Your commercial roof is your most important line of defense for protecting your business. If your roof is damaged, it can lead to risks to your staff, the destruction of your equipment and inventories, and lead productivity to halt. With so much at stake, it’s important that when it comes to repairing or replacing your roof, that you avoid some of the most common and costly mistakes. Here are some of the most common mistakes we’ve seen commercial property owners make with their roofs.
1. Using Improper Materials
There are several different types of commercial roofing materials including TPO, metal, asphalt, EPDM, and more niche options like green roofing. Each roofing material has different pros and cons and many are designed for very specific purposes. Some roofing fairs better in cold climates with lots of snow, while other roofing materials are better for warmer climates with heavy winds and rainstorms. Before installing your roof, it’s a good idea to work with a professional roofing company to identify which roofing material makes the most sense for your business. They’ll be able to review each material so you can make an informed choice.
2. Unsafe Installation Practices
Commercial roofing is a very complex and highly regulated industry. Roofers are also highly trained and have a lot of niche skills to ensure that roofs are installed safely using installation best practices. Improper roofing installation is very dangerous. This is why no matter how skilled you are at construction, you should always leave your roof installation and repair to the experts. Improper use of roofing nails, incorrect shingle overhang, improperly laying the underlayment, and using the wrong flashing are just some of the things that can go wrong. Further, if a roof is improperly installed, these small things can cost you a lot of money down the line in repairs, property damage, and can even put your staff and visitor’s health at risk.
3. DIY Leak Repairs:
Leaks are always more complicated than they initially seem. Usually, by the time you notice a leak, the water has already done significant damage. Roof repairs are not just simple patch jobs. They are a full investigation into the cause of the issue and what damage has been caused that you can’t see. Then comes the repair that requires specialized knowledge and tools. DIY is great for things like painting your office, but when it comes to roof repairs, it should always be left to the professionals.
These mistakes can be avoided by working with a professional, certified roofing company. At Gulf Tex Roofing and Services, our team has the experience and knowledge to help you select the best roofing material. We’ll professionally install your roof with a quality guarantee. If you ever have problems, we’ve also got your covered. We offer affordable service and maintenance packages that will keep your roof in great shape. We’ll can also just come out if you need a repair. Give us a call anytime and we’ll help ensure you avoid these three common commercial roofing mistakes.