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Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor to Protect Your Commercial Building

Updated: Dec 20, 2023




Your facility's roof serves as the primary defense against the harsh forces of nature, playing a crucial role in safeguarding your business assets and associates. At Flow, we understand that entering into a partnership with a commercial roofing contractor is a big commitment. As we see it, it's imperative to consider five key factors to ensure an informed decision and prudent investment:


1. Contractor's Track Record:

  • Evaluate the contractor's history. Be sure to put emphasis on the number of years they've been in business. Longevity often correlates with a positive reputation and relationship.

  • Examine the leadership team's experience, as success typically emanates from the top.

  • Assess the percentage of long-term employees as an indicator of a thriving and company culture and quality.


2. Contractor's Financial Stability:

  • Determine the fiscal soundness of the company by examining its annual revenue, net worth, total assets, and working capital.

  • Inquire about provisions for warranty expenses, insurance coverage, and bonding capacity.

  • Look for positive growth trends, consistent reinvestment in workforce training, and the adoption of new technologies.


3. Contractor's Safety Plan:

  • Prioritize contractors who prioritize safety for both customers and associates.

  • Ensure the contractor provides a detailed safety inspection and communicates a comprehensive safety plan prior to starting your project.

  • Verify ongoing training for crews in first aid, CPR, OSHA regulations, proper procedures, and equipment usage.

  • Consider the safety incidence rate, aiming for a rate below the industry average of 3.6.


4. Contractor's Backlog:

  • A reputable contractor typically maintains a project backlog of around six weeks, so be cautious of promises to start major projects immediately and be sure to ask about timeline.

  • Understand the construction takes time and account for uncontrollable variables such as weather, environmental conditions, and material availability.


5. Ask Contractor for References:

  • Seek reference photos and customer testimonials from the contractor to gauge their reputation.

  • Positive word of mouth is a powerful endorsement, while negative reviews may signal potential issues.

  • A confident contractor proud of their reputation will readily provide contact information for references.


6. Make sure the company can service the roof with roof repairs & maintenance:

  • Replacement should be the last option when considering your commercial project to make sure all options have been considered to maximize your system's working lifespan.

  • Commercial roof repair & maintenance plans are a vital part of ensuring the building is protected the owner's property value & tenant satisfaction.

  • Repairs & maintenance maximize ROI for property owners by keeping overhead low compared to a full replacement or layover.



While these considerations may not cover every aspect, they serve as a comprehensive guide to aid in your decision-making process when selecting an ideal roofing contractor. Flow Roofing, the Pacfic Northwest's premier commercial roofing contractor, stands ready to meet your roofing needs with a certified technicians and industry leading warranties.


Our strong financial stability and unwavering commitment to safety ensure your peace of mind on every roofing project. Flow averages a typical six-week project backlog. Our company takes pride in prioritizing quality and communication over haste. You're guaranteed to be updated at every step of the way!


Choose Flow Roofing for enduring roofing solutions and unmatched customer service. For more information about our capabilities and background, visit our About Us page. If you are a regional brand, consider exploring our Roof Portfolio Management options and benefits. Need help with your roof? Contact us today!

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