Answers to the Eight Most Asked Questions of Commercial Roofers
More and more building owners and facility managers are taking it upon themselves to learn all they can about the product installed on their roof. The questions we get from our customers are generally the same set of questions, so we want to create a place for our site visitors to reference when they have a question about their roof. Below are 8 of the most frequently asked questions we receive on a daily basis.
How long should my roof last?
Technology has come a long way when it comes to the type of material installed on your roof. This is definitely a factor when it comes to the longevity of a roofing system. However, there are other factors beyond the material including the quality of installation, and if you are taking part in a preventative maintenance program. Both of these will help extend the life of the roof, which can help save you money in the long run. Some roofs are designed to last 30+ years while other roofs have a life expectancy of 10 years of less. If you neglect your roof, that is a sure fire way to shorten the life of your roof.
How often should my roof be inspected?
Although you may hear varying opinions, we recommend our customers have their roof inspected by us semi-annually. You should also consider having your roof inspected if you have experienced a significant thunderstorm where you may believe your roof encountered some damage.
What is the best product for my roof?
The answer to this question depends on a number of different factors. We will use a product on certain roofs, but may not use it on another, depending on the slope of the roof. Single-ply roofing is a popular product today because of its easy installation, pricing, and flexibility. Once we inspect your roof, we will recommend the product we plan to use and why we choose to use it.
How do you inspect my roof?
We have been inspecting roofs since 1989. We are highly trained to identify problem areas. Our thorough approach starts and ends with the details. We carefully inspect areas around cut-outs such as HVAC units, vent covers and other mechanical equipment. These are typically prime areas in which leaks occur. Regular inspection may lead to minor repairs. However, if you choose not to have your roof inspected regularly (two times/year), you could be facing costly repairs in the future.
How do I know if I have a roofing problem?
The best way to know if you are having problems with your roof is to look for problem areas inside your building. If you start to notice damp ceiling tiles, walls that show moisture, or obvious puddles of water, chances are you have an issue with your roof.
Do you have references?
We don't always get this question, but it's the best question a prospective customer can ask us. We are more than happy to provide contact information for those we have worked with in the past. We live on referrals and we want to make sure all of our customers are not only happy with our work, but are educated on our process of roof inspection, repair and replacement.
Are there any hidden costs associated with my roof leak?
We will work with your time frame and budget. The only "hidden costs" are those you incur by employee downtime because of the interior damage caused by a roof leak. Our fees are reviewed with you prior to any work being performed.
What type of businesses do you work with?
We work with any commercial industry. This may range from industrial buildings, office buildings, and schools just to name a few. No job is too big or too small for us to handle. We just want to make sure we help educate you, provide the very best service, and at a cost that fits within your budget.
We hope this answers some of your questions. We invite you to give us a call anytime and learn more about our approach to commercial roofing and how we can specifically help you with your roofing problems.