We are often asked by owners, “How do I get the perfect roof?” Simply put, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Every owner, every building and every roof is unique.
After studying roofing failures for over 50 years, roofing expert Carl Cash concluded that 80% of all premature roof failure is caused by one of two things: improper design or poor workmanship. So, what does that mean for you?
A good roofing design will not have the one-size-fits-all approach; proper design will be tailored to your building’s needs. This means adequate research about the building’s usage, along with history and future needs, will be incorporated into the design. Of the 80% of premature roofing failures Carl Cash identified, about 50% are due to improper design. For example, if a building is a small convenience store, the roof’s design must incorporate a system that can handle the large amounts of air movement due to the daily foot traffic. If a building is being used as an office building, the design must incorporate the heavy amounts of heating and cooling that occur throughout the entire year. Before creating the design, the contractor should ask questions like:
- Do you heat and cool this building?
- Are there high moisture areas? Where are they located?
- Are they any unique characteristics or processes inside your facility that we need to help try manage through the roof?
- What temp do you keep your thermostat at on an average day?
- What is the foot traffic like? How often is someone up on the roof?
These types of questions are necessary to establish the one or many uses of the building. It provides the necessary information needed to determine the proper roof system. The calculations are then used to help design the optimal roof that will help you cut down energy costs and make your roof last longer.
While 50% of the roofing failures Carl Cash noted were due to design, the remaining 30% were due to poor workmanship. Superior workmanship in the roofing industry requires extensive knowledge and skill. As a company that installs over 8 million sqare feet of roofing per year, Bloom Roofing is dedicated to designing, planning, installing the optimal roof for every building. The most obvious sign of quality workmanship will be track record of the contractor. Quality focused roofing contractors will ask questions like the ones listed above before designing the roofing system.
Superior contractors will demonstrate their understanding of the latest roofing technology and materials while balancing their understanding of quality roofing principles. In his book, Roofing Failures, Carl Cash gives us some food for thought on workmanship:
“Materials don’t fail, they obey physical laws, we don’t use them right.”
Even the highest quality product will deteriorate with time and weather; what we can control is the quality of workmanship that applies the material. An experienced, quality roofer will apply the right material for the right building in a correct and precise manner, helping your roof achieve efficiency and a longer lifespan.
While improper design and poor workmanship contributed to the majority of roofing failures, roof management and maintenance is also crucial. Providing your roof with routine maintenance is a vital step in assuring your roof reaches its expected life.
Think about commercial roof maintenance like you would your car. Your car requires regular maintenance to keep it running efficiently. Oil changes, tire rotation, new tires, etc. all require a little time and money. You do these things to prevent serious damage and costly repairs. Roofs endure daily wear-and-tear just as your car does. It’s important to note that even if you have a 25 year roofing warranty, your roof’s deterioration doesn’t start at the 25th year, just as your car’s wear-and-tear doesn’t start after 100,000 miles. With routine maintenance, you allow your roof maintain quality performance and prevent major and costly damage.
So, how do you get a perfect roof? It’s pretty simple really. To get the perfect commercial roof, get in touch with an experienced roofing professional who will design and install your roof system right, then create a roof maintenance plan and stick to it.
About Bloom Roofing
Bloom Roofing is a full-service commercial roofing contractor specializing in the installation of flat and low slope roof systems for commercial, industrial, institutional and retail buildings. Since 1979, we have stood above other Michigan commercial roofing companies due to our skilled workmanship, fair business practices, superior customer service and professional project management.