Getting your commercial roof replaced is a major event and represents a significant financial investment for the owner of a commercial property. The most common types of roofs on commercial buildings like factories, warehouses, shops, and restaurants are flat and very-low-slope roofs. It is a good idea to know what to expect before, during and after your commercial roof replacement, so don’t be afraid to ask your roofing contractor for the details of their process.
Here is a typical outline of commercial roof replacement from start to finish:
- Inspection: Before your job can be planned, your contractor will need to have a clear idea of the current condition of your roof. This will require a thorough inspection.
- Design and material selection: Commercial roof replacement is the perfect time to consider if there are any improvements that can be made in the design of your roof – including the drainage and airflow components. You will also need to select materials for your new roof. This is frequently TPO or EPDM membranes because they can help save energy, but it will depend on the size of your roof, the pitch of your roof, and its weight capacity.
- Removal of old roof (if needed)
- Repairs of existing components (if needed)
- Installation of new roof: The exact installation process will depend on factors like the pitch of your roof. Having a reliable contractor is key, as the seams, flashing, and caulking must be just right to ensure that your roof is watertight.
- Clean up and follow-up: One the roof installation is completed, the work area will need to be cleaned up to ensure that any waste material is removed. Regular inspections of your new roof will be key to maintaining its longevity.