No matter what kind of building you’re dealing with, it’s important to have a solid, sturdy roof that’s free of leaks or structural issues. For a residential roof, that usually means shingle work, but what about a commercial roof?
Commercial roof replacement is a much more complex beast. There’s a wider variety of roofing styles for commercial roofs, and as a result, many different installation methods.
There are a lot of considerations when replacing a commercial roof. What kind of roof do you need? How will the installation process affect your operation? Do you need to replace your roof, or is re-roofing a better option?
The more you know about commercial roofs, the easier it will be to answer these questions. Keep reading to learn more about the process of commercial roof replacement.
Re-Roofing and Roof Replacement
The first thing you need to determine is whether you need a full roof replacement or if re-roofing would be better. First, you need to understand the difference between the two.
A roof replacement is exactly what it sounds like: roofers remove your old commercial roof and install a new roof in its place.
Re-roofing, on the other hand, is the process of installing a new roofing system on top of an old one. It allows you to get a new roof without dealing with the removal costs of your old one.
Depending on your situation, you may not be able to re-roof; you’ll need to check up on roofing laws to know if re-roofing is an option for you.
Commercial Roof Options
When replacing a roof, you need to be clear on your roofing options. There are many roofing systems to choose from, including metal roofing, thermoset roofing, built-up roofing, and more.
Metal roofing is a popular, classic option. Metal roofs are fire-resistant, sustainable, and durable. There are many materials that can be used in metal roofing.
A thermoset roof is made from a single layer of rubber material. It’s long-lasting and doesn’t require much upkeep.
Built-up roofing, also called a BUR membrane, is the traditional tar-and-gravel roof system. It’s durable and affordable, making it popular for many businesses.
Check with your roofing company to see if they offer the right kind of roof for you.
The kind of installation you need depends on the roof system you choose. An equally important factor is the reliability of your roofing company. A good roofing company will offer timely and affordable installation.
If you want to ensure that your installation will be done on time with minimal disruption to your building’s usual operation, there are a few factors to check. Read more now to learn how to choose a good roofing contractor.
Upgrade Your Commercial Roof
Replacing your commercial roof is an important decision, as well as a complex one. Knowing how much of your roof needs replaced, as well as what kind of roof system you need, will make the process much easier.
The roof is one of the most important parts of a building, but other parts of the structure bear thinking about, too. Visit our architecture blog for more advice on improving your commercial building!