When building a new commercial office, many business owners focus intensely on the inside of the new commercial building but tend to not think as much about the outside of their commercial building, including the roof. When it comes to determining exactly what type of roof to install, either a flat or a slanted, individuals do not understand what these options are and which one is the best. Many contractors and roofing companies are telling individuals to select a flat roof for their commercial building. It not only reduces expenses but it can add value to the entire building.
Possibly the biggest benefit of having a flat roof is the accessibility it provides. When compared to other various roofing options, flat roofs are more accessible because they do not have a large slope. There is a minimal chance that an individual will slip while on a flat roof as compared to a slanted or sloping roof. Some businesses like having a flat roof because it gives employees a place to go on their break when the weather is nice outside, especially if there is not a lot of land around the outside of the commercial building.
Another added benefit is that it saves room space in the commercial building. With sloping roofs, a lot of times space is lost due to wooden beams holding up the roof which creates dead space. These areas cannot be utilised in any fashion. There is minimal dead space with a flat roof, increasing total space within the commercial building.
They are very easy to build. There is less surface area with a flat than with a slanting roof. If there is less surface area, then not as much raw material is needed to construct the roof. Because there are fewer raw materials needed, the business owner purchasing the flat roof for the commercial building does not have to pay as much money as they would with a slanting roof which requires additional raw material to construct. Flat roofs are also less physically demanding and take up less time to build. These two factors will also greatly reduce the price of building a flat roof on a commercial building.
Of course, the roof's life expectancy is completely dependent upon how well the business owner maintains it. The business owner should have annual inspections done on the roof. This will not only assist in finding weak locations to fix immediately, but it will increase the overall longevity of the roof. The roof of the home should never be neglected. If a business owner notices something is wrong, like a leak, they should call in for maintenance immediately.
1) Ask around. You value and trust the opinion of your friends. Have they had their roofs done within the last ten years? Any problems? Do any of them have a roof that you would like to see on your home?
2) Contact The National Federation of Roofing Contractors Limited (NFRC) is the UK’s largest roofing trade association. The NFRC has strict criteria for membership, meaning you can be sure that any member listed will offer reliable service. The last thing you want to do is to pay someone and have them not finish the job, leaving you with a huge problem on your hands, and a gaping hole in your roof! Ask for a list of members in your area.
3) Use the information from your friends and the NFRC to compile a list of potential roofing contractors. Don't just settle on one. Do some comparison shopping before awarding the job to a contractor. You want to do some interviewing before committing. Think of it as dating. You don't just marry the first person you meet! And if you plan to live in your house for as long as possible, then roofing will be a lifelong commitment too!
4) Ask for license information. The roofing contractor yu choose should be able to provide you with a roofing license, and this license should be for the state you reside in. Criteria for homes vary from state to state so it's important that Other companies may have contractor licenses, which will work fine, but you want someone who has a roofing license working on your home.
5) Ask about insurance. No one should set foot on your property to work if he or she is not insured. Ask for an insurance number. It would be a huge mistake (and liability) if you allowed someone to work up high, on top of your roof, without any sort of insurance coverage.
6) Ask for a free written estimate. Most companies are more than happy to provide this. Have the contractor come out to your home, rather than offering this over the phone. This will prevent any sudden surprises when the contractor shows up and says the job will require more than originally anticipated.
7) Ask for references. Most companies don't have a problem with this either. Don't just go off of what's on the company website. Ask for names and phone numbers, along with pictures. This will separate the roofing companies who stand by their work and the ones who just bounce around from job to job doing mediocre work.
8) Ask about options. A good roofing contractor should be able to offer a recommendation for your roof, rather than just doing the labour part of the job. Your contractor should discuss the pros and cons of different roofing systems and work with you to find a roofing system within your budget.
9) Look for a design-oriented contractor, someone who has a keen eye for what will look best with your home. A good contractor will be up-to-speed on the latest styles of roofing and techniques. After all, this isn't just about having a roof over your head - it's about having a roof with some real curb appeal!
10) Ask about warranties. You want a roofing system that will last so that you can get your money's worth. Some companies will offer warranties on clay tile roofs for 50-100 years! Now that's getting real value out of your home!
York Reliable Roofers
171b Clifford House
7-9 Clifford Street
Tel: 01904 599007