At some point, most Oklahoma businesses will need roof repair or a replacement. Extreme heat, cold, storms and pounding rain can cause roofs to take a beating. Better to stay on top of your roof’s health, then to suffer leaks and damage to the interior of your business. So, if you are new to the roofing game, or just need a refresher, take a moment to learn the basics of commercial roofing with this handy guide.

Types of Commercial Roofs

There are several types of commercial roofing options, with each option providing several benefits. The purpose of your business, local regulations and climate all play a part in choosing the best roof for your business.

Metal

roofs are made from factory manufactured panels, that are cut and installed onsite. They are low maintenance and can help reflect heat from your building’s surface. Metal roofing is long lasting and resistant to the elements but isn’t the best insulator and rust can eventually become an issue if left unchecked.

EPDM Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)

is a flexible roofing membrane that resembles black rubber and can also be installed on a low sloped, or flat roof. Advantages are:

  • Extremely durable and versatile
  • Long lasting
  • Easier to install, repair and maintain than most other commercial roofs.

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)

roofing is rolled from single, large rolls and is a single, membrane type system. This type of skin helps reduce the demand on air conditioning units because it reflects solar rays and reduces heat on the building’s surface.

  • Very durable, with low-temperature flexibility
  • High-temperature tolerance
  • Extremely resistant to ultraviolet, ozone and chemical exposure
  • Lifespan of 20+ years
  • Highly resistant to punctures, fire, chemicals and high winds

SPF (Spray Polyurethane Foam)

is a common roofing choice for roofs that have low slopes or are flat. This type roof can go over an existing, or newly built roof. It is sprayed on to give a seamless covering that provides an insulating factor as well

Modified Bitumen

roofing has fallen in popularity due to newer single-membrane roofing systems. It is applied in rolls, with the application of heat to adhere the asphalt and meld the seams. Made from asphalt and a variety of rubber modifiers and solvents. Also referred to as APP, SBS and SEBS.

Asphalt Shingle

roofing is widely used and is more popular depending on the region. It provides excellent protection from extreme weather by its use of several protective layers.

 

What is Membrane roofing?

A more durable option to asphalt and gravel that is easier to repair if needed, membrane roofing is made from single rolls that are sealed with heat or solvents to create a single membrane. With the traditional asphalt and gravel, locating exact leak points is extremely difficult, leading to a whole replacement of a roof if this occurs. With membrane roofing, it is easier to locate these weak points, which gives the ability to give faster, more accurate repairs.

 

Does Your Business Have Roof Damage?

Severe weather, such as penetrating heat, hail, and high winds can cause roofs to take a beating.

As business owners, you can’t afford to overlook necessary roof repairs; this can be expensive in the long run and cause further complications for your building.

Roof damage is repairable

 and if caught early enough will cause no further issues. Repairing or replacing a roof doesn’t have to be stressful or break the bank but it does need to be addressed quickly. Our roofing experts will help guide you through the process, from initial inspection, to filing an insurance claim, to the actual repair itself.

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Emergency Roofing

Extreme weather occurrences can cause your roof to need emergency repairs. Consider these three scenarios:

  1. High-speed winds cause a large tree branch to fall and rip a hole in your roof.
  2. Golf ball sized hail pummels your roof causing several significant leaks.
  3. Damaging storms cut off part of your roof, exposing rafters.

As excessive as these scenarios are, they do happen, and as the first layer of defense for your business, your roof will take the brunt of extreme weather.

Keeping your business open is crucial, so what can you do in such an emergency?

Your first step is to get an experienced roofing company out to your business. Water is extremely destructive to an exposed building, and by getting a professional to your property quickly, you can potentially save your roof.

In most cases, we will inspect the damage and either do a temporary roof repair or place a tarp over the affected area until we can perform necessary repairs. At Commercial Remodelers of America, we will repair your roof correctly and safely. In the meantime, you can document your loss with pictures and a phone call to your insurance company.

 

What type of warranty covers my roof?

Roofs are manufactured, and constructed for longevity, however increment weather can take a toll on any commercial or residential roof. Therefore, it is important to understand the warranties that cover your roof.

Typically, there are two kinds of warranties:

  • A manufacturer’s warranty that guards against material defects
  • A contractor’s warranty that protects against workmanship errors.

 

Manufacturer’s Warranty

Most roofing goods, such as shingles, are safeguarded by a manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty covers factory deficiencies, with some prolonging the lifetime of the product.

Inspect your warranty carefully, since each brand provides its own coverage conditions and terms.

Most roofing components (flashing, vents, etc.) have their own guarantee, while shingles are covered under a specific warranty. Typically, the lifecycle of these warranties differs greatly, and may not tie-in with the lifetime of your shingles. Understanding the coverage of your commercial roofing system will help you better guard your investment, in case of required replacement or repair.

Workmanship Warranty

At Commercial Remodelers of America, we provide you a one-year workmanship warranty. This is in addition to the manufacturer’s warranties. Our roofing contractors are experts in their field and will help protect your building with excellent workmanship.

Warranties are important to understand and should be reviewed occasionally, especially if you have had a recent roof repair or replacement. Understanding your coverage safeguards your rights as a business owner and guarantees the longevity of your roof.

 

How to keep your roof in good condition

To extend the lifetime of your commercial roof, the best course of action is to be vigilant about the condition of your roof. Repairs and possible roof replacements can be kept to a minimum with a properly maintained roof. Roofs that haven’t been taken care of are much quicker to need full replacements, which can cost more money in the long run. Just a few key steps can keep your roof health in check. These include;

Keep It Clear

Keeping your roof clean from any natural debris that builds up is essential. Twigs, branches, leaves and miscellaneous trash gets carried by wind and can become stuck on your roof or in your gutters. This can cause moisture buildup, roof decay and possible surface punctures which can become costly to repair.

Avoid debris issues by keeping trees trimmed and hauling off broken branches and other outdoor debris near your home.

Search for Punctures

If you have a sealed membrane roof, it should be easier to locate holes than with an asphalt roof.  This sealed membrane should remain without any punctures to keep from any leaks developing, therefore, conduct an inspection periodically or when it rains. A possible shifted deck can also be spotted if diagonal wrinkles in the flashings can be seen.

Fix drainage issues

Flat areas can be an easy spot for water to collect on your roof. When water sits on a specific point, it can eventually lead to decay, mold and leaks. The good news is that even if you do have a flat roof, this issue can be avoided.

Check for clogs in your gutter system by pouring water into it and seeing how much of that water drains out. Installation of drainage pipes can eradicate standing water, a small investment compared to constant roof repairs. Once again, this can be helped by periodic inspections.

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Final Word

Repairing or replacing your commercial roof can be a daunting process but is vital to the integrity of not only your roof, but your structure as well. Consider what roof type will work for your business and your budget and be realistic about your needs. In some cases, it might be better to go ahead and invest in a full replacement as opposed to a slew of constant repairs.

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