When it comes to hiring a flat roof (aka low slope roof) contractor, keep one basic rule in mind: don’t skimp
While going with the lowest price may be tempting, it’s frequently not the best option. Basing the decision to hire a contractor on pricing alone is a common mistake. Unfortunately, it often results in an improperly installed roof or a roof that is more likely to experience future leaks. Our team recently replaced a relatively new roof in Murphy because the owner used a residential-only roofer who likely did not know it chose substandard materials.
Flat roofing installation requires professional workmanship and high-quality materials to ensure the job is done right and that your new roof lasts for its full service-life.
Common issues with new roof installation include low-quality materials, like thin membranes or inadequate sealing materials, and poor installation techniques, especially improperly installed flashing.
If you’re in the market for a new roof, one of the best ways to ensure your roof lasts is to find a qualified and reputable flat roofing contractor. Here are some questions you should ask when looking for a flat roofing professional.
How’s Their Reputation?
The best way to locate a contractor of any kind is by asking people you trust. Also, get online, look up local commercial roofing contractors, and then check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and online reviews. Contact the contractor directly and ask for references. A reputable company will be more than willing to give examples of past work. Once you have the references, follow through. Contact them and ask if they were satisfied with the work, and would they hire them again.
Are They Experienced?
Try to find a contractor that has been operating for at least five years. The longer they’ve been in business, the more experience they will have with flat roofing installation. A less-than-trustworthy commercial contractor is unlikely to stay in business that long.
Do They Use High-Quality Products?
Some roofing contractors will skimp with the products they use to be the lowest bidder. While a low price sounds appealing, you need to make sure the products used on your flat roof are high quality. Quality products make a difference in how long the roof remains intact and leak-free. Low-quality products, while cheaper, leave you with repairs that need to be made sooner rather than later. At Peak, we use commercial grade products from reputable low slope material manufacturers, including Johns Manville, Carlisle, and Mule-hide.
Do They Offer a Warranty?
A reputable flat roofing company should provide a warranty covering their workmanship in addition to the materials. If they are unwilling to stand behind the quality of their workmanship, be wary. A one-year warranty is a minimum, although two years or more is better. The best warranty is a roofing system warranty covering everything from the flashings to the membrane itself. That way, if there is a leak, you do not get caught in the middle of the contractor and manufacturer pointing fingers to decide who pays to correct the problem.
Are They Insured?
Finally, make sure your contractor has insurance. This is for your protection, as well as peace of mind. A contractor operating without insurance puts you at risk. If they cause damage to your building, you could end up having to pay for it. Most insurance policies don’t extend to provide coverage for damage caused by contractors.
While the price is important, take the time to vet the contractor to make sure they offer everything you need. Using an experienced and reputable company allows you to rest assured, knowing your roof will be installed to the highest of standards and could save you money by avoiding unnecessary repairs over the life of the roof.
About Peak Roofing & Construction
Peak Roofing & Construction is family-owned, with 30-years of experience. Bonded, insured, and accredited, we provide roofing, gutter, fence, window, and exterior facelift services. Guaranteed. Call (972) 335-7325 in Dallas-Fort Worth (residential & commercial), including Terrell, Southlake, and Prosper.