How do I pick the right roofing contractor?
Compiled below is a list of important criteria for any business or home owner to consider when selecting the right contractor for roofing projects. Interior Alaska Roofing has a documented history of meeting and exceeding expectations in each category. Before selecting any roofing professional, research whether the prospective company satisfies these key areas of concern.
- Longevity in Business
Your roof will last over 20 years, so you want to make sure your roofing contractor will still be around. We suggest using a contractor with at least a 10 years business track.
- Financial Stability and Bonding
Contractors go under because they do not have proper financials in place. Ask for audited financials, bank references, surety information and/or check online at www.dnb.com.
- Building Envelope
Using multiple contractors or subcontractors for different trades such as Sheet Metal can lead to longer timelines and finger pointing. Ask your roofer who will be working on your roof.
- Extended Warranties
Only contractors with enough experience, square feet installed, and repair ratio can offer you an extra 5 to 20 years on your standard warranty. Check with the manufacturer and make sure your warranty gets registered.
Alaska has many challenging roofing environments, without safety protocols and management, an accident can stop or delay your project considerably. Ask for your roofer’s EMR ratio.
- 24/7 Service
It’s 11PM in December and your roof starts leaking. Who do you call? Require access to your roofing contractor 24/7 in case of unexpected emergencies.
Roof Maintenance Tips
A new commercial roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your business. Interior Alaska Roofing wants to help you get the most out of your roofing system and we have put together a few roof care tips that can help insure a healthy roof for years to come:
- Inspect your roof in the late fall and early spring. If you see any signs of wear including: membrane pulled back, open seams, cracks in corners, cracked skylights, holes in membrane or deteriorated caulking call a professional contractor for thorough inspection.
- Keep drains, scuppers, gutters and downspouts clean and free of leaves, sticks and other debris.
- Keep trees trimmed away from building.
- Minimize foot traffic on the roof. If it is necessary ensure established walkways are followed.
- Remove any debris or sharp objects that may be loose on the roof.
Wondering if your roof needs some work? Check out GAF’s Key Danger Signals to make an honest assessment of your home.