Have you been looking at commercial roof replacement for your building, but think it sounds way too complicated? Or, are you worried about the cost?
Having a safe and functional roof is necessary for your employees and clients. And, it can be done faster than you realize, depending on your type of roof.
But, finding a roofing contractor that understands your business needs is crucial. Are you concerned that getting a commercial roof replacement will impact normal day-to-day business functions?
It is easier than you think if you stick with the professionals. Keep reading this guide to learn the steps involved in the roof replacement process!
What Is a Commercial Roof Inspection?
So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and move forward with roof replacement. But what comes first?
Well, a good place to start is with a commercial roof inspection. Call a handful of vetted commercial roofing contractors to get an inspection and quote. (Most commercial roofing companies offer free inspections/estimates.)
By talking with multiple roofing companies, you can find and compare prices and service options. The inspection/estimate will take several things into account and will include the roofing company walking the roof, looking for common issues:
- Uplifted seams, nails, and shingles
- Pools of water
- Holes or major structural issues
A 20,000 sq. ft. commercial roof typically takes between 30 minutes to an hour to inspect. The company may also take a small sample of the roof to determine the number of layers, the material, level of moisture, and age of the roof.
A good commercial roof inspection should include a detailed report including the areas where leaks and damage are present, along with recommendations for repair going forward. This type of comprehensive report may take around 3 to 5 days to complete.
Choosing a Roofing Contractor
In addition to the inspection report, do a little research before you choose your contractor. You want to check for several important things:
- Note how long the company has been in business
- Make sure they are familiar with the local area
- Check for certifications from the products they use
- Check what warranties or guarantees they offer
- Check they have licensing and insurance
- Look for various reviews, affiliations and recommendations
Commercial Flat Roof Replacement
Commercial flat roof systems can use sheets of PVC (which is polyvinyl chloride), TPO or EPDM. BUR roofing can also be utilized for flat or low slope roofing.
TPO is the most commonly used. It is durable, flexible, and can be easily customized for your roof.
PVC is known to be longer lasting and is also flame resistant, strong, and doesn’t affect your energy efficiency.
EPDM roofing is a great solution for cooler climates, as it has a durable rubber layer. The downside is EPDM is not so great in hot weather and can wear away over time.
Benefits to commercial flat roofs are reduced energy waste, storage for HVAC units, and easier roof maintenance and cleaning processes. The major drawback of these flat roofs is poor drainage.
Options to repair a commercial flat roof include cleaning and removal of excess water and blisters. Most of the time you can get away with repairing a flat roof, instead of replacing the entire roof, as long as the damage isn’t too widespread. Repairing the existing roof may also be the most cost-effective solution for building owners as long as the roofing system isn’t past its expected lifespan.
Commercial Metal Roof Replacement
Metal roofing is one of the most popular commercial roof choices around. If installed correctly, metal roofing has a lifespan of over 60 years!
A metal roof consists of metal roofing panels that overlap each other and are fastened to the framing. Popular metals used include:
- Galvanized steel
- Zinc, silicon, and aluminum-coated steel
- Standing Seam Metal
- Metal sheets
- Stainless steel
Benefits of this type of roofing material include heat resistance, durability, and longevity.
Options for repair usually start with the use of an acrylic coating that forms a durable membrane over the surface of the roof. This acrylic and urethane coating can seal and protect your roof for some time.
If the metal roof on your commercial building is too old to repair and maintain, then you will need to consider a full roof replacement.
Commercial Roof Replacement Cost
The average cost of flat roof installation starts at $9 per square foot but can cost as much as $15 a square foot, depending on how large and complex your roof system is. So expect to pay from $4000-$13000 for a 1000 square foot roof.
The average cost of a metal roof averages between $7 to $15 per square foot.
Either way you look at it, repairing your commercial roof is not cheap and these costs can affect your business.
Business Insurance Policy
Don’t forget to check your insurance policy! Depending on the type of damage to your roof, your insurance may cover all or part of the cost.
Sometimes, leaks and water damage are only covered if certain weather events caused them. (For example, damage from a hailstorm or hurricane could be covered, but other causes may not be.)
If you believe you have coverage, contact your insurance company to file a claim. Once you do this, the insurance company will send an adjuster to inspect the damages and estimate the cost of repairs. At TEMA, our experts have experience working directly with insurance companies to review the likelihood of your roofing repairs being covered by insurance.
Commercial Roof Replacement
TEMA Roofing Services is your trusted roofing expert when it comes to commercial roof replacement.
We offer a full range of services, competitive pricing, and quality materials and are the perfect solution for your commercial roof repair needs. Our trusted professionals are ready to help with your roofing project. Make sure you contact us today!