The roof of a commercial building is a critical component, but it represents a sizable investment. If you need a new roof, an understanding of the actual costs involved can help you make the best decision for your particular building.
Many property managers and owners consider the installation cost to be of primary importance. However, the installation cost is only part of the equation. You must also consider what the roof will cost over its entire life. For example, the costs to install a premium white membrane roof and a premium black roof with a granular surface are almost identical for a building having a roof space of 10,000 square feet. However, over the next 20 years, it will cost more than twice as much to maintain the black roof; estimated maintenance costs are approximately $46,600 for the white roof and $115,200 for the black roof.
Maintenance costs may be the primary influence on the lifetime cost of the roof, but other factors should also be considered. For example, the white roof may reduce your energy bill for cooling the building. For the scenario stated in the preceding paragraph, the total energy savings over a 20-year period could be as much as $12,000. There may also be rebates available for specific roofing systems.
What Other Factors May Affect the Choice of a Commercial Roofing System?
The intended use of the building and its location should also be considered when choosing a commercial roofing system. If the building will be used for processing chemicals or food items, for example, the roof may suffer damage that shortens its life or demands additional maintenance. If the building is located in the vicinity of an airport, jet fuel may take a heavy toll on your roof’s health. Hiring a licensed roofing contractor who is knowledgeable about your location as well as the strengths and weaknesses of all types of commercial roofing is your best defense against installing the wrong roof.
What Are Some Typical Maintenance Procedures for Commercial Roofs?
The necessary maintenance will depend on the type of roofing system installed, the building’s use and environmental factors. However, all commercial roofs should be inspected twice annually, and if an incident of severe weather occurs, it would be wise to have the roof inspected immediately after the event. White roofs should be cleaned at least every three years to ensure maximum reflectivity. Damaged membranes, loose seams or drainage problems should be addressed promptly.
Should the Cost of Replacing the Roof in the Future Be Considered?
Since you will eventually need to replace the roof, it is a good idea to consider future costs. Future costs may include the fees for disposing of the old materials, or they may represent the difference in price between a major renovation and a total roof replacement.
Does Alpha Roofing Handle Commercial Roofs?
Alpha Roofing offers a number of roofing services for commercial clients in Austin, TX. Services included are the installation of modified bitumen roofing systems, asphalt shingles, and metal roofs. We offer roof repairs, siding installation, skylights and roof inspections. Our employees are highly skilled and well-trained individuals who possess a commitment to quality craftsmanship. If you would like a free quote on your commercial roofing needs, complete the online form or call 512-777-1086.