I’m Glad I Wasn’t Under It. Cheap Commercial Roof Repairs Get Messy

A leaden sky greets you Monday morning in an industrial section of Dallas. You’re the first one into work today, ready to brew the coffee for your co-workers. The rain over the weekend, sporadically heavy, remains on the flat roof of the 1960s vintage office-warehouse. Patched numerous times, where will the leak be today? Alarmingly, any one of the water stained, bulging ceiling tiles might be the next to yield. Over the last North Texas winter, a collapsed ceiling tile, discovered in Rosetta’s office, missed her desk, mostly. Fortunately, James was first in, shoveling the remains of the saturated tile, mopping the floor clean, and positioning an empty trash can to collect the dripping brown liquid. When will this roof be repaired correctly, or replaced?

Interestingly, these problems, though not uncommon in older buildings, are evident whenever a commercial roof was installed incorrectly, was repaired cheaply, or was not inspected regularly. Accordingly, standing water, usually unnoticed, adds considerable weight to the roof, contributes to rust and rot, and may be a simple matter of a clogged drain. At a minimum, annual inspections, offered by any reputable commercial roofing company Dallas TX, assure that accumulated debris is removed, drains are flowing, and problem areas are mitigated. Moreover, checking reputation can be as simple as a glance at the company’s Better Business Bureau rating. Welcoming your call, commercial roofers with the best reputations respond after a hailstorm, after periods of heavy wind or after the occasional hurricane off the Gulf.

Meanwhile, complete roof replacement, or constructing that new building presents a multitude of choices developed over the past 20 years to meet the rigorous demands of the North Texas climate. An alphabet soup of options, TPO, EPDM, Mod Bit, and industry jargon, ‘two-component urethane elastomer’, common with less than reputable commercial roofers trying to appear knowledgeable, is not practiced by trustworthy roofing contractors striving to create a business relationship with their customers. Conversely, the features and benefits of, for example, white elastomeric roof coatings (ERCs) for the local climate, explained in common terminology, better enable the customer to execute the best decision, developing a long-term relationship for maintenance services and repairs. Notwithstanding keeping out the weather, considerations for deciding the type of roof best suited to the purpose includes the variety of heating and cooling equipment to be supported, issues always addressed by the full-service roofing contractor.

Ordinarily, the commercial customer reviewing proposals notices that a roofing contractor is licensed, bonded, and insured, meanwhile the safety and security record of the contractor frequently goes unnoticed. Professional, full-service commercial roofers are proud of their safety records and low turnover among their employees and are pleased to present them.

An oft-repeated phrase is that a roof, over the life of the building, accounts for 90% of the building’s problems. Accordingly, the full-service commercial roofer, offering both metal and membrane style roof options, inspection and repair services and warranty fulfillment, provides the best option to meet the long-term needs and budget of the commercial customer.