When you notice the roof on your building leaking, call a commercial roof repair contractor as soon as you can and before water damage is done to your building. Prompt repairs could save money you might otherwise have to spend to repair your building and replace inventory. Here are some things to discuss with your roof repair contractor and how repairs might be carried out.
Have Your Maintenance Logs Ready
If you've been having regular checks and maintenance done on your roof, let the roofer look over the logs so they understand the history of the roof and past damage. Your roofer will need to know about your roof, building, and operations before planning the roof repair process. For instance, they'll want to know if your building is empty on certain days or if they need to work around your full staff to get repairs completed.
Have A Thorough Inspection Done
The roofing contractor will probably examine your roof from the inside so they can assess the damage thoroughly. They'll also examine from the top of the roof. The roofer might use equipment such as an infrared camera or moisture meter to test for water damage.
The roofer checks the deck under the roof, insulation if it's present, flashing, and roofing membrane, panels, foam, or shingles. If you have a flat roof with HVAC equipment on it, the roofer will check around the equipment to see if it has caused damage to the roof. The roofer may also check for proper drainage, which is important for flat roofs.
Look Over The Quote
After the inspection, the roofer will supply an estimate that gives you a quote for the cost and lays out all the work that needs to be done. The type of roofing repairs you need will depend on the type of roof you have, but a commercial roof repair contractor will be familiar with roofing for both flat and sloped roofs.
Have The Repairs Done
Making commercial roof repairs might not be disruptive to your employees at all, especially if you have a flat roof and all the action takes place on top of the building. Flat roofing can often be patched or seamed without a lot of noise or fumes.
Your roofing contractor may be flexible about the working hours and days if the work might interfere with your operations so your employees are bothered as little as possible until the work is done. If your employees need to be moved, the contractor can help you make a plan so your employees know what to expect and what they need to do to stay safe and out of the way while the crew is working.