A building’s roof is its first line of defense against the elements. Consequently, if you’re a building owner or manager, taking good care of your roof must be a top priority. Let’s take a look at some common myths regarding commercial roofs and set the record straight!
Myth #1: Roofing inspections and preventative maintenance are optional
Busted! Between rainstorms, hail, tree branches, sun, snow and ice, roofs take a year-round beating, and no roof is built to last forever. To get the best performance out of your roof and at the lowest cost, invest in a biannual inspection and make sure your trusted roofer tackles any maintenance issues. Repairing damage and leaks as they occur will pay dividends in the long run.
Myth #2: It’s ok to put new shingles on top of old shingles
Busted! Doing a layover on your commercial roof may save money upfront, but will cost you down the road. Regardless of roofing materials chosen, roofing materials perform best when installed on top of a flat, impermeable surface. Make sure your roofer removes old shingles and roofing materials and repairs any damage prior to installing your new roof.
Myth #3: Replacing my commercial roof will inconvenience my building’s tenants
Busted! Experienced commercial roofers know how to replace a roof efficiently and with little or no disruption to the building’s tenants. Speak with your roofer about their safety plan and comprehensive strategy so you can proceed with ease…and put tenants’ minds at ease! Not sure if you need a new roof? Here are some easy ways you can tell!
Myth #4: All commercial roofs are basically the same.
Busted! There are a variety of commercial roofing assemblies and while most are flat, each one requires a special set of skills and experience to properly repair or replace.
Myth #5: Flat roofs leak
Busted! While all roofs have the potential to leak, flat roofs are at no greater risk. In fact, flat roofs are not completely flat but typically built with 1” of rise for 1’ of run.
When it comes to repairing or installing a commercial roof on your building, hire a trusted roofing contractor. We’re already booking for summer! If you’d like to learn more about how Prime Home Improvement can help you maintain the integrity of your roof or install a new roof on your commercial building, schedule an appointment with us here!