The unfortunate reality is that most building owners do not factor in flat roof repairs and maintenance until it’s too late, and there comes a time when building managers find maintenance and repairs cannot solve the problem and a full roof replacement is necessary.
There are many types of roofs out there, and each one presents unique challenges. Regardless, there are some general considerations property stakeholders should have to avoid a crisis. The following article outlines what you should know before and during the flat roofing replacement process.
Preparation: Knowing What You Want
If you see the property you own as an investment, then flat roof replacement must be approached as an integral part of that investment and making the right decision can save or cost you thousands.
One of the more important decisions you will make is what kind of materials to use for your roof. The choices available to you range in cost, maintenance requirements, lifespan, and environmental friendliness. At Crown Industrial Roofing, we offer metal, asphalt, and multi-ply (asphalt based) roofing options. For more details, check our services here.
The second area of the roofing system that requires special attention is the roof edges. This is because the highest wind pressures are at the perimeter and corners of the roof. If there is an issue here, catastrophic failure could result as the roof begins to peel; when one section of the roof fails because of wind, the rest of the roof becomes susceptible. Stronger materials obviously will help prevent this problem, and this should be kept in mind depending on the severity of the wind in your area.
Thirdly, think about the roofers themselves. Look for a roofer that has experience with flat roofs and can explain in detail all the options available with a focus on businesses in your approximate geographic area. Staying local increases the chances that your contractor knows the unique requirements of installing and maintaining flat roofs in regards to weather, materials, and seasonal timing.
Scheduling: How To Get What You Want
The busiest time of the year for most roofing companies is late summer through the fall months. Sometimes, it gets so busy that many property owners will have to wait up to a month, and that’s if they can even find one in time. Keeping your roof dry is our main concern. We do not want any sprinkle or rain shower to get into your home. This can prove difficult here in Ontario, as the weather is so unpredictable.
If your roof needs replacing, it’s a mistake to try to get it through another winter and tackle the project come spring. Even if the problems are relatively minor, like a few small holes or minor leaks here and there, winter can magnify them to a whole new level and result in a flat roofing emergency. A major snowfall can create nightmares for building owners with faulty roofs, since the added weight of the snow can cause further structural problems and trigger leaks and other moisture-related problems.
So remember: don’t leave roof replacement until it’s too late. Keep the seasons and peak times in mind, especially if your roof is particularly large with machinery and electrical equipment upon it.
Crown Industrial Roofing Emergency Services
If you find that you need to explore a total flat roof replacement, pick up the phone and call Crown Industrial Roofing immediately. Our team of experienced commercial roofers and industrial roofers will assess the situation, provide expert flat roof leak detection, and find the best time to schedule a replacement. For more information, contact Crown Industrial Roofing by phone at: 416-744-7788.