It is important to start budgeting for a new roof long before the current one starts leaking. This prevents the replacement from being an emergency expense, thereby giving you time to decide whether or not you want to make changes, figure out which method of financing is best, and of course, help to minimize disruption to your commercial enterprise.
There are several factors to consider when planning to invest in a new roof. Here are some of the top ones to keep in mind.
What is the Life Expectancy of the Current Roof?
Figuring out how long you can expect the current roof to last lets you know how much time you have to formulate a plan for replacement. You can sometimes make a rough estimate based on the roof’s warranty length versus its installation date, but it’s better to get a roof inspection. An inspection will allow the discovery of any problems that are happening sooner than expected, as well as uncover previously unnoticed damage that could affect the roof’s life.
Consider Your Options
There are several options for new commercial roofing systems, and no matter what type of building you have, more than one of these should be a possibility for your new roof. Price is just one of the factors to be weighed in choosing an option. Environmental impact, both from the creation of the roofing material and how it will affect your long-term energy use, should be considered as well.
Know How to Calculate the Cost of a Potential New Roof
To calculate costs, you must factor in several variables. Consider what the roof will be made from, what materials will be installed underneath the visible covering, what is attached to or protruding from the roof’s surface, wind loads, fasteners to be used, and of course, building code requirements for your area. Roof accessibility is another key factor.
The least expensive roofing material is usually single-ply flat construction, while the most expensive is metal. However, the longevity of the material should also be taken into account.
Plan for Extra Expenses
Between the time you make your roof budget and the time you need to have the work done, market conditions may change. Plan for inflation, possible materials or labor shortages that cause price spikes, and other such expenses. Change orders for unforeseen conditions also add money to the final bill. Finally, remember to factor in the cost of financing.
Contact Perry Roofing Contractors
One good way to get an idea of what a new roof would cost is to get a quote. In Gainesville, Jacksonville, Ocala, or St. Augustine Florida, give us a call here at Perry Roofing to set up an appointment.