As a business owner, ever purchase must be scrutinized. Remember, all businesses must make a profit, so you need to make sure you’re staying within budget while not compromising on quality.
When an unexpected event occurs that leads to purchases you have not anticipated, such as a new commercial roof, it can be very tempting to simply go for the cheapest provider out there. However, this could end up costing you a lot more in the long run, especially if the roof material is of a poor standard, and it’s installed incorrectly. You could find yourself facing many problems, including leaks.
With that being said, in this blog post, we will take a look at what any business should consider when looking for a new commercial roof.
We have mentioned price and how important it is not to just accept the cheapest deal unless you’ve done your homework on the supplier and the roofing material.
Assess the supplier’s roofing experience and their time in the industry. Check out their completed projects portfolio and ask for customer case studies to make sure that they have handled projects similar to your own requirement. This is especially the case if you’re going for a specialist roofing solution or your building has any hurdles like awkward access.
References and Reviews
Get references and reviews to help you gauge the reputation and professionalism of the roofing company. Go online and visit independent review platforms so you can see what previous customers have had to say about the service they received.
Durability is another major factor when choosing a commercial roofing system. After all, you want to ensure that the roof is going to last for many years to come. Your location will play a role in determining what roofing material and how it’s installed.
The materials used and the methods followed, as well as the system must stand up to the weather in your area e.g. if you’re in a high wind zone your roof will need extra bracing especially on higher pitch roof. EPDM roofing stands for ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, which is a highly durable synthetic rubber. It is especially popular for use on low-slope buildings.
Other materials that are popular include slate, clay tiles, metal, wood, asphalt, and composite shingles.
The roofing material needed for your building will primarily come down to your location, personal preference and the contractor’s recommendations, as well as price.
Compare Price and Warranty
Replacing a commercial roof is a big-ticket item for your business. The good news is you will get plenty of warning that it needs replacement. Commercial roofs need regular inspection, and this is carried out as part of the usual building inspection that’s a prerequisite for insurance purposes.
Make a list of your needs and then research online for deals. Or if preferred hire a consultant to do this task on your behalf e.g. a quantity surveyor, for example, is a professional who can manage this task and they will know what questions to ask including the term of the warranty. Did you know the average term for a new roof warranty is twenty to fifty years?
To conclude, there are many different factors that need to be considered when looking for a company to provide you with a new commercial roof. This can often be an unexpected expense for a lot of businesses should the roof fail without warning. However, this does not mean you should cut corners.