Thursday, August 2, 2012

Questions to ask a roofing contractor about foam roofs

Here are a few tips to help you select the right spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing contractor for your home or commercial building.

Try contacting roofing suppliers for a list of reputable contractors in your area. If they only provide you with a couple of companies, keep them handy as there is probably a good reason for the limited recommendations. Also, if more than one manufacturer or supplier recommends the same contractor, it is usually a positive sign.

You can also contact trade groups such as the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) or the National Roofing Contractors Association for recommendations on roofing contractors in your area who are experienced with foam roofing.
Ask the contractors submitting bids if they participate in educational programs such as SPFA’s Accreditation Program.
Obtain recommendations from friends and associates, but be sure to compare apples to apples - for example, hiring a great commercial roofer for a residential project may not be ideal.

Interview the contractors to determine if they have the qualities and experience you desire. Some questions to ask your prospective contractor include:
- What types of roofing system do you install?
- What types of roofing system do you prefer or typically recommend?
- How long have you installed these systems?
- What is your specialty?
- What is your preference for my particular roof?
- What is your service area?
- Do you have offices or personnel in those regions?
- How many crews do you have?
- Have you ever declared bankruptcy; if so, what were the conditions?
- Who will perform the work on my roof?
- How are they trained?
- What certifications, approvals, licenses, or awards does the company have?
- How does your company address site safety and regulatory compliance?
- What associations does your company belong to?
- What is the average length of a roof project like this?
- How soon can you schedule my project?
- What warranties are available?
- Do you provide maintenance services (including inspections)?
- How do you handle complaints or call-backs?
- How do you verify quality?

Check references. Most contractors will provide a list of references on projects similar to yours. Be sure to check out enough to get a good understanding of the contractor’s relative performance and customer service. A few helpful questions to ask references provided by a roofing contractor include:
- Were you happy with the overall project?
- Was the contractor reliable, informative, helpful, on time, etc?
- Were there any misunderstandings?
- Did the project start and end according to estimates?
- Do you consider the roof a good investment?
- How old is the roof?
- Were there any complaints or problems; if so, did the contractor address your concerns satisfactorily?

The information you collect can assist not only in finding the right contractor, but in evaluating pricing differences. With a little effort, you should be able to find a contractor you can trust to do a great job.

Please watch this short video to learn more about Conklin  spray polyurethane foam (SPF)  roof systems:

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