Commercial Roof Inspections
and Consulting Services
Need to know the roof’s current condition or life expectancy? Need a new roof but don’t know which roofing material to use? Do you want an unbiased opinion on the condition of a roof? Our independent inspectors can provide any inspection or consulting service you can think of relating to a roof. We have no monetary ties to bias our opinion. We will inspect your commercial roof and report all the deficiencies: existing repairs, areas in need of immediate repair, make a determination if it’s time to replace the roof, and provide cost estimates. Our service areas include, Tampa, Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Fort Myers.
Suncoast Inspections has on several occasions inspected the entire building for an investor and discovered the roof required replacing. The investor then hired us to write the specifications for the new roof, provide 3 bids from competent, licensed local roofing contractors and then hired us to oversee the completion of the roof replacement. We can assist you in selecting the right material for your roof.
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TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)
The photo above is the newest product for large commercial roofing, TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin). It is mechanically fastened or self-adhering. Depending on the condition of the existing materials, at a minimum, it typically requires a recovery board or additional layer ISO (Polyiso insulation). It is cost affective but one of its disadvantages is it is relatively new technology. It has been around prior 2000 but it had issues with durability. Manufacturers were leaving out some of the expensive additives, consequently, the product was removed from the market. However, it is now making a comeback. Manufactures offer a certified 20 year warranty.
TORCH DOWN MODIFIED BITUMEN
Above are two examples of a Torch down roof. It is a type of roofing that consists of levels of modified bitumen–similar to asphalt–heat-adhered to layers of fiberglass. Used only for flat or nearly-flat roofs, torch down roofing is an excellent means of preventing moisture build-up and obviating the need for constant maintenance. Different versions of this product have been around for over 50 years. Most manufactures offer a 15 year warranty with optional 20 year coverage.
There are a wide range of metal roofs ranging in style, quality and fastening options, as well as, the thickness of the metal, how it’s coated, and exposed fastening verses hidden. Metal roofs are sold having 30-40-50 year’s life expectancy but they are only as good as the membrane under the metal. The metal will last, however, the membrane underneath will fail first. Exposed fasteners will corrode and the neoprene seals will fail after 15 years. Replacing fasteners can cost as much as $5.00 each. Standing seam roofs are more expensive but will last longer than the corrugated roof.
Suncoast Inspections can provide consulting for sight of roof coating services similar to the photos above. We caution; the coatings are only as good as what they are applied to. These products are sold as an alternative to re-roofing but are only a temporary fix. The best use for these products is to apply them while the roof is less than five years old. It will extend the roof’s life expectancy and could extend the manufacturer’s warranty.
Whatever your needs, Suncoast Inspections will provide high quality inspection services and will strive to exceed your expectations.