Commercial roof replacement is a significant investment in the exterior structure of your business that can impact your insurance premiums and other aspects of your budget. Commercial roofing is often a larger job than residential roofing. A crucial aspect of re-roofing a commercial property is likely to be striking the best balance between up-front cost and long-term value.
One of the major factors in the expense of commercial roofing is the material you choose. Different materials vary in cost and the labor required for roof replacement. These materials are also subject to a variety of risk and range in expected longevity. Many commercial roofs are flat, which opens up the possibility of installing built-up or bitumen roofing. You will need sufficient drainage to prevent water from accumulating on the roof, which can lead to damage, problematic additional weight, or leaks.
Shingles made out of any material are likely to require more maintenance than panel roofing, though this work is also likely to be easier to perform. Asphalt is a popular material, though it is subject to becoming scratched or succumbing to storm damage. Other durable and environmentally-friendly materials include metal and slate, but these materials and the installation process can be expensive. Single-ply roofing is a lighter-weight alternative, but it can also cost more than traditional roofing materials.
A commercial roof can last for decades, so you should consider how to make the most of your investment. In addition to selecting the right material for your location and expectations regarding maintenance and repair, you should also have the roof installed by qualified professionals. The quality of the roof replacement will help to ensure that the material you choose will perform as well and last as long as possible. Make sure to schedule a consultation to have your current roof inspected and determine what labor will be involved in the replacement.