Do you think that all roofs are pretty much the same? Think again. Commercial roofing and residential roofing are different in more ways than one. Not only are there more things to consider with commercial roofing when buying materials, but also how a simple roofing repair can affect your customers. Don’t leave yourself unprepared when something goes wrong. Instead, take a look at some of the things you should consider when buying commercial roofing.
Commercial Roofing is more complex than residential roofing. In fact, there are other factors like A/C and rainwater that affect a flat commercial roof differently than a home. Unlike a home in which the roof has sloped sides, a commercial roof is usually flat, and rainwater needs to go somewhere. You need a professional roof installer to make sure that the water properly drains and doesn’t damage your roof. Your materials for a commercial roof are also going to be different than that of the home. Most businesses do not have asphalt shingle roofs, and they are made out of varying alternative materials such as single-ply roofing. It’s also going to be much more expensive, and will take a sizable down payment to cover the cost. Not to mention you need this roof to last you at least 20-40 years. Implementing ventilation units and solar panels is a daunting task that requires precision planning and a thorough examination. You cannot settle for a rushed job, which leads me to the next point.
Unlike the roofing on a home, commercial roofing requires months of planning and preparation. It also requires weeks of inspections after the roof has completed certain phases. One of the common roofing mistakes business owners make is thinking that it can be done in a couple of weeks. That’s just not true. Not only is there more area to cover, but buildings have to meet certain city codes established by municipalities. Certain weather interruptions can also affect your timetable. If you plan on getting a new commercial roof or implementing some roof maintenance, consider how it will affect your business for the foreseeable future.
Have a leaky roof somewhere that is affecting your customers or causing a disgusting smell? Well, if you have a commercial roof, the answer may not be so simple. Instead of going up to the roof and patching a certain tile or replacing a certain section of your roof, there can be much bigger problems. It can mean that only a certain section needs to be repaired or that there are huge structural problems with the commercial roof. If you spot something like this in your building you’ll need a comprehensive examination done. Even if you have worked on your own roof, it’s still a good idea to call a professional.
One of the ways to negate damage is to have a professional roofing company make multiple maintenance checks throughout the year. By doing this you can spot damages before they happen and replace and repair before things structurally break down. You will get a much longer life out of your roof if you do maintenance checks often. Otherwise, wear and tear or a large storm can damage multiple parts of your roof which can lead you to spend more money in the long run. Also, the materials you choose depending on the climate will greatly impact how long your roofs last. Before choosing a material, make sure to do your research and weigh the pros and cons.
Thinking about getting a new roof for your business? Do you need some repairs done to your roof? Galaxy Construction & Roofing can tackle any business large or small. Contact us today to set up a consultation about your project.