When frequent maintenance on an aging roof can no longer keep pace with leaks and deterioration, it’s time for a new roof. Facility managers are notorious for putting off roof replacement because choosing a roof system and the right contractor to install it, can be complex and confusing. At North American Roofing, we understand the dilemma facility managers face, so we’ve put together some tips to help guide you through the process.
Initial Roof Investigation
If the existing roof is failing, don’t immediately assume that installing an identical roof system will fix all the problems. Your building’s roof assembly is a complex structure, designed to protect the inhabitants and contents from water damage, so it pays to research design options with a qualified roofing professional. A roofing-design expert will inspect and address existing issues such as penetrations, terminations, transitions and roof intersections and offer design options that will extend the new roof’s useful life.
Additional Selection Tips
Armed with the results of the roof inspection, you’ll have a better idea of the types of roof systems suitable for your facility. Because the new roof should protect the facility for decades, it’s important to consider additional factors.
- Will local environmental laws apply?
- Is a part of the roof visible from other buildings?
- How much foot traffic will be on the roof?
- Is it important to minimize roof-installation disturbance to inhabitants?
- Is controlling utility costs a top priority?
- What type of ongoing maintenance is required?
Do your homework. The best practice is to prequalify contractors before asking them to submit proposals. In addition to contacting the contractor’s last three customers, consider the following factors:
- The contractor’s track record installing similar systems
- How many years the contractor has been in business
- Whether the contractor is certified to install the desired manufacturer’s brand of roofing
- The experience level of the installation crew
- Whether the contractor offers follow-up and maintenance services
If you’re on a budget, it can be tempting to jump at the cheapest bid, but that can end up costing you more in the long run. In no industry is the adage, “you get what you pay for” more fitting than in commercial roofing. Give every contractor detailed bid sheets that specify the desired products and methods. Don’t be swayed by a contractor that comes back with a one-size-fits-all solution at a bargain-basement price.
Give Us a Chance — We’ll Give You a Great Roof Installation
Reputation is everything. At North American Roofing, we’ve earned our reputation as the “most trusted and respected roofing company” in the nation because we put our customers first. Always. We’re not just another roofing company – we’re the roofing company you can depend on to install the right roof for your facility at the best price. We’re certified to install all major brands of roof systems, including EPDM, PVC and TPO membrane, metal roofing, solar arrays, modified built-up and roof coatings. We’ll walk you, step-by-step, through the decision-making and installation process. When it’s all said and done, we’ll add you to our long and ever-growing list of satisfied customers. Call us today at (800) 551-5602 to get started on the road to a successful roof installation.