Manage Your Property Better: A Starter Guide to Commercial Roofing – Part 2: The Installation Process

Getting a roof is a significant investment so it’s important to ensure that you’re getting exactly what you’re due, and a part of that involves understanding how the installation process is carried out. You don’t necessarily have to be around when the actual installation happens but knowing what it entails may help give you peace of mind.

What to Expect

Exact installation processes may differ depending on your roof’s design and the roofing material that will be used. Generally, however, you will experience roof deck preparation. Prepping your roof for an installation is crucial because it ensures that everything is done right starting at the beginning. The kind of preparation to be made will depend on the current state of your roof. For roofs generally in good condition and would allow roofing over, simply cleaning the area may suffice. If you have existing damage, preparations will involve removing your old roof first and replacing underlayment (if needed) on top of the usual cleaning before a new roof could be installed. If you’re opting for heavier roofing material than what your property previously had, then reinforcing or adding structural supports may be in order.

An Important Reminder

If you have tenants currently occupying your property, don’t forget to inform them of the roof work you will be doing. It is likely they will be unaffected by the process (unlike in the case of a residential installation) but there will still be some noise and that may affect their activities for some days. Make sure you inform your tenants in advance too to give them ample time to prepare for contingencies come installation day. Be very clear as to how long the installation will last. Make sure that your contractor adheres to the agreed-upon schedule as well because disruptions cost business so you wouldn’t want to drag the installation out.

Given the role that a contractor will play in installing your commercial roof, it is important that you find the right one. Head on over to Part 3 to learn more!