Frequently Asked Questions From Business Owners Preparing For A Commercial Roofing Project

When it comes to roofing at a residential property, there are a few concerns from the average homeowner about how to prepare for the event. However, in a commercial setting, a business owner does have a lot more to worry about because they have to be concerned with how the roofing project will affect their business and their customers. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about commercial roofing repair projects.

How long will the project take to complete?

A residential roofing project normally will take only a few days to complete. However, commercial projects are usually much larger in scale and will take more time to complete. These projects can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on various factors: the type of roof that you have, the size of your building, and the materials being used. Furthermore, you have to take into consideration whether or not old roofing materials will have to be removed. For example, asphalt shingles may not always be removed, but simply roofed over. 

Are there safety concerns that customers should be alerted to during the project?

The biggest safety concern during a roofing project will be old roofing materials that are being removed from the building. Falling debris can be a threat to the safety of customers even though contractors and their employees will strive to avoid any issues. It is best to keep areas where work is being performed blocked from customer traffic.

What is the best way to handle the high noise levels that can be associated with roofing?

With all of the pounding and work overhead, the noise levels inside of your business during roofing can get high at some times. You should alert your customers that there will be a roofing project taking place well before the scheduled start date. Small children or people with disabilities may be especially irritated by loud noises and alerting your customers ahead of time will ensure that customers know to take the proper precautions.

Can the project be arranged so it does not interrupt business?

In some cases, a roofing contractor will work with you to make arrangements for the project to be completed after hours. However, this is only possible in some areas where daylight hours are extended to permit workers to accomplish work after your business is closed.

Because the project takes so long, will water damage be a concern with unfinished parts of the roof?

When a commercial roofing project starts, workers will work on sections of the roof at a time. Finishing each section as they go allows for the roof to remain protected from water at all times during the project. Therefore, there should be no concerns about water damage or leaks to unfinished areas when workers stop for the day.

With a bit of planning, your commercial roofing project can go off without a hitch. Planning in advance is the key to making sure that your business is affected as little as possible. Talk to a commercial roofing contractor (such as All American Roofing Incorporated) about any questions and concerns you may have about the project.