Commercial roofing services are a field of cut-throat competition, primarily because it is lucrative and profitable. Because of the high financial stakes for both building owners and contractors, only the very best can survive. At the same time, there is a lot of wheeling and dealing that goes on to squeeze more profits out of clients through blurring the lines of what is covered under commercial roofing maintenance contracts and what isn’t.
To get the best value for your investment in commercial roofing services as a property owner or business person, you need to be aware of the nuances and guard yourself against being exploited or cheated.
First, let’s bust a myth. There is no such thing as “maintenance-free roofing”.
No matter how durable, sturdy and high quality your roofing materials are, no matter how skilled and expert your roofing contractor is, no matter how recently the roofing job was done, there will always be a growing possibility that your commercial roofing needs repair, maintenance, or in the long run, replacement.
Problems that can stem from a leaky roof are worrisome – and lose productivity for your enterprise. That’s why many businesses view their roof among one of the most valued assets and resources that let the other assets perform effectively. And it’s also why commercial roofing services are so highly valued and in demand.
Preventive maintenance of commercial roofing is a smart strategy. Entering into a long term service contract with reputed professionals who know their job can be the single best decision that allays anxiety and worry. While you consider your choice of professional, be sure to inquire about their warranty certification expertise, years of service, satisfied clients who can give you testimonials and their technical skills in addressing any unique needs of your commercial roofing.
One area you might want to specifically check on is emergency commercial roofing services.
A leaking roof may need emergency attention. If your contractor offers them at a reasonable cost, or better yet, includes them in a service contract, you’re that much ahead of the game. Make sure they have a team in place, with specialists who can handle the specific needs of your roofing system, and that these staff members are available round the year. The worst thing that can happen is if your contractor has one or two handymen who take off for the holiday season, and your roof decides to leak just then!
Assessing the status of your commercial roofing periodically and recommending maintenance jobs is also a part of a good contractor’s responsibilities. By providing you with checklists to go over and carry out minor repairs and changes on your own which will prevent major damage requiring a contractor’s input, these professionals might seemingly be shooting themselves in the foot. But think about it. If your contractor helped you save a few hundred dollars today, wouldn’t you consider him or her for the major overhaul costing thousands of dollars tomorrow? And even tell your friends about their quality work?
Commercial roofing services are diverse and varied. You can read more about what’s generally included under the umbrella term in this article on commercial roofing services.