WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR IN A FLAT ROOF?
When you’re looking to install a new flat roof on your building, how to you know which system is the best for your specific situation? It’s pretty obvious that there’s no “miracle” roof that is right in every situation, so how can you choose the best roof for you? Well, the best way is to evaluate all of your options based on which features are important to you, and to do so through the lens of your specific situation (how much you have budgeted, how long the roof needs to last, how long the construction can last, etc.). Let’s look at some different features you should evaluate all options by.
The first thing you should check when searching for a new roof is whether or not a prospective roof is reliable. Does it come with a good warranty? Does it have a history of leaking or failing too soon? These are great things to check on whether or not a flat roof will last.
This is a pretty simple one: Has the roof system you’re considering been around long enough to prove itself? Don’t buy a roofing system that has never been installed on a flat roof before, because who knows what will happen?
Can you afford the flat roof installation and expected maintenance costs? If you have a limited budget, this will eliminate some of the higher-cost, higher-performing roof options immediately out of the gate.
Is you building located in an area that is prone to severe weather? Do you walk on your roof a lot? Are you located close to or exposed to harsh chemicals? Each of these can wear your roof down faster and that means you’ll need a more durable roof to survive the pressure.
Are you looking for a roof that is a “set it and forget it” system, or are you OK with one that requires some maintenance and some TLC? If you want a roof that is less expensive, you may sacrifice on performance. Your roof may be more prone to leaks or may not insulate your building as well, but you will have saved money up front.
Are you planning to sell the building in 3 years or stay in it for the rest of your company’s life? Do you have many different plants that all need to stay up and running for a long time? Different roofing systems have different expected lifespans, from 5 to 100 years, so how long you need the roof matters.
There is no roof system that is right in every situation, so it’s important to evaluate all of these alternatives based on what your needs are and how your building performs. Give us a call if you’d like help finding the best roofing solution for your building.