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FREQUENTLY
ASKED QUESTIONS

SYSTEMS • SERVICE • RE-ROOFING • MAINTENANCE

 

With over 20 years of experience and 100,000,000 sqft installed, our experts have fielded a wide array of questions from customers. From inspections and maintenance to roof replacement costs and warranties. You might have some of the same questions, so we answered a few of the most common. 

How much will a flat roof replacement cost?

Understandably, this is perhaps the most common concern. The cost to replace a flat roof, or any commercial roof, will vary depending on several key factors. The size of the roof, roof slope, the roofing system and materials used, inspections, and permits all contribute to this cost. Our team provides a thorough estimate to all our clients so you know exactly what to expect and can make the right decision for your needs. 

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How long do commercial roofs last?

Depending on the material chosen, commercial roof life can typically fall between 20 - 30 years, and up to 50 years with durable metal roofing. Many elements can affect longevity, key factors being the quality of installation and the climate, however, the most important factor will always be proper maintenance. 

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How will I know when it's time to replace my flat roof?

If your commercial roof is 20 or more years old, and you've been forgoing regular inspections and maintenance, there may be signs you should replace it soon. 

  • Low areas and water pooling on the roof can be a sign that your roof’s insulation is compressed or other issues below the surface. 

  • Bubbling, also known as roof blistering, is a common problem with membrane roofs such as built-up roofing, TPO, PVC, and EPDM.

  • Damage that has gone unrepaired. Storm damage, missing flashing, tears or holes in the membrane leaving it vulnerable to further damage. 

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Do I need to replace my entire roof?

The benefit of replacing everything at once is that you get a single warranty for the entirety of the new roof system. Also, replacing the entire roof is oftentimes more cost-effective than replacing it in sections.

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Can I re-roof or retro-fit over my existing roof?

If your building has a single roof and your roof is in good condition, you have the option to re-roof the existing roof rather than tear it off and install a new one. A commercial roof with shingles, metal, or a protective industrial membrane can be gone over with a second layer of the material directly on top of the existing roof. This option has substantial cost savings in regard to labor and disposal fees.

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Why do I need my roof inspected? What about preventative maintenance contracts? 

Inspections and just one small part of maintaining the value of your roof. They should be conducted twice yearly as part of a preventative maintenance plan. Without the knowledge of an inspection, underlying issues can cause serious damage. A proactive approach to cleaning, reinforcing, and repairing ensure you get the most out of your investment.

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What are the different types of commercial roofing systems available? 

Customers often want to know about the various options like built-up roofing (BUR), modified bitumen, single-ply membranes (such as TPO, PVC, or EPDM), metal roofing, and green roofing. Our team can help you choose what option is best for you. We have valuable experience with all these systems including newer options, like green roofing, which has many economic and practical benefits. Contact our team today to learn more.

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Which roofing material is best suited for our specific building and climate? 

Understanding the performance of different roofing materials in varying weather conditions is crucial for durability and longevity. Many factors can contribute to what system you choose such as climate, rainwater runoff, heating and cooling expenses, and use. Making the right choice is critical in getting the most out of your investment. Our experience and expertise can help guide you to that right decision. 

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