5 Tips for Making the Best Roof Investment

If the roof of your facility fails, there is a lot at stake – everything inside. That’s why it’s important to make sure you invest in a roof that will perform for years to come. Be sure to consider the following  things:

1. Find a Long-Term Solution

Proven performance and longevity are the most important factors when considering a new roof system. Make sure you find a roof system that has a good reputation and is manufactured for long-term durability and worry-free performance.

For low-slope or flat roofs, PVC is known to be an extremely serviceable and durable product. PVC roofing membranes are flame resistant, highly flexible, recyclable and resistant to bacterial growth. Standing seam metal roofs are a great option for sloped roofs because they are both aesthetically pleasing and structurally sound. These systems are some of the most durable and weathertight roof systems available in the industry that also enhance the appearance of the building.

2. Get the Warranty You Need

Make sure you are covered with the right warranty for your building. Ask your roofing contractor a lot of questions about the manufacturer’s warranty coverage to make sure you can get the coverage you need.

A good product will offer warranties that can be as comprehensive or basic as your building requires, including warranties that cover consequential damages, hail or high wind.

3. Prefabrication Means Less Worries

The majority of rooftop leaks occur at field seams, roof protrusions and changes in plane. Therefore, using a prefabricated roofing system eliminates labor at these critical areas.

Investing in a roof system that completes as much of the work in a factory-controlled environment before it gets to the job site eliminates many of the errors that can happen during installation and ensures a quality, worry-free roof.

4. Sustainability Matters

A sustainable roof offers many benefits to you, most importantly energy savings. White roofs are known to be highly reflective — reducing both energy consumption and costs. A recent study showed that a cool white roof can result in an average savings of more than $1,000 annually in most climate zones for a typical commercial building.

5. Nationwide Support

Make sure you are buying a roof from a company that will be there when it matters most. That’s why it’s important to buy a roof from a company that has technical representatives, salespeople and regional teams to support customers across the country. Look to buy a roof from a manufacturer with a nationwide footprint.

 

Jenny Bruzewski is the marketing communications manager at Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. She can be reached at jbruzews@duro-last.com or visit duro-last.com. 

Emily Harbourne is the editor for Campus Rec Magazine. She can be reached at emily@peakemedia.com.

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