Find a Roofing Supplier
So you need to find a commercial roofing supplier?
For roofing contractors, finding the right commercial roofing supplier is essential to the reputation of your brand and overall customer satisfaction. Finding the ideal supplier to fit the needs of your business can be difficult. Some installers specialize in a specific form of roofing, while others like to diversify their offerings.
What to consider when choosing a commercial roofing supplier
Inquire about delivery and pickup services
As a roofing installer, you know that some clients need fast turnaround. Certain roofing projects require emergency roofing services, such as those impacted by storms and natural disasters. With large commercial projects, it’s important you work efficiently to prevent the project from experiencing a delay. Ask the supplier about lead times for the specific roofing materials you may need under such circumstances, and how soon they could be shipped or ready for pickup.
Ask about product warranties
Commercial roofing suppliers should offer a variety of coverage including length, proration, and transferability. The warranty tends to reflect the integrity of the product. For example, products with a short warranty period likely don’t have a long life expectancy.
Material specific producers such as metal commercial roofing suppliers may offer a longer warranty period because metal roofing is highly durable. Shingles, by contrast, may not have a warranty at all because they can be damaged a lot easier.
Read customer reviews
Reputable commercial roofing suppliers should have a healthy number of customer reviews available online, or even customer testimonials on their website and marketing collateral for you to reference.
Ask about specific industry experience
There are many different types of commercial roofing systems, and expertise may vary between suppliers. Some commercial roofing suppliers may be better equipped to provide materials for specific roofing systems. The best roofing suppliers will be able to apply their expertise to your projects, so look for a supplier with ample experience in the types of projects you do. Some of the most common commercial roofing systems are:
- Built-up roofing, or “BUR” as it’s known, is basically your standard tar-and-gravel roof
- Metal Roofing
- Modified Bitumen Roofing which is generally a two-ply system, adhered to the roofing deck for maximum stability and protection
- Thermoset Roof Membrane, or EPDM roofing, is constructed with a single-ply rubber material
- Green Roofing
How to find wholesale roofing supplies near me?
With Billd’s Find-A-Supplier Directory, you have access to an extensive supplier index, to help roofing contractors easily find the right commercial roofing supplier in their area. Use this directory to build a list of potential commercial roofing suppliers using the considerations listed above to vet them.
What kind of commercial roofing materials do I need?
Different commercial roofing projects will have different needs based on design/architecture, function, durability, cost and other factors of the project. Before selecting your commercial roofing supplier, do some research on their product catalog.
Types of commercial roofing materials:
- Asphalt Composite Shingles
- Wood Shingles
- Slate Shingles
- Metal Roofing
- Metal Shingles
- Stone-coated Steel
- Rubber Slate Tile
- Clay Tile
- Concrete Tile
- Green Roofs
- Built-up Roofing
- Membrane Roofing
- Rolled Roofing
- Solar Tiles
What methods of payment do commercial roofing suppliers accept?
Many roofing suppliers are flexible and willing to work with installers on a variety of payment methods, including the following options:
- Supplier Terms - Supplier terms are a standard payment option in the construction industry. Contractors are typically given between 30 days to repay what they owe on materials. This is meant to help roofing contractors with cash flow and give them time to get paid for their work. That said, roofing contractors may still not have been paid by the time the 15-45 day supplier terms expire, causing cash flow strain.
- Material Purchase Financing - Material purchase financing gives roofing installers longer payment terms than almost all suppliers can traditionally offer. With this financing solution, the commercial roofing supplier is paid upfront and the roofing installer will have up to 120 days to pay for their roofing materials, rather than the standard 30 days. Additionally, the upfront cash payment to suppliers is usually accompanied by a cash discount. Billd is an ideal option for material purchase financing for roofing subcontractors.
- Cash - Cash is a great payment method for roofing installers that can afford to float material costs for several months. When you pay in cash, you can expect a cash discount from your supplier. Furthermore, using cash limits any interest or finance charges you may incur with financing. However, paying in cash ties up your capital for several months, making it challenging to take on new projects.
- Line of Credit - A line of credit is a common payment method for contractors, as it allows them the flexibility to pay back what is owed over time, rather than paying the entire bill upfront. This is typically issued by a local or regional bank or a credit union.
- Company Credit Cards - Commercial roofing suppliers will typically accept this as a method of payment, but it is usually a last resort for contractors. It’s not ideal to run up the balance on their business credit card with a large material purchase. The commercial roofing suppliers are also charged a small processing fee for the transaction in most cases, and usually pass that along to their customer.
- Line of Credit - Contractors have the option of putting their roofing material purchase on a line of credit, but, like credit cards, this is not the best option. In addition to running up the balance, lines of credit are usually accompanied by blanket liens on the business. This means that if you miss a payment on your Line of Credit before the project payment rolls in, the business could be put at risk.