Is your condo facing a roof replacement project in the near future?
In New England, most flat roofs consist of membrane systems (EPDM, PVC, TPO, etc) that have a service life of around 20-25 years. When it comes time to replace them, here are a few things you need to take into consideration in choosing the replacement roof system:
1. Costs – what are the initial installation costs and the future maintenance costs?
2. Lifecycle – how long will the new roof last?
3. Durability – does the roof get a lot of foot traffic, or very little? Is there a high risk of vandalism? What type of material should be used?
4. Drainage – does the roof drain poorly? Would it benefit from tapered insulation? Is there adequate drainage?
5. Insulation – is adding more insulation possible? Can you re-use the existing insulation?
6. Wind Conditions – What are the anticipated wind speeds at the building? How will the roof system be attached to the building?
7. Structural Loading – what type of loading can the building withstand? Will the new roof weigh more or less than the existing roof?
8. Other Building Envelope Areas – are repairs needed at any of the above-roof walls, doors, or skylights at the roof?
9. Warranty Options – what types of warranties and service agreements are available from the roof manufacturer and the installer?
10. Aesthetics – Is the roof highly visible, or is visual appearance really not that important?
Which of these considerations are most important to you? Let us know in the comments.