Palm Beach-area commercial property managers and owners know our region faces difficult weather. Because of our challenging weather, we have to ask for—no, demand—the very best in our Palm Beach commercial roofers. When interviewing Palm Beach commercial roofers to find the best, ask them for their performance standards on the four measures of code compliance, industry practices in materials and insurance, and securement.
1. Code Compliance
Florida and Palm Beach necessarily have strict commercial building codes. Roofers following best practices will stay abreast on all code requirements, to ensure your commercial roof has the best chance of withstanding the next hurricane. Some roofers glanced at the 2010 Code Modifications and thought they had done enough. Conscientious roofers will be up to date on the 6th Edition (2017) of the Florida Building Code.
2. Industry Recommendations
Several sources of “best practices” are available to all Palm Beach commercial roofers. Ask your prospective roofer if the company uses the technical bulletins provided by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer’s Association. This industry group provides important research findings for both built-up roofing (BUR) and modified bitumen commercial roofing products (since both use asphalt in their ingredients). Recent entries included best practices for dealing with rooftop solar panels, the effects of ponding water, and the effects of roof color and solar reflectance on accumulating moisture.
3. Insurance Advice
Another industry source is the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), whose Best Practices guide highlights methods of protecting against:
- High winds
Palm Beach commercial roofers who consider best practices will provide building owners with work that stands up to scrutiny by insurance companies and adjusters. Rates for commercial properties with roofs installed and maintained by quality roofers will be lower than rates for sub-par work.
Securement refers to the methods of attaching single-ply membranes at a roof’s edge, attaching flashing and coping and, in general, keeping the roof attached to your building. The IBHS recommends installation for high wind requirements. Many Palm Beach commercial roofers do not follow the IBHS’s best practices, which can be an expensive mistake for any business. Besides the risk of losing your own roof, wind-borne materials can destroy surrounding property.
To ensure your commercial property is worked on by one of the very best Palm Beach commercial roofers, contact PSI Roofers today. We follow best practices and train constantly to provide the very best service.