Planning a roof replacement at one of your organization’s facilities?
Drastically improve the chances for success by doing these 4 things. They’re simple and they’re free.
- Start by contacting a roofing material manufacturer, not a roofer.
- Ask the manufacturer to provide a recommended roofing system for your specific building including materials AND wind uplift performance requirements. Put these documents into a combined PDF package.
- Require roofers bidding your project to explicitly reference your documents from step 2 in their bids AND incorporate those documents by reference in the owner-contractor agreement.
- Similarly, explicitly reference the building code, the roofing manufacturer’s published product data and installation instructions, and the NRCA Roofing Manual and require (in the contract) that the contractor abide by those documents.
There’s great value in engaging a professional (engineer, architect, consultant) to design and oversee your re-roof project. If that’s in the current budget it’s well worth the cost and will save money in the long run.
The fact is, though, that often these projects get done with far less than what is described above. If at least those 4 things were done on every re-roof project many expensive problems would be avoided.
Note: The NRCA Roofing Manual is not free. You can require compliance with it for free, though. If you want to get your own copy, it’s $900 which is still a bargain in the context of your potentially several-hundred-thousand-dollar re-roof project. It’s a well-respected industry standard full of helpful information.
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