A lot of careful planning goes into commercial roofing construction. You'll need to meet with your chosen commercial roofer to discuss how the work will proceed, especially if you have a business that will be open to the public while the work is going on. Here are some things you may need to think about with your commercial roofing construction project.
1. If You'll Cover Up The Old Roof
A major decision you need to make is if you'll cover the old roof with a new one. This may or may not be an option depending on the condition of your old roof. If you already have multiple layers of roofing, then you may need to remove it all and start over from the insulation boards or deck.
If your old roof has too much moisture damage, it may need to be removed rather than covered up. Doing a moisture survey is an important first step in commercial roofing construction as this lets the roofer know if the old roof, or part of it, has to come off.
If there is very little moisture damage, then it may be possible to put the new roof on top of the old one. An advantage of this is that the work goes faster and is less disruptive and noisy. Plus, you'll save some money if the old roof can stay in place.
2. If It's Possible To Work During Off-Hours
If your building is closed on weekends, you might arrange to have your new roof put on then. If your building is open 24-hours a day and seven days a week, then the roofer needs to come up with a plan for installing your new roof with the least amount of bother to your customers, clients, and employees.
This could mean the job takes longer to complete, but it's worth it not to bother your clients. The roofer needs to consider how materials will be moved to the roof, how discarded trash will be removed, and how overspray will be managed if you're getting a foam roof. The roofer ensures people and property will be safe and protected while the work is going on.
3. If You'll Change Anything About Your Roofing
Commercial roofing construction takes different forms depending on the roofing materials. Consider how well your old roof performed when deciding if you want the same roofing materials or if you think something different would be better. Your commercial roofer can help you decide on the best roofing, considering how important appearance is and the environment your roof faces every day.
Even if you choose a new membrane roof, you can decide on the type of installation you want. You might want to change from adhesive to rocks for holding the roofing down to give the roof a more pleasant appearance and to protect the membrane from sun damage.
Contact a roofer to learn more about commercial roofing construction.