A new roof system can be costly. It is the most expensive exterior building component. However, it is also the only element that is built on-site and is dependent on the proper application to ensure long-term success. Roof systems are made up of several components, including a deck, insulation membrane, flashings, and flashings. They must all work together in perfect synchronicity. Failure to properly apply any component of the system can lead to premature failure. The selection of the right contractor is crucial to the success of the system’s service life. These are some things to look at to help you choose the right roof replacement contractor.
1. Actual costs
The most important factor when choosing a contractor to work on a project is the cost. This scenario determines the contractor who is awarded the contract based on their lowest price. This is a common format used in public bidding — state, local, or federal government projects — where rules require that the lowest bidder be awarded the project unless there are reasons to disqualify it.
It is important to pre-qualify contractors before you start the bidding process. It ensures that all bidders are equally qualified to finish the project. Bidding contractors must be equally professional, experienced, and skilled. Below are the requirements for pre-qualification.
3. Scope of work
There are many roof materials and systems in the low-slope market. The cost of the project will also be affected by the choice between recovery and replacement. It is best that you provide a scope (preferably design specifications), that includes materials, systems, and applications methods to ensure that all contractors are bidding equally.
If you are unable to provide a scope, ensure that estimates from contractors include a detailed scope that includes materials, systems, and application procedures.
4. Financial strength
You can request that the contractor provides financial records of the company for a period you agree to (typically, three to five years). You must ensure that the contractor is financially sound and has the financial resources necessary to complete the project. As the project’s duration increases, financial strength is more important. It will be almost impossible to hire another contractor if a contractor is unable to complete the project. The contractor that is hired will not take on any responsibility or assume the risk for work it did not perform. These circumstances may lead to a manufacturer not offering a warranty.
5. History and experience
Experience is a key factor. A well-established company can give you some assurance that it is professional. They have a reputation for providing quality work and are therefore able to provide you with some assurance. It is vital to confirm that the company has the right history as stated in its marketing materials. Are the management and ownership consistent? Was the company sold recently to a new owner or is it inconsistent? These factors could impact the way that the company does business. Ensure that the company has been operating under the same tax identification number and name. You should also ensure that the company has not filed bankruptcy filings or delinquent tax returns in the past.
Ask for the service rates and response times of the contractors during the bidding process. It should be done immediately, or at least within 24 hours.
These tips will help you find a high-quality roof system at an affordable price.