Making a bad decision on your roof can result in:
- Premature roof replacement
- Unbudgeted repair expense
- Aggravated or injured occupants
Four Steps To Maximizing Your Roofing Investment
This four-step process can help you make the right decisions about your commercial roofing project, and can dramatically increase the chances of its long-term financial success.
Step 1 Understand………..
Understanding your property is key to making a roofing system selection. Key factors to consider include:
- Investment Objectives…..
- Considerations of life cycle cost
- The capital cost and availability
- Desired term of performance for the roof
- Property ownership terms/length
- Property Use…..
- Type of foot traffic on roof
- Aesthetics of roof
- Rooftop equipment what type and quantity
- Facility use
- Property Location…..
- Location (e.g., inland, costal, etc.)
- Environmental conditions
- Accessibility to rooftop
- Local building codes
- Building Construction….
- Type of roof deck
- Existing roofing system condition (if re-roofing)
- Insulation needs
Unfortunately, too many roofing decisions are made without a thorough understanding of these and other relevant factors – or their impact – resulting in sub-optimal performance of the roofing system.
Step 2 Select ………..
Selecting the best roof technology is the goal, using a company that has a vested interest in your roofing project is important. Every property has its own set of roofing needs. Customizing a roofing system that best matches your needs is a main factor. This will help financially and guarantee a successful roofing project.
There is an array of commercial roofing systems and membranes to consider.
Commercial roofing membrane systems include:
- Single Ply (TPO / PVC)
- Polyurethane Foam
- Built Up “BUR”
- Modified Bitumen
- Spray applied Roof Coatings (Elastomeric Coatings/Roof Emulsions)
Step 3 Install ………..
Choosing the right installer is an essential element for a successful roofing project. Commercial roofing requires great attention to detail. In most cases, contractors will work in buildings that are occupied. Contractors need to take special care to make sure the building tenants and pedestrian traffic are safe and are inconvenienced as little as possible when the roof is being installed. All roof installation projects, should strive to exceed industry standards for safety and quality. Roofers should work under strict protocols to ensure safety and quality expectations are exceeded. Your roof system is a serious investment, and proper application, when re-roofing, re-covering, or restoring a flat roof system, will extend the life of your roof for years to come.
Step 4 Maintain ………..
Roofing professionals agree: the best way to extend the life of your roof is to preform regular roof inspections and necessary maintenance.
Just like your heating and air conditioning equipment, a roof needs periodic servicing and inspection in order to maximize return on your investment.
Periodic inspections can uncover potential problems before they become emergencies, and they can reduce the total amount of expenditures on a roof system due to service calls. Roofing systems are valuable assets that must be maintained and protected. Successful property management depends on periodic inspection and regularly scheduled maintenance of your roofing system. Periodic inspection will help you extend the life of the roof.