What Factors Have an Impact on Roofing Costs?
For both repairs and replacements, here’s what commercial building owners should know
“How much?” It’s a question most of us are programmed to ask from a young age. And as we evolve from buying toys to electronics and cars, it is something that always retains its importance. Of course, the more expensive the item, the more important it becomes to know exactly how much you’ll be paying for it.
A roof is a clear example of this, especially one on a commercial building. Unlike a lot of purchases, there are no fixed prices for any sort of roofing work. Numerous variables come into play to determine the costs of repairs and replacements, and it is important to keep these in mind for your project.
The factors that affect roof repairs
Type and material
In most cases, commercial roofs are either flat or sloped. While a flat roof is generally less expensive to install, repairs can be costlier. They are also more susceptible to leaks, which could have an impact on the extent of the repair. The roofing material also plays a role. A sloped roof could have asphalt shingles, which are typically cheaper to repair compared to clay tiles, for example. If a building has a unique shape or hard to access areas, this could also affect repair costs.
Clearly, the more extensive the damage, the more costly the work will be. Often damage is caused by storms. Mother Nature can wreak havoc on roofs, leading to things like leaks, loose shingles, or dislodged gutters. Even if the weather isn’t a big factor, over time, roofs wear down and can be affected by the same problems. While certain issues may only require minor repairs, others could require major work. So, the bigger the job, the more time it will take, and this means higher labor costs.
Small roof repairs may not need a permit, but larger ones might, and rules and regulations vary based on the area. If a permit is required, it may be a flat rate or the price could be based on things like the scope of the work or the size of the building.
The factors that affect roof replacements
The bigger the roof, the larger the bill will be. In addition to the materials that will be necessary, there are other issues at play. The transportation costs involved in bringing those materials to the job site, for example, will add to the expenses. Then there are the logistics of getting the materials and equipment up where it needs to go. Plus, there could be a lot of debris to take away, so hauling costs also need to be considered. And of course, the manpower involved in the installation of a commercial roof is often extensive.
The best-case scenario with a new roof is when materials can be installed over the existing roof. Not only does this save money, but it can also result in faster work. A complete removal, on the other hand, involves a lot more work. On top of that, there are those hauling costs that will add to the total amount.
Even a one-story warehouse will require equipment to get materials up to the roof, but things can become quite challenging with, say, a 10-story apartment building. As a result, this means machinery, such as cranes, will have to be brought in.
Type and material
As with repairs, both the roofing type and material affect costs. There are a variety of different kinds of roofs, with built-up and modified bitumen typically the cheapest options. And while cost-effective in the short-term, it is important to also think about the future. For instance, single-ply membranes, including EPDM and PVC, might be more expensive, but they generally hold up better and have longer lifespans. It may also be tempting to go with a cheaper material – such as asphalt – but it won’t last as long as metal, for example.
A commercial roof can have quite a few penetrations, including pipes, vents, and machinery. Because the areas around them require more detailed work – especially in regard to waterproofing – this can add to the labor costs involved.
Insulation may affect the cost of a roof replacement in a couple of different ways. First of all, if it’s an older building, it may be discovered that the insulation isn’t sufficient and needs to be augmented. Secondly, in recent years many towns have implemented new building codes focused on energy usage that affect roofs. In order to comply with them, new insulation may have to be added.
Just as the weather does a number on your roof, it may also cause trouble during the replacement process, especially in wet conditions. In addition to perhaps slowing up the work, special precautions will have to be made to protect the roof – and particularly the sub-roofing – from any moisture.
Deciding between a repair and a replacement
Building owners never want to be told that they need a new roof, but sometimes it is inevitable. If you’ve noticed leaks or other issues with yours, it is time to have a professional come out to look at it. Roofing experts will be able to diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action to take. Sometimes an issue that looks bad only requires minor repairs. However, often major areas of concerns aren’t visible on the surface and need a more thorough inspection. To know exactly what you are dealing with, get in touch with Peck Brothers. We offer a full line of roofing services, including both repairs and replacements. You can call us at 201-791-3235 or just fill out our online contact form.