If your roof is leaking or if it's old and at risk of failing, it's time to talk to a commercial roofer about your options. A roof leak can lead to costly water damage when you factor in damage to inventory or equipment, so prompt repairs or replacement is necessary when it comes to commercial roofs. Here are some steps to take.
Learn Your Options
There are more choices for a commercial roof replacement than for a residential roof replacement, so you want to understand the pros and cons of each type of roofing. Your decision will be based on cost, appearance, suitability for your roof's slope, and projected maintenance needs. You probably want a roofing material that's durable and long lasting so you won't have to worry about your roof for several years.
Prepare For The Installation
Some types of commercial roofing are easy to install and won't disrupt your routine. Spray foam and membrane roofing don't require as much noise and activity as tearing off shingles or tiles. Still, you'll want to prepare in advance for the job. You may need to plan and schedule the work with the roofer a few months ahead of time.
When the time comes to put on the roof, let your employees know what to expect and where they can park. You'll need to provide easy access to your roof and building, so you may need to block off part of your lot and put up signs to warn customers and clients about the activity on your roof. If you keep seating, goods, dining areas, or décor near your building, you may need to move those away until the roofing work is complete. If possible, choose to have most of the work done when your building is closed, but if your building is in operation, your roofer will have a plan for doing the work safely with as little disruption as possible.
Plan Inspections And Maintenance
Talk to the roofer about having regular inspections and maintenance done after the roof has been replaced. You may want your own maintenance crew to do routine inspections, but you may also want inspections from the roofer for your records and to make repairs when damage is confined to a small area. If you take good care of your roof, it should last for many years.
Fortunately, commercial roofing options are easy to repair and tend to have little damage from storms and foot traffic, so if you choose the ideal roofing material for your building's needs, ongoing maintenance shouldn't be time consuming or expensive.
To learn more about commercial roof replacement, contact a company like Durafoam Roofing LLC.