Your commercial facility needs a good roof to keep your customers and your staff comfortable and safe. However, you also want to minimize the costs of facility maintenance like roof work to make your commercial venture as profitable as possible.
The need to have roof work performed could really drive up your overhead costs if you're not careful. It's good to be aware of the following six things that increase roofing costs so you can minimize the expense of commercial roof work:
Not getting enough estimates
You need to shop around with a lot of different roofing contractors to find the one that will offer you the best quality work at a competitive price. You shouldn't necessarily just go with the first contractor you get an estimate from or you may end up paying more than necessary.
Neglecting routine roof maintenance
Keeping up on routine maintenance on your commercial roof can save you from having to pay for costly repairs down the road.
The best way to make sure that you're keeping up on commercial roof maintenance is to arrange a maintenance plan with your roofing contractor. This way, your contractor will periodically inspect your roof and let you know of any maintenance needs to keep your roof in the best possible shape.
Having a replacement roof installed during the busy season
When you have roof work performed has a big impact on how much it will cost you. If you can have roof work done in the off season for roofers, you could save money. Generally speaking, the busy season is the summer months. Schedule your work for another season of the year and you may pay less.
Choosing an unnecessarily expensive material
There are many material options to decide from. Some common options are metal, tile, asphalt, wood, and slate.
Metal and asphalt tend to be among the cheapest options. You need to gauge your needs when deciding on a material. If aesthetics are a big issue with your commercial facility, then you might need to invest in a more expensive material.
However, if aesthetics don't matter and you just need a functional roof, you can always opt for one of the cheaper roof materials.
Overlooking insurance coverage possibilities
If you need roof repairs because of some type of accident damage, make sure you check out your insurance coverage possibilities. Your insurance might be able to cover the resulting damages, so don't pay out of pocket until you've checked on this possibility.
Removing the original roof rather than opting for overlay
Often, it's less expensive to build over an existing roof than to remove an existing roof. This minimizes the cost of labor and material disposal costs. Discuss the possibility of doing an overlay with your roofing contractor if you need to replace your commercial roof.
Talk to a contractor in your area about their commercial roofing services.