Friday, September 9, 2011

What to Consider When Selecting a Roof System (Part 4)

You know you need a new roof, but where do you start? The most common method is to call three roofers to get independant proposals and then compare. But how do you know what to get proposals for? How do you pick a roof system that is best suited to your building? A step-by-step look at the various factors that affect the roof (and the needs of the building) is the best approach to answering those questions.

Yesterday we discussed reviewing the existing roof as part of the process to select the right roof system for your building. Today we will review a construction checklist you should go over with each roofing contractor that submits a proposal to you.

Construction Checklist
  1. What type of deck do I have?
  2. What is the slope of the deck?
  3. What is the condition of the deck?
  4. Does the roof drain well?
  5. Do I have sufficient overflow capacity?
  6. How will the extra thickness of the roof affect overflows and flashing heights?
  7. What access is there for materials and personnel?
  8. How can debris be removed?
  9. Is there a lot of equipment on the roof to be flashed?
  10. Is the roof a wide open expanse, or small sections?
  11. Do I have parapet walls?
  12. What is the load bearing capacity of the structural system?
  13. Is there the possibility of abuse by repair people or vandalism?
We hope you enjoyed this four-part blog series on what to consider when selecting a roof system. If you have any questions, please call Patton Services at (309) 303-3128 or email

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