The roof can often be the most expensive part of a warehouse or industrial building. It must be functional for the activities going on within the building and also needs to hold up to tough conditions. These special considerations can make replacing a warehouse roof difficult.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing a new roof and a company to construct it for your warehouse.
1. Determine whether it’s time for a new roof.
Because commercial roofs are expensive, it can be tempting to put off getting a roof replacement as long as possible. While this may save money in the short-term, continuing to operate a warehouse with an outdated roof can cause major problems for your business. Leaks can lead to damage to machinery and inventory, and waiting too long for a roof replacement can even compromise the structure of the building. If your roof is beginning to have major problems, that means it’s time to call a roofing professional and look into a replacement.
2. Consider the activity that takes place in the building.
The type of business using the warehouse will influence the type of roof needed for it. A building used for manufacturing may need a roof that can withstand extreme temperatures or support a large amount of rooftop equipment, while a storage warehouse may have less specific needs. Before deciding anything else, choose what type of roof makes the most sense for your building.
3. Think about upgrading.
Many older warehouses may have roofs with outdated technology that is not as durable as what is available today. Roof replacement is the best time to consider upgrading your roof to a more durable material that will last longer than the previous roof. This is also the best time to evaluate the energy efficiency of your roof. A cool roof could help your business save money in electricity, or you may want to generate your own electricity with solar panels.
4. Prepare a maintenance plan.
When replacing a roof, building owners need to think beyond construction. Roof replacement is only the first step in the life of a roof. It will need to be properly maintained and managed in order to last out its full lifespan. When replacing your roof, be sure to consult your roofer about creating a maintenance schedule that will keep your roof in top shape.
If you’re ready to get started, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today! Our team is experienced and ready to help.