many commercial roofing contractors in the West Texas
area. Which one is the right one? Lydick-Hooks Roofing
Co. of Midland, Inc. would like to offer the following
tips for selecting a qualified commercial roofer:
Insist on a professional roofing contractor.
A professional is recognized as a person who
has a specialized body of knowledge and has received
intensive training in a particular field. Roofing
technology has changed markedly in the last 10 years.
Roofing is also a complicated and demanding trade. A
professional commercial roofing contractor must have
knowledge of materials and building technology, and a
trained and skilled work force to give the best possible
service to his/her customers. Find out as much as you
can about the contractor you are considering. Ask for
references. Call the Better Business Bureau for
information on that particular contractor.
Make sure the contractor is well-established.
A professional roofing contractor will
have a permanent place of business, a telephone number
and a tax identification number. Check financial
information. A professional roofing contractor will
give you names of creditors and banking references.
Make sure the roofing contractor is a responsible
Make sure the contractor is experienced and
knowledgeable. You should specify that
you want a certified roofing contractor for the job.
You want a roofing contractor who has expert knowledge
of his trade and can bring the latest technology and
most effective roofing techniques to bear for your job.
You will want to require that a contractor has the
experience and knowledge to provide only quality
workmanship. You want a contractor to be responsible
and reliable- someone who will still be around after the
job is done.
Check to see if the contractor you are
considering is insured and committed to safety.
Roofing is a dangerous business. A sloppy
operation can endanger workers and bystanders, and cause
property damage. Ask the contractor for proof of
insurance he/she carries. Beware of the low bidder who
is inexpensive because he/she doesn't have complete
workers' compensation insurance. Too many building
owners have been dragged into litigation involving
Make sure the contractor you choose is committed
to education. The roofing industry offers
a variety of educational programs that a professional
roofing contractor will have attended. More important,
the best roofing contractor is only as good as his/her
workers who actually install the roof. Insist on having
trained, experienced roofing mechanics, instead of
laborers employed for one or two interim jobs. Also
look for professional supervisors to ensure completion
of your job.
Insist on the use of quality materials and
service after the sale. In today's
market you can buy dozens of different types of roofing
systems. Insist on a roofing contractor that is
certified in the type of roofing application you are
having installed. A professional roofing contractor is
also interested in more than simply getting the job done
and moving on; he/she will offer service after the sale
and application. Ask for a fair guarantee, written in
language you can understand.
Don't assume the lowest bid is always the best
deal. There are many factors in addition
to cost to consider. If the bids are clustered in a
close range, the low bidder may be able to deliver a
good job. If there is a wide range in price between the
low bid and the high bidder, the low bidder has made a
mistake or intends to cut corners to "come out" on the
Make sure you read and understand all financing and
contractual terms. Make sure you receive
a written proposal with detailed specifications. Never
sign a proposal with questions left un-answered. Do not
make final payment until the work is completed. Make a
roofing file. Keep a copy of the proposal,
manufacturer's warranty, contractors warranty and a
piece of one of the shingles, if applicable.