A Look At The Business Roofing Installation Process

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A Look At The Business Roofing Installation Process

27 December 2022
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If your business building needs a new roof, there are a couple of important initial considerations. One is the type of roof you have. Commercial buildings often have flat roofs, but a professional building might have a sloped roof. The type of roof you have determines the type of roofing materials to choose from.

The other consideration is the type of business you have. If your building is for professional offices, you might want a luxury roofing material. You can talk to a roofer and let them know your goals for the new roof and they can help you select the roofing. Here's an overview of the business roofing installation process.

Prepare For The Project

Getting ready for your roofing installation involves getting a quote for the work and obtaining a permit. The roofer will also measure your roof so they can order supplies. You may need to schedule the work for a certain time of the year if the roofing you choose can't be installed in cold weather.

Preparations also include planning the project so your employees, tenants, and clients are not overly disturbed while the work is going on. Your roofer also wants to check the old roof thoroughly for water damage, and that might include an infrared scan or taking core samples of the roof, depending on the type of roof you have. The water-damage inspection lets you know if the new roof can be layered over the old roofing or not.

Remove Old Roofing If Applicable

Once the new roofing materials have arrived, the roofer can begin work. If the old roof has to come off, the roofer will remove it and throw the materials in a dumpster to be removed from your property.

This includes stripping off all the roofing materials down to the deck and removing the deck portions that have water damage. When it's time to install the new roof, the roofer starts by replacing the missing deck parts and then builds up the new roof.

Install The New Roofing

The exact steps for your business roofing installation depend on the type of roofing you choose to install. The roofer may need to install the roofing material, underlayment, insulation boards, cover boards, and flashing.

Generally, the surface of your roof should be clean, dry, and smooth before the roofing membrane, tiles, or shingles are added. That's why cover boards are often used. Insulation boards are used for membrane roofing that's thin and provides poor insulation. Shingle and tile roofs use underlayment to help keep the deck dry.

To learn more, reach out to a local service, such as JM General Contractor LLC.

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Nothing is more frustrating than deciding on a construction project, only to be bombarded by a long list of problems during the construction phase. Unfortunately, if you work with the wrong person, you might become pretty familiar with issues. About five years ago, I hired one of my neighbors to renovate my bathroom. Although the mere idea sounds ridiculous now, at the time it seemed like a natural solution to a real problem. Unfortunately, as soon as he got started, I knew that he didn't know what he was doing. This blog is all about communicating effectively with your general contractor—before he or she starts work.