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3 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Commercial Roofer for Your Restaurant

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Roofing issues can be disastrous to any business, but this is especially true for a restaurant. If it affects your kitchen, you will have no choice but to have it corrected immediately to be compliant with food safety regulations. And if it affects your dining room, you might have to close it to diners, or close your whole restaurant.

This isn't something you can take lightly, but it's also a major expense that can be difficult to deal with. In this instance, choosing the right team will be essential to make sure that the job is done right, fast, and for a reasonable price. Let's take a look at a few questions you should ask before hiring a commercial roofer for your restaurant.

Are You Insured and Bonded?

These are the two most important questions that will need to be answered before you hire any company. You want the contractor to have an active license and insurance. You also have to make sure that they're bonded so that the completion of the project will be guaranteed. A bond will ensure that the job will be completed or they will cover the rest of the expenses.

You need to make sure that they have liability insurance and that their employees are covered. If they don't, any injuries to staff or other parties will fall in your hands. Even if one of their employees gets injured, if they're not covered, you might be the one facing legal repercussions. This is why you must ask and follow up on any paperwork to make sure they're legitimate.

If you're looking for an example of a company that fills all these criteria, you can check out They have years of experience and a solid track record to show for both commercial and residential work.

Have You Worked on this Type of Project Before?

Restaurants have different needs than many other commercial buildings. Kitchens are particular environments and have specificities that only someone familiar with them will be able to understand. So, make sure that you ask if they have worked on restaurants before, or something similar.

What Kind of Warranty do You Offer?

We already talked about bonds earlier, but you also have to make sure that their work is covered after they complete the job. Roofs are expensive, and depending on weather conditions where you live, they could see a lot of stress. This is why you must have a good warranty on the materials used.

A good company should give you at least a 10-year warranty on defects, though some will go as far as 25 years. However, you should also be wary of companies that offer warranties for longer than the time they were in operation.

If you ask a commercial roofer these few simple questions, you should be able to narrow down your selection. Make sure that you interview them well and check their track record so you can have a good idea of what you can expect.

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