Can I re-roof or do I have to tear off my existing commercial roof?
If you only have one roof on your building that is in good shape, chance are you can save money by installing a new roof without removing the existing roof.
Unfortunately, there are instances where a roof tear-off is required:
- Your facility already has two roofs: According to law, commercial buildings may not have more than two roofing layers. This is to prevent excess weight and stress on the structure of the building.
- Your facility has an unsafe roof: If your roof is damaged, saturated or unstable, your contractor will need to strip the existing roof to install a new working roof.
How do I know if my business needs a new roof?
Our experts will perform a free roof assessment to determine the quality of your existing roof. Internal damage you may spot such as roof leaks or mold, are indicators that your commercial roof could be unstable and need replacing.
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When should I schedule my roof survey?
The earlier the better! As soon as warm weather comes, contractors are up on roofing starting projects. It’s best to contact a contractor in The later summer to schedule a survey as soon as the spring comes to your area. That way, they can start your project as soon as roofing season starts.
How much will my new roof cost?
Each situation has its own unique challenges that cause the prices to fluctuate. We compete with all the viable and high performing commercial roofing systems. There are many factors that contribute to the price of your new commercial roof.
Some of these factors include:
- The size of your roof
- Condition of the existing roof
- Roof access
- Insulation choice
- Membrane choice
- Installation choice
- Roof penetrations
- Type of Warranty
We can help you create a budget after one of our roofing experts performs a free roof assessment and creates a roof survey report for your facility.
Read More: Cost of Spray Polyurethane Foam Commercial Roof or Cost of Single-Ply Membrane Commercial Roofing
How long can I expect my commercial roof system to last?
The longevity of your commercial is dependent on many factors, from weather conditions to roof type.
There are averages for common roof systems:
- Spray Polyurethane Foam: 30 – 50 Years
- Single-Ply Membrane TPO: 15 – 20 Years
- Single-Ply Membrane EPDM: 20 – 25 Years
- Metal: 30 – 45 Years
- Built-Up: 10 – 15 Years
How long does it take to install a new commercial roof?
The time of the project is dependent on a variety of variables such as the type of roof, the size of the roof, existing damage, weather, inspections, and permits. Each job is truley unique and could take form a few days to a few weeks. When you talk to a roofing expert for an assessment, they should be able to include a proposed timeline in the survey report.
How do I know which type of roof is right for my business?
Our roofing experts will work with you to determine the best roofing system for your facility based on climate, energy costs, and facility needs.
There are many roofing options for your commercial facility:
- Spray Polyurethane Foam – Read More
- Single-Ply Membrane: TPO – Read More
- Single-Ply Membrane: EPDM – Read More
- Sheet Metal – Read More
- Built-Up (Tar, Asphalt, Modified Bitumen)
- Sustainable (Green, Solar)
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How can I choose the right commercial roofing contractor?
Choosing the right commercial roofing contractor to trust can be daunting. There are databases with accredited companies such as the Better Business Bureau or the National Roofing Contractors Association. In addition, ask your contractor what kind of training they do with their crews and what certifications they hold with suppliers and industry organizations.
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At West Roofing Systems, our teams hold many certifications: PCP Certified Company, OSHA 500, 510, 7500 Certified Trainer, NRCA Certified in Fall Protection among others, in addition to belonging to industry organizations such as The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance and The National Roofing Contractors Association.
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Is there anything I need to do to maintain my commercial roof warranty?
When you install a new roof on your facility, you will have a variety of warranties to choose from. The coverage of your warranty depends on the type of warranty you purchase. The most common warranty options include Contractor’s Warranty, Manufacturer’s Warranty, and a Manufacturer’s Full System Warranty.
These warranties can cover a variety of roofing issues such as:
- Roof leak repair
- High winds
- Hail damage coverage
- Roof puncture coverage
Most roof warranties require or recommend regular roof inspections and maintenance. In addition to a proper maintenance program, Roof Restoration is a great way to renew your roof warranty.
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What should I do in the case of an emergency commercial roof leak?
If you find that your commercial roof is leaking, Your first priority is to protect what is in your facility first. This could mean moving furniture or covering equipment to protect from water damage. When your property inside the facility is protected, mark the leak area to show a professional later.
If your roofing contractor has an emergency contact number, this is the time to utilize their services. If they don’t have emergencies, contact them the next day during business hours.
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