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Qualifying Commercial Roof System Contractors


Pre-Qualifying contractors invited to bid on your roofing project is a critical step in the overall bid process because its similar to dating before getting married. "Is there a compatible match between the project and contractor(s)?

Itís important to qualify roofers "before" inviting contractors to bid on your project. The most important step is inviting roofing contractors that are skilled with the Type of Roof System selected. Obviously we wouldn't call on a sloped roofing professional to work on a low-slope roof.

You can also pre-qualify: measure the performance, skills and proficiency of contractors. Qualifying contractors is an ongoing process for CRS Roof Consultants and the following criteria is a sample of what we review.
 
  Note: Customer references are not enough to quantify the performance of roofing contractors because we naturally list our best clients.
 
Best practice contractor qualification includes two types of reviews: a General Review and Practical Review (accomplished in the field) of prior works.

What we should know about a contractor (suitable matching)
      • Skills with the Type of Roof System Selected*
      • Installation Certifications
      • Years of Experience with that System
        • and/or, Experience of the Crew
      • Quality Control & Supervision Policies
      • References Works & Review*
      • Financial Data (on Bonded Projects)
      • Handling of Previous Challenges
      • Litigation (Prior, Current or Pending)
      • Unique Skills & Certifications**
      *Mandatory
      ** For example, handling and removal of asbestos-containing materials.

CRS Roofing Contractor Qualifications

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) offers a four page guideline; informational questions (presented in the format of AIA Document A-305) outlining the minimum details buyers need to know about roofing contractors.

CRS Roof Consultants expanded the NRCA/AIA requirements in developing our own Roofing Contractor Qualifications to include information that can help us evaluate roofing firms, their proficiency and review prior works before they are invited to participate in the Bidding Process.

Do a Web Search on "Selecting a Roofing Contractor". You'll find the most popular suggestions include review of prior work (references)

Unfortunately, property owners, operators and managers are with faced two barriers. First, absence the necessary skills, how does someone evaluation a roofers work. Second, recommendations from any roofing firm are going to be biased - meaning, the roofer is going to provide their best references.

In contrast, CRS wants to know what a firms biggest challenges have been, how were they resolved and how much time resolution took. So, our supplemental forms dig into the hurdles firms have overcome by asking them to identify the challenges and what their crews did to overcome these obstacles. This requires frank honesty of the roofing firm and direct communications with prior customers.

Why Go Through So Much Effort?

Simple! The Actual Serviceable-Life of roof systems in California is between twelve (12) to sixteen (16) and on occasion eighteen (18) years for a twenty (20) year roof. That's as low as 60% of a property owners' life-cycle expectation. Such low numbers places extraordinary pressures on property owners and management Return on Investment (RIO) objectives.
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San Jose, CA 95128
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