Whether you work, shop, or go to the doctor in an office building, studio, or clinic, in a commercial building, the roof above you and everyone else must be able to protect you from the elements and it must be made of commercial-grade, sturdy materials. Fortunately for us, the safety standards established by the International Building Code, or the IBC, state that all businesses, no matter the industry, must maintain a roof that provides protection to the building itself as well as those within it. Additionally, the materials with which the roof is designed and how those materials are installed is all part of having a good roof over your head. Consistent inspections, roof maintenance, and timely repairs are part and parcel of the International Building Code’s requirements, as well.
Because of the frequent fluctuations in temperature that many Midwesterners have learned to live and work with, protective roofing materials for commercial businesses in Indiana are not only mandatory but practical. Even the best-laid rooftops can be damaged by heavy rains, incessant, hail, and the damage often caused by high winds. Indianapolis’ commercial rooftops need to be secure, rugged and installed by professionals who can ensure the safety and security of your commercial roof. That is where Jackson Contracting comes in.
While we understand that repairs to commercial rooftops can be costly in the short term, not repairing them can prove exorbitant in the long term. Jackson Contracting, Incorporated understands that roofs not only protect the exterior top of the building but the walls, fax machines, computers, telephones, machinery and every project being worked on, too. A little water damage, particularly in a commercial setting, can prove to be more than a little damaging. It is crucial that operations managers and building maintenance crews evaluate commercial rooftops at least twice a year in order to prevent minor damage from becoming extensive devastation.
The Best Types of Commercial Roofing Materials in Indiana
All rooftops take a beating from the weather, particularly the commercial ones in the Hoosier State. These rooftops must be built to code, maintain specific industry standards, and provide excellent protection. Yet because of these requirements and the weather conditions that cannot be ignored, determining the best type of commercial roofing materials for your business can be challenging. Here, we list just a few of the options Jackson Contracting offers.
From commercial metal roofing repairs to installations, our roofers can handle it all! Call us today and we will make an appointment for whatever commercial metal roofing service you need.
Interested in rubber roofing for your commercial property? Call us today! We provide rubber roofing installations, as well as repairs, so we can be a one-stop roofing service for you!
TPO/PVC roofs are a great option for commercial low slow roof replacements.
Whether you need repairs or installations, we are the asphalt shingle roof experts to call! Let us schedule an appointment to get an asphalt roof installed on your commercial property!
If your commercial flat roof needs to be replaced join the hundreds of building owners who see retrofit roof systems as a cost-effective, long-term option with many benefits.
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Metal Commercial Rooftops in Indianapolis
Commercial installation of metal rooftops is a wise, advantageous, and cost-effective decision. Metal is sturdy, long-lasting, and largely weatherproof. Additionally, metal roofs benefit commercial buildings because they tend to require less maintenance than other types of roofs, are eco-friendly, and conserve energy and cost. Jackson Contracting manufactures the metal we use for our roofing projects and that in turn allows us to offer top-notch materials at very reasonable prices. Add to this the fact that frankly, metal rooftops make the top of your building look pretty attractive, and you can add curb appeal to this already exciting commercial rooftop option.
Rubber Commercial Rooftops in IN
The laws governing the installation and repairs of Indiana’s commercial rooftops are meant to ensure the safety, security, and protection of the buildings and people who work in them. Jackson Contracting is licensed to provide roofing services to private homes and businesses alike and has found in both, that rubber roofing systems are an excellent defense against the elements. Not only do we provide both installation and repairs of rubber commercial roofing, but we also furnish customers with a certified checkup and review service to make sure their rubber rooftops are maintained at the highest standards of commercial roofing.
Additional Options for Commercial Rooftops in Indianapolis
There are a host of commercial rooftop options beyond metal and rubber. Asphalt shingles for example, come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, and can be made to match your building’s outer decor. Asphalt shingles are extremely durable and wind resistant, have a traditional commercial rooftop look and are less expensive than other types of commercial materials.
Retrofit commercial roofing is another option Jackson Contracting offers. Known for its cost-effectiveness and longevity, retrofit systems attach to existing flat or minimally sloped rooftops. Made of steel, these retrofit system rooftops consist of custom made panels that fit within a framework built over pre-existing commercial rooftops. Retrofit systems are often chosen because they are easy to maintain, environmentally friendly, and hold up well under all sorts of weather conditions.
Roof coatings, another service Jackson Contracting provides, can be sprayed over existing commercial rooftops that both waterproof and seal any gaps in your current commercial roof. Roof coatings can be expected to last for at least 10 years and have proven successful in sealing and protecting pipes, chimneys, and other parts of commercial rooftops.
Commercial Roof Damage and Maintenance in Indianapolis
Commercial rooftops are tasked with a good deal of building protection and as such, must be monitored carefully for any and all types of water damage. Standing water or bubbles that form in, around, or over pipes, gutters, or anywhere really on a commercial rooftop, indicate that water runoff is not as free-flowing as it should be. This is significant because an accumulation of water can cause leaks, damage, and erosion. In addition, shingle tears, gaping flashing, rips in metal seams and unattended weather damage can also wreak havoc on a commercial rooftop.
Signs That You Need a Commercial Roof Repair or Replacement
Some business and property owners have questions regarding the status of their roofs. More specifically, the question when it’s time to repair or replace their roofs. Fortunately, it’s a relatively easy question to answer.
For the most accurate answer to your question, you should consult with a professional. They can inspect your roof and help you determine whether or not you need a repair or replacement.
But there are other obvious signs your roof may be in disrepair. For instance, your roof may be old. As your roof ages, it is less likely to be able to withstand the pressure of time. In January, the average Indianapolis snowfall is 8.6 inches. Every year, the snowfall, sun, and rain can damage your roof.
While commercial roofs are usually made with quality materials, those materials don’t last forever. If your roof is old, you may need some repairs. Meanwhile, a roof near the end of its lifespan is likely to require a replacement.
Often, business owners realize they need roof work because they see visible damage to their buildings. For instance, you might see missing shingles. In addition to making your business look less aesthetically pleasing to customers, the damage is a sign of wear and tear. You need to repair or replace your roof to avoid more serious issues. The longer you wait to contact a professional, the worse the damage.
In the winter, icicles could be a sign of roof damage. Sometimes, heat from inside your business escapes through the roof. This causes snow to melt and collect in your gutters or on the edge of your roof. Eventually, it freezes up again and forms ice dams and icicles. They can cause harm to your roofing materials.
Discolored walls are also a reason to contact a roofing professional. If your walls have stains or discoloration, moisture is getting into your building. The entrance could be through a hole in your roof.
Customers and Roof Damage
In many cases, customers are the ones to notice roof damage. They tend to be the first to see missed shingles, discolored walls, and leaks.
But you shouldn’t wait for customers to notice the damage. If they see water or roof damage in your establishment, they may think less of your business. It’s a reflection on you and the way you run your business.
There’s also the risk of a lawsuit. If a damaged roof causes a leak on your floor, your customers could slip and fall. You should do what you can to prevent leaks and repair them as soon as possible.
Extending the Life of Your Roof
The life of a commercial rooftop can be extended by regular and consistent assessments of drain pipes, vents, and downspouts. Making sure that none of these are obstructed by leaves or other debris, and that water runoff is smooth are critical factors in the upkeep of a commercial rooftop. Using a contractor that is licensed to perform these assessments, proper installation, as well as necessary and timely repairs, greatly adds to the durability and sustainability of any commercial rooftop in Indianapolis. All that said, Jackson Contracting is licensed and ready to help your commercial building have the sturdiest rooftop around.
Using the Right Materials
Certain materials can handle the Indianapolis climate better than others. By using the right materials, you may be able to extend the life of your roof. A licensed contractor can explain more about your options and help you choose the right fit for your business.
With commercial buildings, there’s also the issue of aesthetics. Fortunately, there are many roofing materials that can give you the professional look you want. You can learn about the benefits and drawbacks of the various materials
Get a Warranty
If you get a roofing replacement, you should be able to get a warranty. There may be a warranty on the materials as well as the workmanship. This can extend the life of your roof in that you don’t need to pay out-of-pocket for repairs covered under the warranty.
Be sure to ask your contractor about their warranty. Find out how long they last and what issues are covered.
Choosing the Right Company to Extend the Life of Your Roof
There are several factors that can extend the life of your roof. However, one of the most important factors is the quality of work done by your roofing contractor. Whether you have a commercial roof repair or a replacement, the workmanship can directly influence the life of your roof.
Before you select a roofing contractor, consider your options. You should choose your company carefully, or you risk getting shoddy workmanship. To ensure you work with a professional company, only hire someone who is licensed and insured. Typically, a contractor will be forthcoming. You can call their insurance carrier and validate their coverage.
You should also high a reputable and local company. Before you agree to work together, you can ask other locals for their experiences. You can check social media and other resources to find testimonials. Furthermore, you can visit the company and speak with them directly. This can help you decide whether or not they will be a good fit for you.
It’s also important to work with a company that specializes in commercial roofing. Some businesses focus only on residential roof repairs and replacements. Unfortunately, they may not have the expertise necessary to handle your roof. They may not be able to handle the magnitude of the job or they could be inexperienced with the permitting requirements. However, a company who does frequent commercial roofing jobs.
Finally, you should only work with a company who will communicate clearly with you. When you call them for information, consider how they handle the situation. Did someone answer the phone when you called? If not, how long did it take to receive a callback? As they work on your roof, they should communicate clearly with you. If they don’t you could be left in the dark about important details. Just as your customers expect you to have good communication, you should expect the same of your roofing company.
Here at Jackson Contracting, we can handle your roofing needs. We know what it takes to get the job done well. Furthermore, we have experience working with many commercial properties. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you.
FAQ Commercial Roofing Indianapolis
What Types of Projects Require Commercial Roofing?
The International Building Codes set forth by the International Code Council requires all commercial buildings to meet a number of disaster-proof conditions. These conditions require rooftops to fit properly and have adequate weather protection that is safely installed and fire-resistant. In general, commercial rooftops must be able to prevent all sorts of hazardous conditions that safeguard anyone who enters the structure. These rules are in place for several obvious and important reasons.
What Kinds of Commercial Rooftops Can I Choose From?
Because commercial buildings are used for different purposes, they require different types of roofing materials. Fortunately, there are several types of materials from which to choose, all of which the staff at Jackson Contracting employ in compliance with the safety rules and regulations to which they painstakingly abide.
The following options do not include everything Jackson Contracting offers, but most definitely gives you a great point from which to start.
Metal rooftops are a great way to secure and cover a commercial establishment. They are cost-effective, known for their longevity, do not require a lot of upkeep, and promote comfortable temperatures that permeate through the building. Metal rooftops can also add resale value to your building by making it appear attractive and well maintained.
Given the fluctuating temperatures and weather extremes that occur throughout the greater Indianapolis area, commercial buildings need to have rooftops that can withstand the elements. Rubber rooftops are a terrific way to protect buildings for a number of reasons including cost efficiency, appearance, and durability.
Asphalt shingles are made of fiberglass granules and come in a number of shapes, colors, and designs. Able to withstand ice, rain, heavy winds, and hailstorms, asphalt shingles are a dependable option for any Indianapolis commercial rooftop.
Sprayed over pre-existing rooftops, coatings provide a protective barrier that covers the roofs of commercial buildings, as well as seams, pipes, and other features in order to keep the entire surface water-resistant. Roof coatings are made of silicone or acrylic and require proper inspections before they are applied. They are capable of not only protecting your rooftop from water, mildew, and moisture, but can stave off commercial roof replacements for longer periods of time.
Rather than replacing a commercial rooftop, some clients choose to retrofit their roofs instead. Owners of buildings with flat or near flat rooftops benefit from the low costs associated with retrofitted rooftops, as well as their ability to withstand harsh weather while also being “green.”
How Will I Know When It Is Time for Commercial Rooftop Repairs?
Being acquainted with the health of your roof is critical to knowing when to repair it. There are ways to determine the extent of your rooftop damage, at times, by simply seeing or feeling it. Deciding whether or not to replace a commercial rooftop, however, should happen only after a qualified, contracted, bonded roofer inspects your commercial building.
Some of the things to look for that may indicate the need to repair your commercial rooftop include:
- Icicle formation
- Clogged gutters and drains
- Wall and ceiling discoloration
- Missing or broken shingles
- Increased energy expenses
- Broken vents and chimneys
- Loose flashing
Warranties and Rooftop Longevity
One of the main contributors to the longevity of your rooftop involves the quality of materials, workmanship, and skills used during installation or rooftop repair. High-quality equipment should come with a warranty and be handled by contractors who know what they are doing and have more than enough experience with concerns and issues related to commercial rooftops.