DO I NEED A NEW ROOF?
We at Great Lakes Systems, Inc. are asked this question frequently. The answer is that it depends. Most of the time if you are having roof leaks, the roof can be repaired and not replaced.
Why? In this day and age roofing products are better than ever. Roof leaks (or damage to the roof) are typically caused by storms, roof traffic from personnel that are repairing or maintaining heating and air conditioning systems on the roof or just general wear and tear. That frequently is the case. Here are some steps you can follow to help you determine if you need a new roof or if it can be repaired:
1. What are you spending annually for roof repairs? Is it increasing each year? This can be an indicator of the shape of the roof. If this is the case, we suggest you get a thorough roof inspection with a condition report and photos for you records.
This will typically cost $300-$500 depending on the roof size. As I mentioned before most roofs we see do not need re-roofing but maintenance can be done to extend the life of the roof for many more years.
2. An important question you should ask about your roof is if there is damage to the building structure or building contents. This can result in a very expensive repairs. The sooner the problem with the roof is repaired, the less it will cost in the long run. Many times clients have called to say they need a new roof only to find out their roofing deck also needs replacing. This of course is an added cost and is time consuming and disruptive to your business while it is being repaired. If your experiencing these issues we recommend that you set up an inspection and get a full report and act on it before the problems start affecting the structure of the building.
3. If the inspection indicates replacement over repair you will then need to determine what your needs are. We have put together key questions that you should ask.This is an excellent guide to determining you needs along with a list of questions that should be asked of your potential roofing contractor.
4. How do you select a contractor? One of the best ways is via word of mouth. Check with business associates and or friends and ask for recommendations. Also check the websites for top roofing manufacturers and licensed contractors.
These are the premiere material manufacturers with their list of only qualified contractors. Once you look over the list we suggest you look at each of their websites and look for completed projects. This will help you narrow down the list to 2-3 roofers. The next step is to contact them for a proposal. Interview them and go through the "Key Questions You Should Ask Before You Buy Your New Roof."
Decide the specifics of what you are looking for including insulation, membrane type and type of system (adhered, ballasted, mechanically fastened) so you can compare apples to apples. Have the contractor price all types of new roofs in the same base bid.
5. Once the roof is complete ask to accompany the roof inspector when he walks the roof. You will then get an opportunity to ask questions and verify the quality of the installation.
We have covered a lot of ground with this information. If you have any questions about the process or need more information please feel to contact us by clicking on the link below.