Hiring a Commercial Roofing Contractor Checklist
Nationwide Group of Commercial
Roofing Contractors


Follow us on:

Hiring a Commercial Roofing Contractor Checklist

commercial roof contractor hiringIn this blog post, we discuss how to hire a commercial roofing contractor. Our previous blog post featuring five tips for hiring a roofing contractor could also be helpful.

In the face of tight economic conditions, effective cost management is a top priority for any real estate owner. Roofing is already an expensive investment, but even when it requires only simple repairs, due diligence is still advisable. Letting the wrong contractor onto your roof may not take care of your problems, but actually compound them. Poor workmanship or improper product application could leave a roof at risk for greater damage—and by extension more expensive roofing work.

Hiring the right roof contractor then becomes a balancing act between affordability and contractor quality. What are the things that a building owner should look for? Below, we offer a checklist of things to consider when you are hiring a roofing contractor for your needs.

Checklist for Choosing a Commercial Roofing Contractor

  • Does the roofing contractor have any business listings? Reputable roofing contractors will have some form of legitimate business listings, whether online or in print, such as in the local phone directory. Even though it is not always the case, more dedicated or established roofing contractors tend to have a website where you can see their work and testimonies from satisfied customers. A reputable roofing contractor will also have a permanent address. It is wise to never accept the bid of a roofing company that does not have a business or permanent address listing as proof of their business legitimacy.
  • Is the roofing contractor approved and have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau? Not all roofing companies are listed with the Better Business Bureau, but it does provide another layer of documentation by which you can assess a roofing contractor’s reputation. It is important to note one thing, though. The Better Business Bureau does not provide ratings of a roofing contractor’s services or reputation, but how well a roofing contractor has resolved customer complaints. Factors such as the roofing contractor’s product quality or service competency are not gauged. Nonetheless, the Better Business Bureau does provide another solid means of checking out a contractor’s reputation.
  • Does the contractor meet requirements for roofing contractors in your state? The requirements for becoming a roofing contractor vary from state to state. Be sure to check with your state’s licensing board or relevant licensing agency for information on state requirements. Things to watch out for include:
    • Contractor licensing that has not expired
    • Workers’ compensation insurance coverage
    • General liability insurance coverage
    • Relevant bond certification or holding
    • Local building permits, if required

Roofing Services

Our professional commercial roof contractors provide:

  • Roof maintenance & repair
  • Inspections & leak detection
  • Complete roof replacement
  • Roof life-extending solutions

Request Free Estimate

  • Does the roofing contractor have references? Reputation is the backbone of the roofing industry. Reputable contractors will be happy to share references from satisfied customers with you. It is important to be aware, though, that any references you receive will only be from satisfied customers. They will not be representative of any customers who had neutral or negative business dealings with the contractor, or are not people who are likely to negate your decision to accept the contractor’s bid. Be sure to get at least three references and contact them to confirm they are legitimate. More references are better, if possible.
  • Is the roofing contractor certified by the manufacturer of the product he installs? There can be tremendous consequences if a roofing contractor installs a product that he is not certified to apply, and then the product has problems. For instance, you can encounter difficulties in getting manufacturer warranty coverage. It is essential to check that a roofing contractor has certification from the manufacturer to install his particular roofing product brand.
  • What type of training does the roofing contractor provide to his employees? Making sure that a roofing contractor’s employees are fully-trained and certified to work on your roof is another critical step. Doing so will be an indicator of a worker’s skill level and professionalism. Another thing to look for is if the contractor’s workers are versed in job safety measures. That helps cut down on potential for accidents occurring at the job site.
  • What does the roofing contractor offer in writing? Make sure the roofing contractor will be offering you a written contract. Proper documentation will convey the terms of your business agreement, detail work to be done, and lay out the terms of payment. More specific details will be the roofing job’s scope, roofing materials to be used and their specifications, project beginning and completion dates, and itemized listings for material and labor costs. Asking for a written copy of the contractor’s warranty is not a bad idea, either.

Choice Roof Contractor Group’s Strong Reputation

These are a number of things to keep in mind. Members of our nationwide network have been carefully vetted for strong commitment to excellence in workmanship and servicing.  Should you want to work with carefully-vetted, professionally-trained roofing contractors, give us a call at 800-670-5583.

Ian Myers on Linkedin
Written by: Ian Myers
Ian Myers
Ian was the very first team member brought on by the original co-founders of the Choice Roof Contractor Group to assist with nationwide growth. Since then he has written 120+ blog posts and provided excellent support to the roofing contractors in the group. Through his multiple roles in the commercial roofing industry, he has gained tremendous knowledge in the sector.

24 Responses to “ Hiring a Commercial Roofing Contractor Checklist ”

  1. I think hiring a roofer whether residential or commercial usually relies on whether or not you feel they can provide a good enough job for you. I have heard getting references dating some time back are helpful when choosing a roofer since you can check and verify how well their work holds up over time.

  2. My landlord is in the process of looking for a roofer to come in and fix my apartment building’s roof. And I am curious to know how he will be able to find the right one to do the job. I like how you said that one thing he should look for is someone that meets the requirements that our state has. That way he will know the person up on our roof is certified and insured.

  3. I like that you included choosing a contractor who is certified by his product’s manufacturer. It makes sense to select someone who is qualified to install the product that you need. My brother has been considering adding a roof. It could be beneficial for him to ensure that a contractor is certified before he hires them.

  4. Thanks for the great tips for finding a good roofer. I like how you said to check and see if the contractor is certified by the manufacturer of the product. I’ve never heard to do that before, but it makes sense!

  5. I need to have my roof replaced, and I have been looking for the right roofing company to handle it. I will keep this in mind as I search, thanks.

  6. My husband is considering roofers with expertise on siding repairs to fix some parts of our house. This helps with that too. Thanks!

  7. This is some really good information about hiring a roofer. My home’s roof is pretty old and needs some work done on it soon. So, I liked that you talked about asking what type of training they give their employees. I know that I wouldn’t want to get the job done again because someone was trained properly.

  8. My parents have been unfortunate victims of a fire and their building is in the process of renovation now; they’re looking for some roofing contractors since the contractors they hire don’t specialize with roof replacement. I agree that it is important to hire roofers who are reputable and highly recommended, contacting their previous clients or references to confirm their legitimacy is a great idea. Thanks for these great tips!

  9. My dad thinks that we should have our barn and store’s roofs checked and perhaps replaced as he has noticed a bit of damage to their extremities. I wanted to help him find a good roof specialist as our handyman has taken a vacation to see his family. It is advisable for everyone to be practical regarding these decisions, and definitely a good idea to ask for references from the contractor.

  10. You have some great tips for hiring a roofer. I like how you said that the company you hire should have references who were happy with their work. When we look for a roofer to replace our shingles, I’ll be sure to call references!

  11. I didn’t know that hiring the right roof contractor then becomes a balancing act between affordability and contractor quality. Our roof has leaks and holes because of the storm. My dad suggested having roofing contractors to repair it and shared this article with us. It says that reputable roofing contractors will have some form of legitimate business listings, whether online or in print, such as in the local phone directory.

  12. Your article is very good! I didn’t think to have this long checklist to consider first before hiring a commercial roofing contractor. It did really gives me a lot of help. Thank you very much!

  13. It’s great that you talked about making sure that you get a bid from more than one contractor. My neighbor is looking to get some residential roof repairs done before spring showers. I’ll be sure to talk to him about getting multiple bids to find the best one for him.

  14. This would definitely be something that would increase the amount of trust I have in a roofer. My current roof is in need of some repairs, so I’ll be sure to incorporate this into my search for a roofer.

  15. My wife and I are in need of a roofer to help us fix a leak, so thanks for the helpful checklist. I like your point about checking to see if the roofing company is licensed and insured or not. I don’t want to be liable for any injuries or accidents during the job, so we’ll be sure to ask about this.

  16. Thank you for talking about how to hire a commercial roofing contractor. It is important to remember to consult with several companies and compare their expertise before choosing. Thank you for the list!

  17. I’ve been looking into getting some commercial roofing done in our office, and I think that being able to look for a few good options would be nice. I like that you talked about how you want to see what a commercial roofing contractor will offer in writing, so you can hold them to it. I’m going to have to look for a few good commercial roofing options and see what we can find!

  18. The roof on my work’s office building has been in need of repair for a while; a lot of us at the office gave DIY repair a shot, but we’re all computer people and don’t do well with real hands-on work. My boss said he’s going to look into hiring a commercial roofer at the end of summer, when the heat isn’t so intense, and I think your tip on checking the Better Business Bureau is a great idea for making sure whoever we get is good with customer needs. I won’t be able to be involved in the written portion of what goes down, but I’ll be sure to pass on your tips of itemizing to my boss; I’m sure he’ll appreciate the input.

  19. My dad has a pastry shop and he wants to make sure that the roof is sturdy. It was explained here that when planning to hire a commercial roofer, they should have insurance coverage and permits.

Leave a Reply

Commercial Roofing Companies Supported by the Group

And Many OthersClick to See More

[contact-form-7 404 "Not Found"]