When you have a flat roofing system for your business — a roofing style that's common for some restaurants, warehouses, and food industry buildings — then it's wise to have all roofing issues addressed professionally. Doing so will be an investment, but can save you money as well. Here are a few reasons why all commercial flat roofing installation should be done by a professional only.
A dipping roof means trouble
A flat roof has to be entirely flat or almost convex-sloped in order to be effective against dipping and sloping inward. Why this is essential is simple: any dipping in your commercial roof will lead to water and snow collection since the moisture will pool in these areas.
Where water pools, water eventually leaks and creates weight, which in turn will cause more roof dipping and eventual collapse. If you hire a pro to do your commercial flat roofing installation in the first place — especially if you have a larger roof — then your roof will be level and less likely to dip and cause major concerns later.
A flat roof needs different sealing
Flat roofs are often sealed with tar or a rubber coating, unlike pitched roofs which use metal sheets, panels, or a type of shingle to keep them protected. Sealing a flat roof is not always easy and is best left to the pros. If you live in an area where moisture is a concern, then the roof may need to be sealed periodically anyway, so you need to have your commercial flat roofing installation done professionally so your sealing in the roof can be rechecked seasonally.
A flat roof needs a warranty
Flat roofs should last at least a few decades, and with proper care, they can last even longer. That being said, if you intend to operate out of the same building for many years and it has a flat roof, you need to have the roofing installation done professionally so the roofing and materials associated with it will be under warranty in the event damage occurs. You can't afford to have your business temporarily closed due to roof damage or collapse, which can be nearly entirely prevented when you have this type of work done by people who specialize in commercial flat roofing.
Quotes for flat roofing vary, and the larger the area being covered, the more it may cost. Time, labor, and material are all considered when installing commercial roofs. Pick a budget with your accountant before you start looking for a commercial roofer so you know what you can afford for your roofing installation.Share