If you consider the cost of a roof just to be the initial installation, manhours and material costs, then you’re missing the bigger picture. The right roofing systems are designed to withstand use and weather, which can help you in the long run when it comes to maintenance and repairs. Here are common future expenses to consider when choosing your roof.
Insurance Based on Flame-Resistance and Other Factors
If you opt out of a flame-retardant coating for your roof, not only does this put you at risk for a fire but an insurance company may charge you more since you are at higher risk. In windy areas, your roof should be installed with an eye toward resisting wind uplift. Ignoring this can also increase your insurance costs.
Energy Savings With Proper Sealing and Insulation
Many roofing systems have one or more seams along the edges, around air conditioners and where different materials meet. Paying extra for white, reflective membranes can also reduce the heat on your roof and lower your energy costs during summer.
Preparing for Foot Traffic and Other Wear and Tear
If your roof, or just certain areas, will see a lot of foot traffic, then requesting special covers for those areas can save you on repairs later down the road. This could be something simple, such as a few walkway pads, or something more elaborate, such as the addition of heavy membranes across the entire roof.
Use a Whole System Approach
To avoid these and other future costs, make sure you understand the entire system of your roof. Where does it have opening for roof access and ventilation? What kind of weather conditions will hit it on a regular basis? What tradeoffs can you afford to make between cost and quality? These are important to ask before finalizing any roofing systems on your building.
Planning ahead can save you on future costs when it comes to your building’s roof. Prepare for energy costs, foot traffic and insurance when choosing materials and installation methods.