Installing a new roof for your business can seem like a daunting and intimidating task. Having a commercial roof installed will require you to consider many factors that are important to be aware of prior to starting the project. Having a more thorough and well-rounded understanding of the various weather and environmental issues that can present themselves are critical to ensuring the longevity of your commercial roof.
Perhaps the primary role of any roof is to keep outside elements from entering your home or business. A leaky or poorly insulated roof will be a stark reminder of this factor, and it is important to consider your geography’s specific weather factors when installing a new commercial roof.
The May 2017 hail storm that hit proved to be the most costly storm in Colorado history, inflicting a staggering $1.4 billion in damage on the state. A great portion of this damage was done to roofs, causing many businesses to close their doors for an extended period of time in order to fix the issue.
This illustrates the point that choosing the best roof for your business can mean the difference between staying open for business and having to close for months on end, losing lots of business in the process. It is incredibly important to choose a commercial roof that can handle the elements that weather can bring.
If your commercial roof does happen to be damaged due to an intense hail storm, it important to be aware of a few key factors. First, it is critically important to have your roof looked at by a qualified professional immediately after a significant hail storm. Hail can compromise key elements to your roof that will become a bigger issue in a short period of time.
Hail can accelerate any existing damage to your roof, and can quickly necessitate the installation of a new roof. By having someone look at your roof to assess for damage, you are taking the necessary precautions to ensure you are being as proactive as possible regarding the health of your roof. Leaks can develop quickly, and hail can open your business up to the elements in a short amount of time.
Damage from a hail storm may not be immediately present, as it can often take time for water to seep into a hole or leak that has been created from a storm. Inspecting your roof post-storm will ensure that you get a jump on any potential issue that may have risen in the wake of hail damage.
Inevitably, there will be contractors soliciting for their services in the wake of larger hail storms. As a business owner, you should not sign anything without first reading the entire document. Some contractors can often misrepresent themselves and will have you sign a roofing contract unknowingly, which could include a heft cancellation fee. Always read through any document thoroughly, to ensure this predatory practice is not taking place against you.
In the wake of weather damage, be patient
Understandably, one of the first things a business owner will want to do is fix their roof as soon as humanly possible to ensure their commercial operation doesn’t suffer as a result. This is not always the best course of action, as the most qualified contractors can be extremely busy after big storms hit.
The last thing you want is to have your roof improperly installed by a less qualified contractor, creating more headaches for you in the process. If a roof isn’t leaking, it isn’t as pressing of a priority, as you won’t be concerned about water damaging the interior of your business.
Speak with your insurance company
In regards to any damage that has occurred to your place of business, an insurance adjuster will ultimately be the person who assesses the damage. As a business owner, you will be responsible for choosing a qualified contractor to complete the work.
Prior to any storm occurring, it is extremely helpful to be well-versed on your commercial insurance policy, so you aren’t caught like a deer in the headlights when something unexpected happens. It is also important that you keep the deductible portion of your policy between you and your insurer, as it is illegal for any roofing contractor to offer to pay for your deductible in the State of Colorado. Contractors also do not need to see the initial insurance quote prior to giving you an estimate, and it is your right to refuse to show them any such information.
Check and verify contractors
When making any final decision regarding a roofing contractor, it is absolutely imperative that you select a contractor who is qualified and have a competent business history. Call references and other clients who have used their services. Seek out advice from organizations like the Better Business Bureau to gather the adequate amount of information regarding a contractor’s reliability and trustworthiness.
Confirm their permanent address and phone number to avoid any potential situation where a contractor will try to avoid you and their responsibility with any project. You will also want to confirm their license, which can be done by contacting your local code enforcement agencies. Your state and local city governments are there to ensure you are not the victim of fraudulent activity, and it is best to advocate for your business by utilizing the services of the government.
As with any matter, it is important to use common sense when dealing with contractors. If a contractor is giving you an abnormally low estimate, this may be a red flag that they are cutting corners in order to get the job. Cost, while an important factor, should not be the only thing you consider when hiring someone to fix your roof. A long-lasting roof installed by competent contractors should be your primary outcome.
If you are in need of roofing work, whether it be repairs or replacements, Rhino Roofing is your reliable and trustworthy source. We are qualified and licensed contractors who are happy to serve you. Contact us today!