The average commercial flat roof only has a life expectancy of 20-25 years. This means that as a Dallas business owner, Dallas business owners can expect to replace the roofs of their buildings once or twice before retirement. This can be a frustrating and time-consuming process, but one you will have to soldier through if you own instead of lease. While hiring a roofing contractor will be a necessity, there are some things you should consider and questions to ask before signing a commercial roofing contract.
Flat Roof Materials
There are different flat roof materials that a roofing contractor can use. Ultimately, you’ll need to determine what you’re hoping to achieve whether that’s creating a walkable, hangout area or saving money on your energy bill. Different materials serve different purposes and you’ll need to find a knowledgeable Dallas roofing contractor to help you determine which material is right for you. If you like the roofing material you already have, let them know that too.
Flat Roof Coating
There are numerous flat roof coating options available, but silicone is quickly becoming the industry standard. That’s because silicone is sustainable, prevents leaks, and has a pleasant appearance. Talk to your roofing contractor about a silicone roof coating, or if they prefer another sealant, ask them to explain why. This is the time to ask questions and make sure your roofing contractor will only use the best roofing materials.
Flat Roof Drainage System
This is one of the most important things you need to discuss with your roofing contractor. If your flat roof doesn’t have a sufficient drainage system, the excess water after rainfall could cause serious damage to the structure of your building. Unlike traditional roofs, the water won’t naturally drain into the downspouts. Instead, you’ll need to install a gutter specifically designed to remove moisture and debris from your roof to avoid structural damage. Your roofing contractor should be able to calculate the number of drains you’ll need and inform you about areas of your roof that will be particularly susceptible to damage.
Contractor Documentation Practices
If you require a flat roof repair, you’ll need sufficient documentation to make get a claim payout. Make sure that your roofing contractor can work with your insurance and aware of the steps that should be taken to ensure the endeavor is covered.