In addition to improving your property’s curb appeal, your roof protects it from the elements. Commercial roofs take a lot of punishment every day. Weather conditions and wear & tear can damage your commercial roof over time.
A damaged roof can leak which can cause water damage, create slip hazards and, form the perfect environment for mold growth. Mold can cause trouble concentrating, affecting employee productivity.
The sooner you address roof damage, the better. Depending on the size of the building, repairing a commercial roof can be a huge undertaking. It’s important that you follow these steps to prepare in advance for a commercial roof repair.
Check Local Building Codes
Find out if you need to obtain permits for roof repair. To get a permit, you will have to fill out a form and specify the details of the repair work to be performed. If you plan to replace a few shingles or tiles, you may not need to get a permit. Educate yourself on laws that include special provisions. Call the local regulating body’s office to check if you need to follow any roof repair regulations.
Choose a Contractor
There are several ways to find a contractor who deserves your trust. Talk to a commercial building owner who has wrapped up a commercial roofing project in Marin County recently. Ask them about their experience working with their contractor, whether the project was completed on time and within the budget and if they’d consider the contractor for future projects.
Visit third-party independent review sites to check customer reviews. Visit the website of the contractor you are considering. Check out their portfolios to determine if they’re the right fit. Once you have shortlisted candidates, call their offices to schedule meetings. During a meetup with a contractor, ask them relevant questions to gauge their expertise.
Request For a Roof Inspection
After choosing a contractor, ask them to perform a roof inspection. During a roof inspection, contractors look for signs of water damage and shingle damage. Your roofing contractor will inspect your roof from the inside and outside. After a roof inspection, your contractor will prepare a report detailing the general condition of your commercial roof, the repairs that need to be performed, and repair costs.
Get Your Budget Approved
Depending on your business setup, you may need to forward the roof repair proposal to the board for approval. If you operate a sole proprietorship, consult your accountant about how much you can allocate for the project. Check if you need to inform the building management in advance.
Create a Project Schedule
Once you have received a green signal from all the parties involved, create a schedule. Avoid scheduling repairs during the winter or rainy season as weather conditions during these seasons can cause delays.
ARS Roofing & Gutters is a trusted commercial and residential roofing company serving Marin County. Our roofing experts have decades of combined experience crafting customized roofing solutions for homeowners and business owners. To learn more, call (707) 584-5900.