5 key factors to consider when selecting a roof system

5 key factors to consider when selecting a roof system

A new roof on a commercial property is a substantial investment, with so many options available how do you know which roofing system is right for your property.

Here are five key factors to consider when selecting a roof system.

1. What are your investment objectives for the property!

  • How long do you plan to own the property?
  • What length of warranty are you looking for?
  • What's your budget?
  • Is capital available?

2. How is the property used!

  • What kind and type of roof traffic is expected?
  • Will it be an outdoor deck or patio for residents?
  • Will a service technician need access only once a year for maintenance inspections?
  • Is the roof visible?
  • If so, our aesthetics important?
  • How is the building being used?
  • Is there an extremely high-risk factor if a leak should occur?
  • Would a leak damage high value inventory?
  • How will the project impact your employees or the residents of the building?

Think about both the short-term inconvenience and their long-term comfort and peace of mind.

3. Where is the property located!

  • Coastal properties may require systems with higher wind performance.
  • Inner cities are often hotter than rural or suburban areas because of the heat island effect.
  • Reflective options can help reduce heat buildup and save energy.
  • Is the property located in an area that makes certain roof systems impractical? For instance, installing a 4-ply built-up roof on a 60-story high-rise in an inner city may pose logistic and installation challenges.

4. Local building codes!

  • This is a critical factor in choice and may impact your system selection.
  • Hicks Roofing can assist you in determining the appropriate options for your area.

5. How is your building constructed!

  • What is the overall construction of your building.
  • Do you know the details of your roofs construction?
  • Just as your building can be made of brick, glass or metal, your roof deck can be made of metal, concrete or other materials. Understanding the materials that make up your roof deck as well as the rest of your roofing system is an important part of your decision-making.
  • Will you be leaving the existing roof system in place or tearing it off?
  • What are your insulation needs? For instance, increasing the R-value of the insulation in your roof may dramatically reduce your heating and cooling expenses.

As you can see there are several decisions that impact the selection of your new roofing system. Make a list of all those factors and consider it carefully. Start with the questions we've mentioned here, but don't stop there consider everything that's important to your property Hicks Roofing can answer your questions and provide advice to help you decide which system is right for you.