Five Signs It’s Time To Call A Professional Roofer For Help

Commercial roofs are designed to last for decades, but there is no guarantee that any roof will live up to its full expectations. Anything can happen at any time, but most roofs will show signs of “wear and tear” long before they reach critical failure. Here are five signs that your roof is telling you to call in an expert commercial roofer for help.

Tears, Cracks, Blisters or Other Blemishes On The Membrane

 

Tears and holes in the roof membrane are obvious signs that the roof is in need of repair, however, blistering and other blemishes can be a sign that moisture is trapped within or beneath the membrane. That trapped water will eventually cause bigger problems if it is not dealt with quickly.

 

The Flashing Is Failing

 

Flashings are the materials that connect the roof membrane to adjacent walls, curbs, penetrations and other building components. Damage or tears in the flashing should be identified, repaired or replaced immediately, because water will enter the system through these defects. Sheet metal components that are embedded in the roof often have joints that can be sources of water entry into the roof system. These should be checked regularly.

 

The Insulation Has Gone Soft

 

When walking on the roof, it should feel sturdy and that feeling should be consistent at every step. If any portion of the roof feels “mushy”, it is a signal that the insulation has gotten wet. Waterlogged insulation indicates serious trouble and it leads to major issues in a roofing system. This situation can ultimately compromise the integrity of the roof deck if it is detected too late. Soft spots should be examined by a professional as soon as they are identified. Note that wet insulation might indicate problems with things other than the roof itself. For example, interior moisture can migrate into the roof insulation if a vapor retarder is not used when needed, or is damaged.

 

Water Stains On Inside Walls

 

Not all roof leaks lead to water dripping through a ceiling and splashing on the floor. Water can also seep through the building and make its way into internal walls and ceilings. If you notice water stains on ceilings or around doors, or if you see rust on metal in an exposed deck, it’s a good indication that there is a problem on the roof that needs attention.

 

It’s Raining Indoors

 

The most obvious sign that you need to call a commercial roofer is leaks. When water is dripping onto internal floors of the building, you’ve got a serious problem somewhere in the system, Leaks do not get better on their own – they only get worse.

Nobody likes thinking about repairing or replacing a roof, but your system will tell you when it needs a little bit of TLC. If you see any of these obvious and not-so-obvious signs of damage and decay, it’s time to call an expert for help.

The 4 Questions You Must Ask Before You Hire A Roofing Contractor

A new roof is one of the biggest single-item capital expenditures for any commercial building owner. A new roof can cost anywhere from few dollars per square foot to a few hundred dollars per square foot. It is imperative that any roofer who steps onto the roof is experienced, trusted and will provide the best value for the investment. Hiring a roofing contractor should never be a leap of blind faith. To properly vet a potential contractor, these are the questions that should be answered before a final decision is made:

How Much Experience Do You Have?

Experience matters when it comes to commercial roofing. The number of years that a contractor has been in the business is a good indicator of their quality of work. New companies may come to the table with a breadth of previous experience, but it can take years to become financially solvent and to develop processes that ensure true customer satisfaction. If a company installs a roof and goes out of business the next year, warranties and maintenance contracts are put in jeopardy. Always choose a roofer that has at least a decade of proven work experience under their belt, and be sure they have operated under the same business name during that time.

It is also important to choose a roofer with experience working on buildings similar to your own. A company that mainly works with single-story, suburban retail buildings, for example, would not be the best choice to work on a high-rise with tenant access. Study the roofer’s portfolio to compare their past projects with your own.

What Is The Timeline?

A roofing company that is booked for the next 12 months is of little use if your roof is failing today. Before selecting a bid, be sure to address the contractor’s capacity to handle the work. Ask questions like:

  • When can the project start?
  • Will you have access to all of the extra equipment needed for the work?
  • How long will the job take?
  • Do you currently have enough people on staff to get the job done in the allotted time?

A bottom-line bid is not always an indication of capacity to do the work. Be sure to ask these questions to ensure your project can start and end in a timely manner.

What Is Your Safety Rating?

Safety should be just as much of a priority when choosing a roofer as budget. There cannot be enough said about keeping the workers on the roof safe from hazards and keeping the tenants and general public safe, as well.

Ask direct questions about a roofer’s safety record. They should have this data on file, and should be willing and able to present it as part of their bid presentation. The way in which a roofing contractor manages safety can be a strong indicator of how the entire project will be managed.

How Can You Ensure Quality?

Quality can and should be the deciding factor when you have several bids that come in at the same price, and the experience and safety record of the contractors all seem equal.

Quality can be determined by studying a potential contractor’s portfolio and asking for references. Most reputable firms should be able to provide references for similar projects. If given the opportunity to connect directly with those references, ask about their satisfaction levels with:

  • The communication process with the contractor before, during and after construction.
  • The quality of materials.
  • The workmanship of the finished product.
  • The work ethic of the team.
  • Safety precautions during construction.
  • Maintenance contracts, warranties, etc.
  • Current roof performance.

A roofing project that is rife with issues can draw out the length of construction, can lead to unforeseen added expenses and a host of other issues down the line. While the price of the roof is important, the quality of the roof and the value proposition of the contractor should be given significant weight.

Commercial roofing projects can easily fall into the $100,000-plus range. When spending that kind of money, building owners and property managers must perform their due diligence. Take the time to ask questions to a roofer before hiring them. A proper vetting process is the best way to ensure satisfaction with the end result.

The 6 Things A General Contractor Must Look For In A Commercial Roofing Contractor

During any job, general contractors (GCs) have made a commitment to the building owner or developer to complete the work according to specifications, on time and within budget. One of the challenges they may face in delivering on that commitment would be a failure-to-perform issue with one or more of the subcontractors hired to complete specific aspects of the job. If a subcontractor stops work for any reason, the project is threatened and the GC may face serious repercussions. A general contractor, therefore, should work with a proven, reliable commercial roofing contractor who has a history of doing quality work quickly and correctly the first time. Here are six criteria GCs should look for when hiring subcontractors.

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A Designer’s Essential Guide To Choosing A Reliable Commercial Roofing Contractor

Working with a new contractor on a roofing project can be a headache if you don’t choose your partners wisely. Designers have a lot to consider when trusting someone to turn their plans into a reality within their desired timeline and budget. Choosing the wrong roofer can lead to a drawn-out process that takes longer than you hoped and has you spending more than you agreed to. Or worse, choosing the wrong contractor often means ending up with a roofer that cannot execute your plans, resulting in a shoddy finished product. Here are 9 signs to look for to help you identify a reliable roofing contractor who will live up to your expectations.

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