When you replace the roof over your business or build a brand new building from the ground up, the roof you place over it is one of the largest and arguably most important investments you can make. Therefore, it’s not unusual to expect your new roof to be well-constructed and free from potentially-dangerous defects. However, roofing defects are one of the leading construction claim types in the entire construction industry.
If you’re replacing your roof or have just recently had your roof replaced, there are a few things you can do to prevent a roofing defect from damaging your property and slowing or even stopping your business while you conduct costly repairs. Here are three ways you can catch and eliminate roofing defects early in your roof’s life.
Perform Regular Inspections
There are two sides to a roofing issue: the contractor side and the property owner side. Most minor issues, such as ponding or worn flashing, are issues the property owner must deal with. A regular inspection can discover these issues before they become serious and repair them before they can cause serious damage to a roof.
However, even minor issues can scale and become serious problems. When a minor issue arises while a roof is still new, odds are this is a contractor’s problem. Roof defects occur frequently, usually from some form of a defective material or improper workmanship. When something like this occurs, a property owner can make a warranty claim and the contractor must fix the problem at no cost to the property owner.
Hire an Experienced Roofing Contractor
When you’re looking for someone to replace your roof, you might be tempted to simply award the job to the contractor who gives you the lowest estimated cost. However, this isn’t usually advised; a lot of sub-par roofing contractors will do work for cheap but you won’t often be happy with the results. In many cases these contractors are inexperienced and use cheap materials to keep their profit margins feasible.
An experienced contractor may cost a little more, but odds are you’re going to be far more satisfied with the result and they will honor any warranties they provide you with. Many contractors are also certified by the manufacturers whose materials they use, which means you also receive an extended warranty on any parts that are defective as well as the workmanship that installed them.
Take Advantage of Warranties
Do you know what kind of warranty your roof has? Do you know what is covered and for how long? What about any manufacturer warranties you may have also received as a result of choosing a particular contractor? These are all extraordinarily important questions, and you should know the answer off hand as well as keep multiple copies of your roofing warranty paperwork for the future. In the event your business experiences a roofing issue that will be covered under warranty, contact your contractor and file a warranty claim with them. This way you can get your roof fixed as quickly as possible and at no cost to you, which can help your business keep running smoothly and reduce the chances of being delayed by a major roof repair.
If you need a roof repair or replacement, the Midlothian commercial roofers at Elite Roofing and Consulting can help. We are a family owned and operated company that has served the Midlothian community for many years, providing trustworthy and high-quality roofing services for all types of jobs. Each of our technicians is highly-trained and certified to work with the materials they install on your roof, giving you the peace of mind of knowing your roof is installed properly.
Looking for a contractor that can provide exceptional quality workmanship and great customer service? Call Elite Roofing and Consulting today at 214.216.6004 to schedule your appointment.