Variables That Affect Commercial Roof Cost
A new commercial roof is a big capital investment for almost every company. There are many factors that come into play when it comes to determining the total cost of a new roof for your facility. If you are considering a new roof, keep these cost-affecting variables in mind.
Lots of commercial roofs are open expanses that can be recovered without tearing off the old roofing system. Thermoplastic (mostly PVC and TPO) systems are lightweight and, depending on local codes, able to be installed over an existing system. An uncomplicated installation like this will cost much less than a complex project with numerous penetrations, curbs, new insulation (perhaps due to water damage), replacement edge details, and/or a tear-off.
The expression, “you get what you pay for” certainly holds true in the commercial roofing marketplace. When you invest in a roof, you’re also investing in what it takes to install it. The contractor you choose should be experienced and qualified to work on your type of building (warehouse roofs are different from restaurant roofs, for example). Otherwise, you could be in for unexpected costs down the road when maintenance and repair issues come up.
If you’re planning to own your facility for the foreseeable future, then it makes sense to invest in a roof that’s more expensive at the outset but provides better long-term value. A new single-ply commercial roofing system should last 15 years or more. Some manufacturers offer warranties of 20 years but require that a thicker, more expensive material be installed. Roof coatings are less expensive and can save you money in the short term, but they will typically only provide a few years of service before your roof issues reappear. Some inexpensive single-ply membranes don’t handle intense sunlight well and degrade relatively quickly.
These are just a few of the many factors that will ultimately determine the initial cost – and long-term value – of your roofing investment. If you’re in the market for a new roof, the team at Complete Commercial Roofing would welcome the opportunity to discuss all the options available to you.