Is there a huge difference between a residential roofing company and a commercial one? Definitely, and that’s why many roofing companies only offer residential or commercial services. The next time you’re out, take a look at the roofs of residences compared to commercial properties. They’re vastly different. For starters, most commercial roofs are flat while most residential roofs have at least a little pitch. It’s also probably pretty obvious that different materials are used.
Most roofing companies will encourage residential owners to avoid flat roofs, and some roofers will refuse to install a residential flat roof altogether, if it’s not already illegal by state or local regulations. Standing water can collapse a residential roof, but commercial structures are designed with the strength and draining to endure it.
When you’re shopping around for a residential roofing contractor, you can certainly ask for recommendations from a commercial roofer you may know — but don’t expect them to bid for the work. You wouldn’t want that, anyway. For a big investment like a roof, you want (and deserve) a professional who specializes in your type of project.
Finding the Right Contractor
Some homeowners may try to save a few dollars by bringing in an out-of-town or out-of-state residential roofing contractor. That’s a huge mistake. Not only does every state have different requirements that an out-of-towner may not meet, but you want a local roofer who’s familiar with the weather and region. Not all roofing materials are suitable for the region you’re building or remodeling in.
Look for a locally owned company or contractor with years of experience, a roster of happy clients and an impressive portfolio. They should offer a variety of roofing materials and be happy to walk you through the pros and cons of each. The budget should be transparent, and they should give you an ambitious yet reasonable time frame for project completion.
Don’t forget to trust your gut instincts when talking with a roofer, especially if you’ll be living in the home during part of the project. You might be spending a lot of time in close proximity to your roofer and his or her crew, so you want to feel comfortable.
Making a List and Checking It Twice
When collecting bids from roofers, make sure you have a list of questions and concerns, as well as a copy of each of their responses. Get copies of their insurance and any licenses or certifications. Make sure you understand what the process entails if the roof isn’t completed on time (sometimes it happens, especially in treacherous weather). Your checklist is your cheat sheet for choosing the best roofer for you.
It’s always wise to go with a company instead of a sole contractor. This is one time when having (a few) more hands is a good thing. Call The Roof Doctor today to schedule a free consultation and connect with Utah’s leading residential roofing company.