With the arrival of COVID-19, shelter-in-place guidance is more critical than ever before. Even for commercial spaces, it’s essential to maintain the condition of a building, and that includes the roof. The roof is one of the first lines of defense against the elements, protecting you and your establishment from wind, rain, and temperature changes.
But a roof only does that if it is properly taken care of. Every roof, whether it’s commercial or residential, has a fixed lifespan. There will come a time when you may need a roof repair or even a replacement. When that happens, what should you expect? Here are a few of the things you should keep in mind if you’re looking to have work done on your roof.
For some, this may be a deal-breaker, but it’s unavoidable. Even if the work being done on your roof allows you to continue operating during regular business hours, you may not want to do so if you, your employees, or your customers have a low tolerance for noise. Simply put, there is no quiet way to repair, maintain, or replace a roof. Everything from the sound of power tools to hammering and drilling noises may be a part of the process.
If you feel you can tolerate this, go ahead and keep your establishment open. However, if you don’t think you’ll be able to work under noisy conditions, close your store on the days when work will be done.
Look Into Material Disposal
In the best-case scenario, this is a matter you won’t have to inquire about, but sometimes, not bringing it up can lead to huge problems. A quality roofing service provider will already have protocols in place for handling this issue. Still, on rare occasions, that isn’t the case.
When roof work is done, as with any construction job, it often involves removing existing materials and replacing them with new products. A good roofer will include material disposal in your estimate, bringing along a dumpster or some other container in which to deposit old materials and move them away from your property once the job is done.
Some less scrupulous roofers, however, will not do that, leaving the materials for you to deal with unless you are willing to pay extra fees that weren’t part of the original estimate. If you don’t want to be caught off guard by additional expenses, ask about material disposal ahead of time.
Trust But Verify
No matter how reputable a roofing contractor is, you should always go over the contract one more time before signing it. Even if it is only to find a typo or some other clerical error like a wrong address, verify that everything is as it should be. In the worst-case scenarios, if you are dealing with a dishonest roofer, you may discover conditions about the job you weren’t aware of in the contract.
Contact Gulf-Tex Roofing & Services if you’re looking for a reputable roofer, and allow us to handle your commercial roofing needs today.