How To Select The Right Roofing System
OTHER PARTS OF THIS ARTICLEPt. 1: Most Important Roof Selection CriterionPt. 2: This PagePt. 3: Proper Preventive Maintenance For RoofingPt. 4: Roofing Resources For Facility Managers
How do you select the right roofing system for your facility? What are the criteria to consider?
When selecting a roofing system, there are many points to consider.
Geographic Location: This includes whether the property is located on the west coast or east coast, the north or south. But it also includes local considerations, such as the building's orientation and if there are nearby trees.
Local Environmental Laws: What is allowed as far as applications, odors, VOCs.
Building Characteristics: These include the slope of the roof, the shape of the building, the elevation and the level of accessibility to the roof.
Appearance: Is the roof visible from the ground or visible from other buildings such that you have concerns about looking industrial or maybe want more of a green look to it with vegetation?
Use of the Roof: How much foot traffic is going to be on the roof?
Use of the Building: A hospital or a resort has different concerns with roofing and reroofing than an office building or a shopping center, as far as disturbance to the inhabitants. A library or a bank many times have concerns with the equipment set up, the noise, the disturbance to the customers. It's another thing to look at environmentally. One roof may be easier and quieter to install than another, all things being equal.
Weather: Does a particular roof type have a vulnerability to hail, ice or snow damage? A particular type of roof may not be selected because of the incidence of hail in that area. Even if the owner is insured against hail damage, what is going to be effect of the inconvenience of having to go through a reroof?
Quality of Maintenance: What is the quality of maintenance that will be available? Will there be an in-house maintenance crew that can be trained and is interested in the condition of the roof?
Utility Costs: Is a reflective/cool roof important? For example, is the facility an office building where the owner is paying the utility cost or is the tenant paying the utility cost? It's a whole different animal. Some owners are very concerned about their tenant's utility costs as a selling point to keep their occupancy. Others don't care what their tenants have to pay; they just want a cheap roof.
Answers provided by Ric Vitiello, President, Benchmark Services, Inc., a forensic roofing consulting firm