If you’re in the market for a new commercial roof, there are many cost-related issues to consider before selecting the type of system you need and the contractor to install it. Here are some questions to think about.
- Is your roofing project a relatively simple re-cover or does it need an expensive tear-off, new insulation, replacement of metal components or edge details, or other work? Depending on the type of system you select, it can possibly be installed right on top of the current roof (if local building codes permit), sparing you the cost of a tear-off. This is a feature of lightweight, single-ply roofing systems.
- What experience does the contractor have with your building type and the roofing system being considered? When you buy a roof, you’re also buying the know-how to install it. Rooftops differ from building to building. Roofs on restaurants and manufacturing plants typically have lots of penetrations for venting and exhaust. A warehouse roof may be more wide-open. These differences present different challenges. Can the contractor you choose install a roof that will give you financial peace of mind now and into the future?
- What’s the best roof system for your facility? Your answer might partly depend on how long you expect to own your building. Coatings are short-term solutions that can extend the life of a roof and improve leak protection and provide energy savings. Single-ply membranes and other systems should serve your building for at least 15 years. Another “best roof” consideration is the type of operation you’re roofing. As noted above, restaurants and some other businesses have exhaust venting onto the roof surface and some roof membrane types are highly resistant to a variety of chemicals while others deteriorate. Some systems withstand intense sunlight better than others. An expensive, durable roof may be better for your budget than a cheaper alternative that would need to be replaced sooner.
- Can you negotiate some added value from the roofer? Some contractors may be inclined to offer a lower price on roofs installed during the slower winter months than when they are busy the rest of the year. Or if you own or manage a few commercial facilities that have upcoming roofing needs, you may be able to negotiate a multi-job discount. Consider asking the contractor for an extended warranty or a roof maintenance program that provides coverage in addition to what’s included in the initial job warranty. All these possibilities will stretch your roofing budget dollar.
At Great Lakes Roofing & Insulation, we’re all about delivering value to our commercial roofing customers. We’re able to do this because of our successful experience with a variety of building types and our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Please contact us to discuss your specific needs.