When the time comes to consider making structural improvements on your building, a new roof should be at the top of that prospective list. However, how do you know if your office needs a new roof? Commercial roofing companies can give you a few options, including reroofing or tear-offs. Reroofing typically involves adding an extra layer to an existing roof, while tear-off jobs completely strip the roof and replace it entirely. So, again, how can you tell when it is time for a new roof? Here are some guidelines for determining the when, what and who of new commercial roof replacement.
Many business owners find out when to replace commercial roofs the hard way — when leaks break through and damage the office. Fortunately, that does not have to happen to you. This best type of maintenance is preventative and scheduling an annual roof inspection keeps you in the loop of knowing to replace your roof. You may even want to consider a biannual inspection, one for spring and one for fall. That way, you can gage the roof’s condition before the inclement weather of the seasons gets to your roof first.
Commercial roofs are available in three main varieties: asphalt, metal and single-ply membrane. Depending on your property’s size and location, one of these three types of roofs will work in your office’s favor.
Asphalt roofing, also known as torch-down, is great for preventing massive leaks during and after heavy downpours. Asphalt also has a long shelf life and can protect buildings for up to 20 years.
Metal roofs have higher upfront costs, but are well worth the money. For instance, choosing a metal roof that is sustainable (as many types of metallic roofing materials are reclaimable), allows you to bask in the possible rewards of lower insurance rates. As far as that investment potential goes, metallic roofs can endure for generations and will probably outlast you!
Single-ply membrane roofing works wonderfully for sun-soaked regions because the material has the ability to deflect harmful UV rays and keep interiors cooler. These versatile roofs also have elemental resistance to fire and dangerous chemicals.
Although membrane roofs do not last as long as its asphalt and metal counterparts, the malleable and lightweight material makes installation a breeze for almost any type of commercial roofing project.
Business owners have to use common sense and practicality to keep business flowing. Put that practicality into place when selecting commercial roofing companies. Make sure the contractor is certified and licensed. You may consider checking the roofing contractor’s background with an accredited local agency as well.