Levels of Warranty on Commercial Roofs

There are various levels of roof warranty that you might consider, depending on how long you want your commercial roof to last.

Some roofing contractors will actually just offer a contractor's warranty. They'll offer the contractors material only warranty or a contractor system warranty. Material only is very much like it says, the material is going to perform based on its design and the contractor will warrant that. That's probably the lowest warranty available out there.

A contractors full system warranty basically covers things like, if you've got a leak that's not due to a third party or something outside of the workmanship and the materials that were installed, the warranty is going to be covered at no cost.

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When you want to take it the next level up, you talk about getting a manufacturer's product warranty. Now those are again they're they're very low cost, because the manufacturer is basically giving a warranty that what we sent to that contractor is going to perform as designed and advertised, for the length of time it was designed to perform. They do provide a little peace of mind, but they don't have as much teeth as say a manufacturer's full system warranty where the manufacturer then says, in writing, that if due to workmanship and/or material, if the roof leaks throughout the duration of the warranty, whatever that is; 10, 15, 20 years - that they will cover the cost for the repair of that leak for you.

Maintenance Plans Extend the Life of Your Roof Warranty

Why You Need A Roof Maintenance Program - Insurance Against Your Insurance Company

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we're here at our home office just want to tell you really quickly about our new program that we just came out with a couple of weeks ago it's our residential roof maintenance program. okay now some bigger companies offer maintenance programs to their bigger commercial clients but I want you guys to be able to take advantage of what a maintenance program can do for your home alright so there's gonna be four levels of service bronze silver gold platinum the bronze level basically we're going to come out twice a year in October and April or depend on what month you actually sign up for that might change a little bit in the first year well then after that going forward will be April in October you can pay for it when you sign up you can pay for the whole year and 1-shot save a little bit of money that way or you can pay for it monthly I'm either way you're getting way more value than the actual cost to you okay the first level is just going to be where we come out we take pictures of the entire exterior of the home windows siding gutters roof paint condition everything then we'll take it home and we'll mark it up with circles and arrows to highlight the different things that we want to point out in those pictures create a report for you on some software that we've got email that to you and then you've got documentation as to the condition of your home and insurance companies tell you that the best way to document what's in your home should there ever be a fire or theft or anything is to take a video of all of your contents this is exactly the same thing but for the outside of your home so it's a huge value they're gonna be a little more into that later especially for you if you've got an executive home really large really expensive something like that so stay tuned towards the end Alex why that's so important but our next level is going to include some minor repairs with that and then if you have either gold or platinum levels we're going to go ahead and clean your gutters and it's also going to include some priority scheduling should you have any kind of leak or hail damage or something like that it'll include some level of repairs for free we'll do some emergency mitigation at no cost to you so there's a lot of different benefits to these email me an atom at Front Range storm contractors comm and I can send you all the details about it or you can text me at seven two zero seven two four one five one five to request some information now the reason that this is so important even if all you get is the bronze level is because right here I've got on our white board what it costs replace some types of roofs so if you've got asphalt shingles Oh unfortunately I didn't write this looking in the mirror so this is gonna look little backwards to you guys so this says asphalt shingles and they range from five hundred to six hundred dollars for a hundred square feet of replacement costs okay most houses are gonna be twenty or two thousand square feet so 4,500 square feet now remember this is per hundred square feet here so we call that squares okay so twenty to forty five squares is gonna be most roofs with asphalt shingles but that's coming out to ten thousand to twenty-seven thousand dollars just for the roof alright then you've got another kind of material called wood roof which is like a faux wood it looks like wood but it's really not it's gonna be about seven hundred dollars per hundred square feet to replace those most those houses are slightly larger 245 squares so you're coming out at 21,000 to 32,000 for a cost to replace just the roof there now would shake roofs themselves are gonna be 700 to 800 dollars per square to replace them most of those are gonna be 3,200 squares it's a pretty big house but they they do exist out there so that's gonna be about 21,000 to $80,000 just replace the roof only should it ever need to be replaced if you've got a metal roof and that can be what looks like kind of corrugated metal it's called standing seam or it can be there are metal tiles and some of those metal tiles even have the same type of granular covering that asphalt shingles have okay so there's different types of metal roofs so that's gonna arrange generally from eight hundred to a thousand dollars per hundred square feet to replace those and the size of those roots are gonna be 30 to 100 squares so you're talking 24,000 to $100,000 just replace the roof you've got concrete tile roof those are starting at $1,000 a square some of them can be i've got there's a glare but $2,000 or more depend on their brand Ludowici squares extremely expensive so those are also gonna be about 30 to 100 squares per roof so you're looking at 30,000 to $200,000 just replace the roof if it's damaged with hail now do you really think your insurance company wants to pony up all that money so the more expensive your roof is the harder they're gonna fight to not have to replace that roof okay so would shake metal roofs and concrete tile roofs if you've got that on your house your insurance company is going to for sure hire an engineer to come out and try to tell you that there might be damage on your roof but it's not from something that your policy cover it's not from Hale it's not from wind it's gonna be foot traffic installation air especially on concrete ah they're gonna try to pass it off as what they call expansion and contraction damage you know heating and cooling cycles it's just not true there are all kinds of videos on YouTube that you can google about testing how hail damages concrete tile and basically there's a little corner let me see if I can a little corner down at the right lower corner of the tile that is the most susceptible to damage and when hail hits right on that corner and breaks that corner off your insurance company is going to try to say that that just happened because there wasn't enough room for it to expand and contract well if you can manually just shake or jiggle that concrete tile there's plenty of room for it to expand and contract but there are videos out there showing one-inch hail damaging concrete tile and they're gonna try to tell you that it takes softball sized hail to cause any kind of damage so if you have documentation of the condition of your roof that there were no problems before the hailstorm then you get a hail storm and you've got 30 or 40 of those concrete tiles with a little piece that's missing chipped cracked off something like that then they come and say nope sorry that you know expansion contraction and say really so it all happened between you know the end of April when my contractor took pictures of it and the middle of May when the storm came through so two weeks there somehow all these tiles just no I'm not buying it and then they come around and they go oh you have pictures I guess maybe we'll have to pay for it then so you can see how this would be extremely beneficial for anybody with an expensive roof just to insure that their insurance company is going to do what they promised when you pay your premium every month it's extremely cost-effective for you and give us a call or text us at seven two zero seven two four one five one five send us an email Adam at Front Range storm contractors comm will send you all the information with no obligation and looking forward to hearing more from you guys later about how much you really love this program and how much it really saved you when you got hit by hail

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The condition of your roof plays a major role in the life cycle of your building. DC roofing is here to help you extend the life of your roof through regular inspections and maintenance.

Because a commercial roof is a costly financial investment, we recommend a regular, preventative maintenance program designed to save you money and give you peace of mind over the years. Large HVAC units, vents and other mechanical roof penetrations are potential weak spots in the roof that require regular monitoring and maintenance. High traffic areas are high risk areas. Foot traffic near hatches, access points and paths around HVAC units increases the risk of damage. Periodic inspection and maintenance are necessary in these areas.

Water retention is a red flag. Proper roof drainage is essential to the health of the roof, but seasons of accumulated leaf debris and clog gutters, drains and downspouts creating a pooling hazard.

A roof nearing the end of its life cycle is more likely to develop problems than a new roof. However, a regular maintenance program will keep you informed of important options such as the application of coatings that can extend the life of your roof.

Equipment and inventory loss or structural impairment due to water damage can have a substantial financial impact on commercial building owners. Without regular inspections and maintenance, your roofs warranty could lapse, leaving you with costly out-of-pocket repair bills.

Properly trained commercial roof maintenance professionals are trained to spot small issues before they become serious problems. Through state-of-the-art technology, these highly-trained inspectors examine every aspect of your roofs condition. A qualified roofing contractor skilled in recognizing the warning signs can detect potential problems before they become obvious to the untrained eye.

A regularly scheduled maintenance and repair program offers freedom for building owners. Once your roof is enrolled in such a program, you have the assurance of complete roof care protection. We will schedule all necessary inspections and present the results to you immediately.

Participation in a professional roof maintenance program fulfills maintenance terms of your roof warranty, guaranteeing your financial investment is protected. Similar to regularly maintaining your car, be sure to maintain your roof with a regular maintenance program. Our teams are not obtrusive - we do not interfere with your day-to-day operations. We perform our job safely without putting your employees or customers at risk. Our commercial roof care program prolongs the life of your roof and protects your investment.

How Long Should A Commercial Roof Last? Read the article to understand.

Maintaining Commercial Roof Systems

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today in our video miniseries we're gonna talk a little bit about commercial roofing and the maintenance that's required with that so we're gonna pull up a picture here of a flat commercial roof now what kind of maintenance is involved with the roof system like this that facility looks like it has multiple types of roof systems so it's very important that whoever's doing the maintenance for that facility is knowledgeable with both systems there's a single ply system up on the upper roof in the back there and a still single ply but it's more of a granulated modified roof from the front the single ply in the back has a lot of units that need to be flashed and there's some internal rains we can tell from there so periodic walkthrough to make sure the drains are clogged and all the flashing around the units or properly seal it's very important yeah absolutely now I know that a common commercial flat roof is for restaurants and they've got a lot of special concerns to take into consideration what are some of the things they have to be careful with well that's a good point because a lot of building owners don't even realize that the grease hoods that are up on top of their roof systems can be detrimental to the type of system that's underneath it like an EPDM rubber roof for instance is very susceptible and the animal fats will actually eat that roofing away Wow all around the vent exhaust vent needs to have a grease trap or and we see more and more specifications for restaurants using a tpo which is a thermal plastic type of system which isn't as susceptible Wow Wow very good stuff there so just that's all we have time for today we're gonna wrap this video up but thank you so much Brad I think we know a lot more now about how to maintain our flat roofs for our commercial properties and make sure we really get the value and the durability we deserve order to keep them maintained thank you

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Extend Your Roof's Life with a Commercial Roof Maintenance Plan

Just like anything else at your facility, your roof needs preventative maintenance. Most times people will have their carpets cleaned, or have their windows cleaned, but never think about performing preventative maintenance on their roof assembly.

A leaky roof can cause more damage than lightning, fires, and theft and vandalism combined. Inspect your roof semi-annually and after every major storm before further damage or business interruption occurs. 

How Long Should a Commercial Roof Last? When paired with inspections, general maintenance and upkeep cost just 1 percent of the cost of a new roof. It can extend your roofs life by over 50%! So instead of five roof replacements over 80 years, your well-maintained building may only need three. And that can save your business up to 40%.

Your roofs are certainly exposed to much harsher elements than your carpets or the interior of your windows, but it's easy to forget the things that you don't see every day. But without that preventative maintenance, there can be very costly, long term ramifications to not performing that preventative maintenance.

Talk to a roofing inspector you trust and get your next inspection on the calendar today.

Regular roof maintenance basically gets somebody on your roof to take a visual inspection of all the different components. It doesn't take much for a small split or tear to develop into a major leak, quickly, especially if it's over a weekend where the facility is not occupied. It can become very costly very quickly.

Setting up a regularly scheduled maintenance and repair schedule will give a building owner a viable option on protecting their investment and extending the life of their roof system.

A couple things you might want to look for when contracting a maintenance and repair company for your roof. In addition to inspecting the roof surface, you'll want them to inspect the walls, windows, rooftop units, vent pipes, and basically anything connected to your roof system. Regular maintenance will help catch and prevent issues as they develop. Weather, physical damage, rooftop traffic, and neglect are all factors.

It is recommended to maintain your roof at least twice a year, and after major weather events.

The minimum you will want is a visual inspection plus cleaning drain baskets and gutters, and a Roof Inspection Report to let you know what they found.

The next level up would include things like debris removal, small general repairs performed, an inspection report for larger repairs, all seams and flashings of rooftop units inspected too.

The most comprehensive service level you might consider would cover everything mentioned above, plus all visual repairs performed, complete Roof Inspection Report, with new roof cost, CAD drawings of roof, all seams and flashing on roof inspected, infrared roof survey, leak guarantee of no more than five visits.

Don't Just Take Our Word For It - Why You Should Consider a Maintenance Plan for Your Commercial Roof

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When it comes to commercial roofing, we want to provide not only outstanding repair and preventive maintenance service, but to also inform our clients on how they can maximize the useful life of their roofing asset. It is our responsibility to help our customers make their roof last as long as possible. Let's face it, roofs are expensive, and you need them to last a long time. It is our belief that if we can do this, and partner with you throughout the life of your roof, then we will be in the best possible position to earn your re-roofing business when that time comes. There are several things that differentiate CentiMark's service from the rest of our industry. The first is our wide knowledge of each of the major families of roofing, regardless of the type of roof you have of EDPM, built up roofing, modified bitumen, metal roofing or PVC and TPO, our technicians have been trained to work on each of them. Please know that whenever you require service on your roof, it is the technician that is performing the service that will ultimately determine the long-term success of the work performed. This is exactly where CentiMark places emphasis. Our service technicians have an average of over 10 years in the roofing industry. Secondly, today's various roof systems require their own unique materials, and having the strong knowledge of what works properly for each roof system is critical. With this in mind, our service vehicles are equipped with the necessary materials needed to provide long-term performance. You must always be prepared because you never know what you will encounter. Accountability starts with transparency. All of our customers have the ability to view before and after photographs on each repair made. You have the ability to view a satellite image with a map pin locating the repair. This information is housed on MyCentiMark Local. At your fingertips, you now have a complete record of when, where, and what type of repairs we make. Repair history can be beneficial for future budgeting. We are available 24/7 in a variety of ways. 1-800-254-0853, CentiMark.com, and try our newest method, our mobile app, available for Apple and Android devices. We have been in business since 1968, have the experience behind us, and you have our commitment that we will look for better and efficient ways to service you in the future. Thank you.

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The Basics of Commercial Roof Maintenance Programs

A new roof is not a set it and forget it project. It requires a plan be put in place for preventative maintenance, just like any other component of your building, whether it's interior or exterior. The relatively small ongoing investment for preventive maintenance will save significant money compared to the cost of sudden, unexpected repairs. 

Most times, people will have their carpets cleaned, or have their windows cleaned, but never think about performing preventative maintenance on their roof assembly. Now, your roofs are certainly exposed to much harsher elements than your carpets, the interior of your windows, but it's easy to forget the things that you don't see every day. But without that preventative maintenance, can be a very costly long-term ramifications.

Here's an example of how that could play out in the real world. In 2011, on the same city block, two identical roof systems were installed. Basically, the roofs were the same size, and had the same specification, in regards to warranty term.

AFter 10 years those warranties expired, and after a few more years, the owners both decided that it was time to renew, or recoat, those roof systems.

One owner had enrolled in a program of annual preventative maintenance, throughout the life of that warranty, and even including the couple years beyond. The other had not performed any maintenance at all.

The owner who had not performed any maintenance, his renewal and recoating price, was 30% higher than the facility-owner who had installed that recoat - or the preventative maintenance. The overall savings was significant.

Regular roof maintenance can prevent various different types of damage being caused to the building.

Regular roof maintenance basically gets somebody on your roof to take a visual inspection of all the different components. It doesn't take much for a small split or tear to develop into a major leak quickly, especially if it's over a weekend, when the facility's not occupied, it can become very costly, very quickly.

Options for maintenance on your new roof can be as simple as a couple of technicians simply walking the roof on an annual, or even semiannual basis, just to clean the vegetation or debris that may have accumulated around drains, or gutters, or scuppers, just to make sure that the water's flowing.

The next level of that is to have them perform a greater, or a more in-depth, survey of all the seams, and the penetrations, and all the flashing conditions, the coping and metal edge conditions plus any penetrations where you might have equipment mounted to the rooftop. This takes a little bit longer. They're on more of a task for actually looking at deficiencies, than generally on the earlier one, just being a type of a cleaning, or just a pure debris-removal project.

The third aspect would be to perform larger and more extensive repairs, which would occur later on down the road, typically once the roof has aged four or five, six years, and older, where at that point, you might have a preventative maintenance program that includes maybe up to a couple of percentage of the square footage of the entire building being replaced, in addition to some of the cleaning and general maintenance that would go on.

Different Types of Commercial Roof Maintenance Programs

We feel that there are four primary types of commercial roof maintenance programs.

They can be as simple as having just a couple of technicians walk the roof, just to clean debris off the roof, and make sure that all the drainage components are flowing properly, make sure there's no debris accumulation around the drains, the gutters, the scuppers. It's a very simple process, generally it only takes a couple hours on the average-size facility, and it's very low-cost, but it can prevent some disastrous results, if you've got backed up drains, and building swimming pools on your roofs.

The next process is the probably the most common, which is combined with cleaning of the drains, and scuppers, and getting debris off the roof.

But it can be taken to the next level of actually looking at all the seams, penetrations, all the flashings... actually looking for items that possibly aren't leaking yet, but could develop into a leak concern within the time frame between this maintenance, and the next annual or semi-annual maintenance that is performed. It takes a little bit longer, and it costs a little bit more than the first option.

But that's generally what is being accomplished - making sure that nothing's letting loose, or going to fail within the next six to 12 months.

The third type is a little bit more extensive, where it might be that a roof gets a little bit older, and is starting to begin to show some signs of age. It might still be under warranty, but the owner might opt for, in addition to the maintenance that was just mentioned above, possibly installing even a sacrificial coating over some of the roof areas.

As the UV starts to break down some of these membranes, possibly installing an aluminized asphalt, or an acrylic, or even a silicone coating, can extend some life and add some peace of mind to that facility owner, that they've got a sacrificial coating, and it's gonna help prolong that roof system for a couple more years.

Another type of maintenance program that can be offered is a program that entails some callback features in it, so that basically, the contractor will come in and do a maintenance program on more or less an as-needed basis. Oftentimes it's difficult to capture all of the maintenance issues in that first call, so the idea is to build into that initial price, a first, and second, and the third return call, so that if not every concern is captured in that first visit, that the owner can call, and know that the contractor will return to continue to work on it two or three more trips, without additional fees running up on time and material basis from port to port, and oftentimes it's more cost-effective. And then it puts the contractor on a little bit higher-level of accountability, because they don't have that open checkbook, knowing that if it leaks again, that they can just come back and bill, and bill, and bill again.

That additional level of accountability is something that many consider a very good option.

Scheduling your maintenance program should be something you're thinking of any time you're doing any capital improvement, budgeting, or sequencing within your facility. Most maintenance contracts are performed, at minimum, annually.

In the northern portion of the United States, where you've got the climate change and heavy snow, anything that's harsh experiencing winter, or any type of repetitive freeze-thaw cycles, maybe a semi-annual basis is more appropriate. Here in Arizona, an annual review is typically adequate.

However, getting up there prior to the powerful monsoon season is a good idea, just to make sure that everything is clean, drainage components are working properly, and there's nothing that's going to cause an issue when the heavy rains and wind come through.

The third part of that is, you really wanna get a professional looking at your roof after any significant weather event. Whether it's a thunderstorm, a hail activity or event, or a micro-burst as we know can happen during the summer, it's always good just to get some trained eyes, if your facility doesn't have maintenance guys who can handle that type of activity, just to get another look at it, and generally that's just a walk through to make sure that something as minor as a panel on an HVAC unit hasn't fallen off and rolled across your roof, and you haven't noticed it leaking yet, but it's near it.

So if you have any questions regarding roof inspections, roof replacements, and more importantly, roof maintenance, feel free to get in touch with us here at DC Roofing of Arizona.  As licensed and insured roofing contractors, we'll give you an honest assessment of your roof.

An experienced commercial roofing company analyzes a particular building and identifies unique solutions, from making use of an energy audit to recommending a highly energy-efficient solution for your rooftop. It is best to hire a licensed, professional roofer to carry out the inspections and maintenance of the roof, as typically the plant owners have no knowledge or experience in the commercial roofing trade.

There are a lot of commercial roof options for your flat roof when it comes to materials, some of which include metal roofs as a common commercial roofing system, restoration options over your existing roof include spray foam, modified bitumen, reflective coating roof, builtup roofing (BUR), single-ply coating systems, Torch Down, EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer), single ply membranes, TPO Membrane Roofing system, TPO over gravel and more. For more information on the best commercial roofing products and services, contact us today.

Tearing down the roof usually means limiting your business activities for at least a few days, which can cost you even more in revenue. If you want to maximize the life expectancy of your roof and get the most out of your investment, consider implementing a commercial roof repair and maintenance program. 

When it comes to roof maintenance compared to roof repair or replacement, the money you pay compared to the work and money you'll save on a full new roof installation makes for an easy choice. Whether you decide to schedule a maintenance plan where qualified roof contractors with professional equipment will provide regular, complete service inspections to ensure your roof is in good shape is up to you. But it's a top point to understand that having a professional inspect your roof today rather than waiting for some big storm to call your insurance company to learn what kind of best estimate they'll offer you can take a lot of future stress out of your business life. Don't wait to see water leak or other problems develop - get regular roof maintenance team on your roof at least once a year and prevent future damage before it's too late.

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