Commercial Roof Installation: Everything You Need to Know

Considering a new commercial roof installation? Good news! You've come to the right place.

Our informative guide will help you navigate the complexities of this essential commercial investment, so you're ready to get started!

Before Getting Started - 5 Top Factors to Consider

Prior to embarking on a commercial roof installation, let's review a few components that will impact your project's overall success. You'll notice that hiring the right contractor can help you avoid many potential challenges along the way!

Building codes and regulations

Commercial building codes, including approved materials and how they can be used in the construction, vary by region. And restrictions posed on historic buildings are another matter entirely.

Therefore, hiring an experienced roofing team will ensure your new roof meets all necessary specifications and code requirements, helping you avoid legal issues down the road.

Climate and weather conditions

If you live in the Midwest or any area prone to extreme weather events like hail storms, heavy snowfall, freezing temperatures, or strong winds, you'll need a durable roofing solution that is designed to keep up with seasonal changes.

Note, however, that regular maintenance and repair will factor into the strength and longevity of your roof overtime.

Budget and costs

As you already know, commercial roof installations are a major investment, so it's important to start budgeting for this project right away.

  • Request quotes and project estimates from local roofers.
  • Ask your CPA about potential write-offs, tax incentive programs, or grants you may qualify for to help cover the project's overall expenses.

Roofing materials

Different types of roofs require different installation techniques. For example, installing metal roof shingles differs from applying a single-ply membrane. Therefore, while you're compiling estimates, be sure you're only contacting roofers with experience in installing your chosen roofing materials.

Time of year

Weather conditions can pose a potential challenge during roof installation. Rain, snow, or extreme heat can affect or delay the process.

Again, hiring a reputable roofing contractor is key. At All Elements, Inc., we'll work to ensure your project stays on schedule and will keep you updated on any changes, delays, or unforeseen challenges—always with a solution in mind to get your project back on track!

What's Involved In Commercial Roof Installation?

As mentioned, each roofing material requires a different approach to installation. Below, we've provided a brief snapshot of three techniques used on popular roofing materials.

Note, that before installation takes place, regardless of the materials used, thorough inspection, cleaning, and preparation of the existing roof should always occur first!

PVC Roof Installation

  • The single-ply membrane is rolled out and cut to fit the dimensions of the roof.
  • The edges are then sealed using hot air welding.
  • Finally, any seams are heat-welded together to create a watertight seal.

BUR Roof Installation

  • Roofers will apply a layer of asphalt or tar to the surface and embed layers of felt or other reinforcing material into the asphalt.
  • This process is repeated multiple times, creating a layered system that provides a strong and durable roof surface.
  • Once the layers are in place, professionals apply a top layer of gravel or other material to protect the underlying layers from damage.

TPO Installation

  • Roofers will install an insulation board to create a flat surface.
  • Next, they lay TPO sheets over the insulation board and weld them together using hot air. This process is repeated until the entire roof is covered.
  • Once the TPO sheets are in place, professionals install flashing around the edges of the roof and any penetrations to ensure a watertight seal.
  • The final step is to apply a top layer of reflective coating to protect the TPO roofing from UV rays and other environmental factors.

Calculating Costs & ROIs

The cost of commercial roof installation will vary depending on several factors, including

  • The size of the roof
  • The project complexity
  • Materials & labor

Again, you'll want to obtain detailed quotes from reputable contractors as soon as possible.

While the initial cost of commercial roof installation may seem significant, it's important to consider the overall return on investment (ROI).

A high-quality, properly installed roof can provide long-term benefits, such as:

  • Energy savings
  • Increased property value
  • Reduced maintenance and repair costs

Therefore, it's important to weigh the upfront cost against the potential long-term savings and benefits.

It's also worth considering financing options for commercial roof installation. Many contractors offer financing plans or partnerships with financing companies to help ease the financial burden and make the project more manageable.

Regular Inspections Save You Big!

Finally, remember, proper maintenance and regular inspections are essential to ensure the longevity and performance of your commercial roof. Neglecting maintenance can lead to costly repairs and premature roof failure.

  • Regular inspections should be conducted at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall.
  • Inspections should include checking for any signs of damage, leaks, or loose materials.
  • Gutters and drains should also be inspected and cleaned to ensure proper water drainage.

What To Expect During a Roof Installation

When a business decides to install a new roof, they should expect a few things during the process.

  • Firstly, there will be noise and activity around the building as the installation team works to remove the old roof and install the new one. This may disrupt normal business operations, so it's important to plan accordingly.
  • Secondly, the installation team will need access to the roof, so the business should ensure to clear any obstacles or items that may be in the way. This will help the team work more efficiently and safely.
  • Finally, your internal teams, customers, and/or tenants will have questions, so it's important to communicate what's happening clearly and regularly. Put up signs nearby, send out newsletters, and keep everyone informed who walks in and out of your building, so they know what to expect during construction.

Overall, a commercial roof installation can be a disruptive process, but with proper planning and communication, it can be completed successfully with minimal impact on business operations.

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Contact All Elements, Inc. to start your commercial roofing project. We provide durable, long-lasting roofing solutions for any size commercial roof.

Contact us for a quote today! Whether you need new roof installation or commercial repairs, we're here to serve you!

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