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The roof is a commercial building’s first line of defense from natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat. It is also the most vulnerable part of your building. Every day, your roof is exposed to weather and other elements that may contribute to decay and deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to the roof itself and the contents below it.
• Look for established, licensed or bonded professionals.
• Ask for and check references that specifically include other commercial buildings in your area.
• Ask to see certificates of insurance. Make sure that coverage for liability and workers’ compensation insurance is current.
• Contact your local Better Business Bureau to check for complaints filed against the inspector.
• Make sure the bid clearly defines the work that will be done, including hauling away of debris and grounds cleanup.
• If your new roof is being installed on an existing building, make sure that the deck is checked out for water soaked or deteriorated material; have damaged material replaced as part of the contract.
• Discuss, verify, and receive in writing the warranty information. Confirm what is and what is not covered. Keep copies of all warranties and a record of work performed to assist in future inspections, maintenance, and repairs.
A properly maintained roof is necessary to protect your building and the business conducted within it. Remember that a little maintenance can result in a lot of savings, especially when compared to the cost of damage from a small, undetected leak or a catastrophic roof failure.