it like an old car you used to have, it’s been around forever and now the transmission has gone out; do you pay the few thousand dollars to get the transmission fixed, or do you just go out and invest in a new car? More than likely you’ll invest in a new car. Now, that being said, where you can get into trouble is when you have a roofer who suggests you replace your whole roof, when only, say, 10% of your business’s roof is waterlogged. This is a tricky situation that many business owners find themselves in.
Going Cheap Is Not Always Better
While it may be tempting in the short term to choose the cheapest roofer to fix the roof on your business, rest assured that investing some extra money on the front end will pay dividends long term. There is a laundry list of things that can go wrong when choosing to go cheap including, but not limited to:
- Materials that give out after only a few years
- Poor craftsmanship
- Improper installation
Once again, make sure you are doing your due diligence when choosing a contractor. Talk to friends, read reviews online, and then compare prices. Can you find a bargain from time to time? Sure, but you just better certain before making the hire.
Make Sure Your Roofing Specialist Is Available To You Long After Your New Roof Is Installed
Much like a really good company with a wonderful customer service department, choosing a roofing specialist who offers after-the-fact maintenance and inspection can add years to your roof and keep dollars in your pocket. Short-sightedness comes in when business owners don’t think or know that a roofing company offers maintenance and inspection for commercial jobs within their upfront price. As standard and yearly preservation is just as important as getting a new roof, it is vital to choose a roofer who offers this extra service. Will it generally cost a little more in the short term? Possibly. But as stated above, the long term benefits far outweigh the initial upfront cost.
We hope these few tidbits have been informative for you, and will help you to make an informed decision when choosing a commercial roofing specialist.