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A Complete Guide on Preparing for a Commercial Roof Replacement

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So you’re in need of a commercial roof replacement, but have no idea where to start? Don’t worry, roof replacement isn’t as difficult as it seems. 

Commercial roof replacement is an expensive investment. The last thing you want is to deal with problems afterward because you didn’t prevent them earlier.

By preparing for future issues, you save yourself money and headaches.

Though roof replacement is reliant on the company you hire, the outcome of the project also relies on you. Before contractors arrive, you must ensure that your roof is equipped to handle replacement.

If you’re interested in learning how to prepare for roof replacement, then keep reading!

What is Commercial Roofing?

Commercial roofing is similar to the roof over your house, except on a much larger scale. It serves to protect the property underneath and provide functionality for the equipment mounted on top. 

Most commercial roofing systems involve concrete or tar and gravel. If weather conditions in your location allow, you may even consider asphalt shingles or concrete tiles.

As you may have noticed, more roof options are available for commercial roofing rather than residential roofing. This is why it’s important to do your research and choose what best fits your building.

Types of Roofing Systems

When deciding what type of roof you’re going to get, you must consider the size, function, and price of the material. Weather conditions are a large factor in the decision-making process. Here are a few types of commercial roofing systems:

  • Metal Roofing
  • Modified Bitumen Roofing
  • Built-up Roofing
  • Green Roofing System
  • Thermoplastic or PVC Roofing
  • Thermoset or EPDM Roof Membrane

Your roof replacement is either an “overlay” or a “tear-off.” An overlay means that the old roof is untouched with the new roof placed on top. Though it is cheaper, it is more dangerous.

If your original roofing is decayed and worn out, your new roof will not last long.

Tear-off replacements get you more bang for your buck. Also, don’t worry about the amount of time a tear-off project takes. Many professional roofers are experienced in this type of replacement and can finish it in a single day.

If you’re looking for the most cost-effective option, built-up roofing is the choice for you. Multiple layers of tar and gravel increase the durability of this roofing system. 

Metal roofing is the most popular commercial roof style. With many different materials available, such as metal tile sheets and stainless steel, this roof is durable and sustainable. 

Metal commercial roofing also comes with high fire resistance. And most types have protective layers that prevent rust and damage from the sun’s UV rays.

Other types of roofing, such as the modified bitumen roof type, have reinforced roof fabrics and bitumen within the layers. They are easy to maintain and are best if you’re anticipating a lot of activity on your roof. 

PVC and thermoplastic roofing is best for restaurants and hotel businesses because of it’s high reflection and resistance to damage. If you’re looking for something easy to maintain, then consider thermoset roofing.

Green roofing systems are the most sustainable option. They are the most environmentally friendly and they improve water management and drainage. 

Preparing for Roof Replacement

Now that you’ve chosen what type of roof replacement you want, it’s time to prepare. Before your appointment, here’s what you need to do to make your roofing project go quick and smooth:

Provide Driveway Access

The roof replacement company needs complete and easy access to their vehicle. This way, they don’t waste time when going back and forth.

If cars are around the company’s vehicle, it increases the chance of damage and accidents. It may be best to close your business for the day or plan your appointment during an off-day. 

Turn Off Security Alarms

Especially if you’re installing metal roofing, the vibrations may trigger your interior alarms. This will stall the workers and waste time. Not to mention, the sound is pretty annoying.

If you’re unable to manually deactivate your alarms, then contact your security company. 

Put Up Warning Signs

As mentioned before, it’s best to schedule your commercial building repairs on an off-day. If you can’t afford to shut down your business for one day, then you must put up warning signs around the premises.

Even if it is an off-day, the construction team will be thankful for the extra safety measures. These signs alert your employees and visitors to steer clear of the area. 

Remove Obstructions

With any repair project, it’s important to remove obstructions. This is the best way to avoid accidents and inconvenience. 

Inspect Mounted Equipment

On top of your roof, there is the equipment used for your building. These may include your HVAC system, plumbing exhausts, and more. 

It is entirely possible that rusting or growth around your equipment caused your roof damage.

Make sure to inspect your equipment, assess for damage, and go from there. You may have to replace your equipment along with your roof. 

If your equipment is in good shape, make sure to seal any openings so that materials from your roof replacement don’t leak in.

Plan Efficient Timing

The last thing you want is a delayed start to your project. Roof replacements vary based on factors like the weather which can elongate the process. 

Make sure to leave enough time for planning and decision-making. During the time before making your appointment, consider the weather in your location and whether it’ll impact the quality of the job. 

After Roof Replacement

Once your new roof is in place, your job is not done. You must check to see if the company followed industry standards and local codes. 

Right after your roof replacement, an inspection should follow. 

The interior of your commercial building should be inspected, as well, to assess for any damage. If the company caused any damage, you would want them to fix it rather than the expenses coming out of your own pocket. 

After inspections, you must set up a roof maintenance system. This will keep your roof in good condition and extend its’ lifespan. 

Commercial Roof Replacement

Commercial roof replacement may seem like a tedious task, but it doesn’t have to be if you prepare beforehand. If you follow the steps above, your replacement project should be efficient and easy.

If you’re interested in getting an estimate for a commercial roof replacement, contact us so that we can help you! 

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Jake Freeman

Jake Freeman

Freeman Exteriors is a family owned and operated general contracting company. We specialize in roofing and commercial renovations. We serve Champaign County, Vermilion County, including Champaign, Danville, Paris, IL and Crawfordsville, Covington, West Lafayette, IN and surrounding areas. Our goal is to be the general contractor of choice through our pledge to maintain the highest quality of standards and workmanship. Give us a call today to begin your next project!

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