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3 Ways to Save Money on Your Commercial Roof Installation

by Howard Barnett

Does your small business need a new roof, but you don't have a hefty budget? There are some ways that you can keep costs down without sacrificing quality, durability, or appearance. You will need to consider the style of your business' roof and what pros and cons for a roofing material matter the most to you

Keep Non-Visible Roofs Simple and Cheap

Many businesses have flat roofs that do in fact have a slight slope but not enough of a slope for the roof to become visible to people standing on the ground. You can therefore focus on function rather than appearance. Metal roofing works well on flat roofs as the shingles or planks offer waterproofing and drainage assistance.

Cool roof coating also works well on a flat roof. The cool roof coating is essentially a light, reflective paint or painted material that promotes drainage, waterproofing, and energy efficiency of your HVAC system. Cool roofing keeps the upper areas of your business from becoming overly hot during any season due to the roof reflecting the sun away from the building.

Consider Roof Style for Visible Materials

If the roofing will be visible to those standing on the ground, you need to consider the roof style as well as your budget. Asphalt shingles are a low cost composite roofing that work well on roofs that don't have steep slopes, which can pose a wind damage risk to the lightweight shingles. Gable roofs, for example, only pair well with asphalt if the slopes have windbreaks nearby. But asphalt works with most other roofing and looks attractive with customized color, texture, and pattern options.

Wood roofing is another fairly versatile roofing material that comes in mid-range in pricing but does require more maintenance than most other roofing materials due to the wood's propensity for warping with repeated elemental exposure.

Use a Combo Approach if Necessary

Does your business have one part of the roof that isn't visible and another that's highly visible? A mansard roof exemplifies this type of setup. The mansard has a flat roof upper and four vertical sides that drop over the sides of the building and create a major point of visual interest. You could still use cool roof coating or metal roofing on the flat roof but you would want to use something more attractive on the sides.

Using a combination approach can save you money, especially if you decide to use an attractive luxury material like slate tiles on the visible sides of the roof. Contact a contractor like Heritage Painting & Waterproofing for more information.