What to expect during a commercial roof replacement

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Residential and Commercial Roofing Projects
Blackhawk Roofing
May 30, 2019

What to expect when your roof is replaced


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 a professional contractor.

Commercial Roof Inspection

An excellent place to start is with a commercial roof inspection. Call a trusted commercial roofing contractor to get an inspection and quote. Most commercial roofing companies offer free appraisals/estimates.

You can find and compare prices and service options by talking with multiple roofing companies. The inspection/estimate will take several things into account and will include have a roof inspector walk the roof, looking for common issues:

·      Blisters

·      Cracks

·      Uplifted seams, nails, and shingles

·      Pools of water

·      Holes or significant structural issues

A 20,000 sq. ft. commercial roof typically takes 30 minutes to an hour to inspect. The inspector 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.

An excellent commercial roof inspection should include a detailed report that describes the areas where leaks and damage are present, along with recommendations for repair going forward. This type of comprehensive report may take a few days to complete.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

In addition to the inspection report, do a little research before choosing your contractor. You will 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 single-ply flat roof systems use sheets of PVC, TPO, or EPDM. TPO is the most used. It is durable, flexible, and easily customized for your roof. PVC is longer-lasting, flame-resistant, strong, and doesn’t affect your energy efficiency. EPDM roofing is an excellent solution for cooler climates, as it has a durable rubber layer. The downside isEPDM is not so great in hot weather and can wear away over time.

Benefits to single-ply commercial flat roofs are reduced energy expenditure, storage for HVAC units, easier roof maintenance, and simplified cleaning processes. The major drawback of these flat roofs is poor drainage.

Options to repair a commercial flat roof include cleaning, and removing excess water and blisters. Most of the time, you can get away with fixing a flat roof instead of replacing the entire roof if the damage isn’t too widespread. Repairing the existing roof may also be the most cost-effective solution for building owners if the roofing system isn’t past its expected lifespan.

Commercial Roof Replacement Cost

The average cost of flat roof installation starts at around $10.00per square foot but can cost as much as $15.00 a square foot, depending on how large, and complex your roof system is. 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 cause them. For example, damage from a hailstorm or hurricane could be covered, but other causes may not be.

Blackhawk Roofing

Blackhawk Roofing has specialized in commercial and residential roofing since 1995. Over the years, we've built new and replacement roofs for thousands of customers in Central Illinois.