Part of keeping your commercial property in shape is making sure the roof is in good condition. The following are some questions we frequently hear from property managers about their commercial roofs.
Does My Building Need a New Roof?
There are some signs you should look for to determine the condition of your commercial roof and to assess whether a replacement is needed. Consider the following.
- The age of the roof
- The leak history of the roof
- The extent and cost of repairs performed on the roof
- The type of work performed in the building and the cost of business interruption due to leaks
- The roof warranty situation
Which Roofing System Is Right for My Building?
Probably an unpopular answer but . . . It depends. While single-ply systems are far and away market-leading (approximately 85% of commercial roof installations), one solution does not fit all situations. System options include single-ply (TPO, PVC, EPDM), modified bitumen, built-up roof, metal, and vegetated. You should consult a professional on this topic; however, beware if they are not considering the following in their assessment:
- The current roof system and its performance history
- Is the roof a candidate for a recover rather than a full tear-off
- Does the roof experience heavy traffic
- Energy performance (insulating value, reflectivity)
- Aesthetic consideration (color, system)
- The desired warranty period and life-span expectations of future roof
How Long Does a Roof Install Take?
The square footage of your project will be the primary driver of the time it will take to complete a roof install. However, the system specified, scope of work, and any building access restrictions will also influence the pace and schedule of construction. Weather conditions can also dramatically impact the speed at which a reroofing project can be completed. Any reputable contractor will avoid having a roof open with a high probability of precipitation. At Innovative Roofing Group, we absolutely will not open a roof with a probability of rain higher than 30%.
Can Flat Roofs Drain Water?
If your property has a flat or low-slope roof, and it is designed and constructed properly, it will drain. If you have excessive ponding of water it may foretell an issue of:
- Poor design, construction, or condition of the deck or insulation
- Insufficient roof drainage capacity
- Debris clogging the drains or gutters