Some Tips for the Property Manager when it’s Time for a Roof Replacement
Property managers are responsible for roof upkeep. As you know, the roof is the most important part of the building because it affects the entire building. Small issues can quickly become huge (and expensive) problems. All issues should be responded to in a quick and efficient manner.
There are few who know a property as well as the property manager. Part of the responsibility of being a property manager is monitoring the roof. When you see that it is time for the roof to be replaced partially or entirely, you should look at several roofing contractors and do your research. Here are a few tips from industry insiders.
Do your due diligence when picking a roofing contractor
Make sure you always check the license of prospective roofers to make sure they are certified and are professionally licensed to be working on roofs. Also, you need to verify that they have all the appropriate insurance coverage and liability coverage.
Look for roofers who have worked in your community and have an excellent local reputation. Always check references and look online to find reviews. A good company will be open about their record and be proud of their work. Ask to see pictures of previous projects.
Pick the Right Roofing Material
Your choice of material will likely depend on the existing roof structure, but some of the most commonly-used roofing materials are shingle, liquid applied membrane, modified bitumen and single-ply. Our knowledgeable roofing professionals can advise you on the pros and cons of each type, and help you choose the most durable and cost-effective option for your particular needs.
Make Sure You Communicate With Your Residents
We recommend that you communicate with your residents that the roof replacement is occurring to avoid excess frustration. Additionally, we encourage you to give them an ample notice well in advance of construction. Be generous and account for any potential slow-downs in construction progress. It’s always better to finish ahead of schedule than needing more time.
Have a Maintenance Plan on Hand
A roof requires regular maintenance to stay in tip top shape. We recommend that you schedule professional roof inspections on a biannual basis, typically in the fall and spring. Most manufacturers require this for their roof warranties. Additionally, you should perform regular visual inspections to notice any small issues. It is best to nip any issue in the butt before it escalates to a more expensive problem.