When building a new building or re-roofing an existing one, you might think that it doesn’t matter much whether the roofing contractor you use is local and established in your area. Most roofs come with a manufacturer’s warranty, and a contractor is a contractor, right? Maybe not so.
Big national chain stores might use big national roofing contractors to install or replace their roof systems all over the country, and maybe there is an economy of scale in that. But what about when something goes wrong or needs to be serviced? Roof systems aren’t just a matter of installing and forgetting about. There are a number of ways they can demand attention and repair – changes in rooftop equipment, storm damage, and clearing leaves and debris are a few examples of preventative maintenance and repair that are often required. Having a relationship with a local, competent contractor can be a great problem-solving resource for maintaining and repairing your roof system over its lifespan.
Another unique characteristic of your roof is that it is designed to last so long – 20 to 30 years or more. If your roof was installed by an out-of-town contractor or a “storm-chaser” who was blowing through behind the latest storm, who will stand behind the installation and service it? What if your contractor is local but fairly new in the business? How can you be sure he or she is established and will be around long enough to service your roof? Finally, what if they have been around for decades but the owner is now in his mid-sixties (like I am) and looking to slow down or exit? If he doesn’t have a successor to continue the business, you could be out of luck as he retires and closes the business down.
Over the thirty-five-year history of Commonwealth Roofing, we have established a dependable business with a proven track-record with many of the most recognizable buildings in the area. Plus, as I have approached retirement age, we have been working with advisers and the University of Louisville’s Family Business Center (FBC) to establish a succession plan. This will allow us to smoothly transition Commonwealth Roofing from me to my oldest son, Nathan and continue our legacy of high-value roofing services.
So, remember how important it is for a roofing contractor to be both local and established to ensure that your roof gets the care and feeding it needs over its useable lifespan. Call or click if we can help!