What is the best roofing system on the market?
Each of these roof systems has its own distinct advantages. A critical factor to a successful roofing project is using a contractor who is both familiar with and capable of installing each type of roof system, and who can provide you with the right recommendation for your project. Your contractor should evaluate your facility and the particular roofing characteristics of the building to then suggest the system(s) that meet your needs.
What should I look for when selecting a roofing contractor?
A final suggestion in selecting a roofing contractor is to ask for references that have had problems. All roofing contractors have had jobs that have leaked. The difference between the good contractors and the bad contractors is how they service the client after any problems arise. Calling a few clients that have required attention after the initial installation is a good way to measure the contractor’s commitment to his clientele.
What type of warranty should I buy and how do they differ?
No Dollar Limit Warranties are not restricted to the original purchase price and allow for price increases due to inflation and other cost factors.
Non Pro-Rated Warranties hold value throughout the life of the warranty term. This type warranty is not discounted as the roof ages and holds the same value in the first year of the warranted term as it does the last year.
Total System Warranties cover every aspect of the roof system. This varies from material warranty that may only cover replacement materials and not the labor to install the new material.
Single Source Warranties are structured in a way that there is one party responsible for the both workmanship and material of the entire roof system. This covers all aspects of the roof system and the related workmanship required making any needed repairs.
Before investing in a roofing system, take into consideration the reasons why the previous roof has failed, how long the building will be owned, what the current use and potential future use of the building may be, and who they want covering potential future needs. Remember, all roofs leak. The question is will be inside or outside of the warranty period.
How much and what type of roofing insulation should I have installed?
- Insulating properties or R-value (R-value is the measurement of a materials ability to resist heat transfer)
- An acceptable substrate for the waterproofing membrane(s)
- Compressive strength and resistance to roof traffic
- And slope for proper drainage.
The type and the amount of insulation used varies with roofing objectives. There are many types of insulation including fiberboard (non-coated, one side coated, six side coated, and high density), perlite, densdeck, expanded polystyrene, extruded polystyrene, polyisocyanurate, fiberglass, glass foam, and others.