When you need to replace the flat roof or low-slope roof of your Miami business, you suddenly have two jobs: running your company, and overseeing a major capital improvement. Use this handy checklist to save yourself time and headaches when you consider contracting for a flat roof installation.
Divide and Conquer
Your business’s flat roof installation divides into four major areas:
- The contractor
- The roofing product
- The site
- Inspection and Codes
Avoid overwhelming yourself and your commercial contractor by taking each area in small steps. Be sure to ask questions; any good roofing contractor, such as PSI Roofing, will be happy to not only provide you an estimate but work with you throughout the flat roof installation to address your concerns and questions.
1. The Contractor
Check off each item as you are provided evidence for it. Ask your Miami flat roof contractor for:
- Contact information for the last three commercial clients—then contact them!
- DBPR License number—Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation oversees roofers; PSI Roofing’s license number, for example, is CCC047136, and we have been licensed since June 13, 1989.
- A brief business history–how long has the contractor been in business, and under what names?
- Proof of Insurance
- Contractor’s Warranty
- Professional Associations and memberships—Too many roofing companies seem to work with no visible means of professional support; PSI Roofing is proud to be associated with more than a dozen national and Florida organizations.
- Worker training—Are workers thoroughly trained and certified, or day-laborers, or a mix?
2. The Product
Before agreeing to flat roof installation, know what your roofer intends to apply:
- Manufacturer’s contractor requirements
- Material—EPDM, modified bitumen, PVC, TPO, built-up
- Manufacturer’s warranty
- Edging—new flat roof installation generally requires new roof edge metal that must be code compliant and wind-resistant
3. The Site
Ask for details about the scope of the job:
- What site preparation is needed?
- How will site preparation be divided between your company and the roofing contractor?
- How will subcontractors be used?
- How will HVAC equipment and other rooftop structures be protected and handled?
- How long will the job take?
- What exposures does your business risk during the work?
4. Inspection and Codes
Ask your Miami roofer about quality control and code compliance:
- How do you ensure quality flat roof installation?
- How will you arrange for the building inspector’s presence?
- What evidence will the contractor provide toward supporting any warranty, whether for the contractor’s warranty or the manufacturer’s warranty?
Looking for More Information?
For more information pertaining to flat roof installation requirements and methods, contact PSI Roofing, serving the Miami area.