Replacing the roof on a multifamily building is a major undertaking that most owners and managers dread. If your roof has reached the end of its useful lifespan, though, and repairing it isn’t an option, replacing it is a necessity to protect the building and its occupants from the elements. Even if you’ve planned ahead and budgeted for the expense of a flat roof replacement, you still have the responsibility of organizing the project and minimizing any inconvenience to your residents. Following these simple steps can help make your roofing project pain-free.
Choose the Right Contractor
Look for a roofing contractor with a good reputation in the Marietta area, and considerable experience with flat roof replacements on multifamily properties. The roofer you hire should provide a workmanship warranty, fully explain the installation process and project time frame, and work with you to help limit disruptions, safety concerns and mess. When you’re vetting roofers, be sure to ask for references and contact each one to inquire if the company completed the job on time and budget and to the customer’s satisfaction. You should also ask for written verification of a company’s workers’ compensation and liability insurance coverage, so you’re protected if a mishap occurs.
Decide on a Roofing Material
There are several different material choices for flat roof systems, including built-up roofing (BUR), modified bitumen, single-ply EPDM (rubber), spray-on silicon, and PVC membrane. Each type of roofing has its pros and cons, but the most popular and cost-effective choice today is PVC, which consists of a single layer of tough, energy-efficient thermoplastic material. Depending on the manufacturer, your PVC roof can even be customized to the installer’s specifications right at the factory, so most of the seams are sealed and the accessories prefabricated under controlled conditions. This not only improves the aesthetic and reduces the risk of leaks, but it also makes installation faster and less disruptive.
Develop a Flat Roof Maintenance Strategy
Once the new roof is installed, you need to protect your investment by implementing a maintenance plan with your contractor that includes routine inspections twice a year and after any major weather event. With this proactive approach, your roofing professional can find and fix minor repair or maintenance issues before they cause costly damage or deterioration that shortens the new roof’s expected lifespan.
For expert help making your flat roof replacement project pain free, contact us at Pro Roofing & Siding.