Every roof, no matter how well maintained, reaches a point where it will need to be replaced. For building owners and facility managers, knowing when and how to start a roof replacement project isn’t always straightforward.
Here at Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, we’ve put together a guide on the commercial roof replacement process. We’ll help you determine when to replace your commercial roof, how to set a budget and research contractors, and how to kick off your roof replacement. While taking on a roof construction project can feel overwhelming, it can be as easy as taking four simple steps:
1. Determine if your commercial roof needs replacement.
How do you know if your building’s roof needs a replacement? The age of the building is your first clue to determining if it’s time to replace the roof. Each type of roofing has a different expected lifespan, usually between 15 and 25 years. Building owners should track their roof’s age and condition in order to plan for a roof replacement project. If your roof is over twelve years old, it’s time to start considering your options. After you’ve crossed the 15-year mark, or if you’ve sustained major damage, you should begin actively researching contractors to have your building evaluated. While you’re planning for a roof replacement, pay extra attention to the function and aesthetics of your building’s roof. Remember: even if your roof is relatively new, water damage or unexpected storms can accelerate your need for a roof replacement.
2. Begin planning for your commercial roof replacement.
Planning for a commercial roof replacement begins long before it’s time to take action. Commercial roofs can require a substantial investment, and building owners need to plan their budgets ahead of time. When you’re saving for a new roof, see if a contractor can provide information on what roofing materials would be best for your building. When you’re preparing for a roof replacement, it’s also a good time to consider architectural features or energy efficiency upgrades you’d like to include along with your new roof. Planning these elements ahead of time will help you determine an accurate estimate for your roof replacement.
3. Interview and settle on a roofing contractor.
Before choosing a contractor for a roof replacement project, building owners should discuss the project with top-rated roofing companies in the area. When selecting companies to provide a proposal, it’s important to only pick contractors who are licensed and insured, have a strong reputation, and can offer past client recommendations. While it can be tempting to simply choose the lowest-priced bid, building owners should consider the quality scope of work, schedule, and integrity of the company. A higher-quality roof will last longer and require fewer repairs, saving you and your building more money over time.
4. Kick off your roof replacement project.
Once you’ve contracted a roofer, it’s time to get the project underway. Commercial roofers will be able to work with businesses to ensure that there’s as little disruption as possible when scheduling.
If this guide has helped and you’re ready to get started with your roof replacement project, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal today to schedule a consultation.