EMPIRE ROOFING & INSULATION CO., INC.
ROOFING & INSULATION CO., INC.
What Makes a Roofing Contractor a PROFESSIONAL?
A lot has been said over the years about hiring a professional roofing contractor. But what is the alternative? How does a roofing customer know if the bid they choose will be completed by someone who really knows what they are doing?
The American Heritage Dictionary defines a "professional" as "a skilled practitioner; an expert;" but also as "One who earns a living in a given or implied occupation." How does one know if they are hiring an EXPERT or JUST SOMEONE WHO EARNS A LIVING in that field?
You would never ask for a "professional" doctor or attorney. The nature of those professions makes the word seem superfluous - you can't be a doctor or lawyer without being an expert. In contrast, any person who owns a company that installs roofs may be referred to as a "Professional Roofing Contractor."
The title "Professional Roofing Contractor" is not a guarantee that the contractor bidding a job is able to handle it. Instead, facility owners and managers seek a contractor who proves expertise through professional behavior.
What is professional behavior and how may it be assed? Customers may ask the following questions to assess professional behavior:
Community Relations: Is the contractor a member of any of the local civic organizations? Does the contractor belong to any trade associations? Can the contractor provide letters of reference from former customers and suppliers?
When looking at that low bid, building owners and managers should keep in mind the old adage "You get what you pay for." The least expensive bid may be right on target if offered by a quality contractor, but it will be only the beginning of unforeseen costs and headaches if the job is not done right.
Finding out the answers to these questions will help customers find a truly "professional" roofing contractor - one that exhibits professional behavior.
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