If you’re a business owner, protecting your establishment from structural damage is one of your main concerns. One of the most important parts of maintaining your building’s structural integrity is having a sturdy roof. If your roof is past its design life, it would be responsible for you to replace it.
However, re-roofing is no small feat. It can also be quite costly and needs some advanced planning and budgeting. In this article, we give you tips on how to prepare for the eventual roof replacement and what you can expect while re-roofing takes place.
When Do You Need To Re-roof?
There are two main factors that will help you determine how soon you might need to replace your roof. The first is building age, and the second is actual signs of roof aging.
If your building looks way older than most of the other buildings on your street, it would be good to try and find out its exact building date. Slate, copper, and tile roofs can last over 50 years, while other types last between 20-30 years. If your building’s architectural design looks like it was built in the 70s, you should start paying more attention to the roof.
It would be a good idea to conduct a roof inspection or, better yet, get a roof survey done by professionals. Such reports will give you important details on your roof’s condition, and highlight any damages that would need immediate repairs. If your roof shows the following signs of wear and tear, you may want to consider just having it replaced altogether:
1. Discoloration and/or peeling of roof membrane
2. Chipping, cracks, rust, and dents
3. Moss, lichen, and algae growth
4. Sagging areas on your roof
5. Water spots on the ceiling
Budgeting For A Roof Replacement
Getting your roof replaced is a major investment. It’s better to start putting away money for an eventual re-roofing project early on. Even if your roof isn’t showing signs of aging yet, you’d want to have enough money saved to replace it when the time comes.
Early on, it would be a good idea to explore ways you can finance your eventual re-roofing project. Check with your insurance provider if they can reimburse you for such a necessary structural repair.
It’s also good to have an idea of what you’d expect to pay for a roof replacement. You can use online calculators that will give you a generic estimate. Afterward, you could also solicit quotes from local roof experts and contractors. If you have an existing relationship with a contractor, ask them if they could also offer you a better rate.
Know What To Expect During Re-roofing
You should also plan ahead for the logistics of having your roof replaced. Will you need to suspend normal business operations? If so, for how long? Do you need to be onsite to give roofers access to certain parts of the building?
Your contractor should be able to advise you on such details. Make sure to consult with them in advance so that you’re not caught unawares. If you need to close shop temporarily, you also need to inform your customers and staff early on. Knowing for how long your business needs to remain closed will also help you prepare for the temporary downturn in sales and income.
If you need help with your roofing project or repairs, our team at Gulf Tex Roofing and Services will be happy to assist. Get in touch with us today!