Information for Minnesota Townhouse and Condo Owners about Maintaining and Repairing Flat Roofs

Is Your Townhouse Or Condo Facing a Roof Replacement Project in the Near Future?

Most flat roofs consist of membrane systems (EPDM, PVC, TPO, etc) that have a service life of around 20-25 years. When it comes time to replace them, here are a few things you need to take into consideration in choosing the replacement roof system:

  • Costs – what are the initial installation costs and the future maintenance costs?
  • Life cycle – how long will the new roof last?
  • Durability – does the roof get a lot of foot traffic, or very little? Is there a high risk of vandalism? What type of material should be used?
  • Drainage – does the roof drain poorly? Would it benefit from tapered insulation?  Is there adequate drainage?
  • Insulation – is adding more insulation possible?  Can you re-use the existing insulation?
  • Wind Conditions – What are the anticipated wind speeds at the building? How will the roof system be attached to the building?
  • Structural Loading – what type of loading can the building withstand? Will the new roof weigh more or less than the existing roof?
  • Other Building Envelope Areas – are repairs needed at any of the above-roof walls, doors, or skylights at the roof?
  • Warranty Options – what types of warranties and service agreements are available from the roof manufacturer and the installer?
  • Aesthetics – Is the roof highly visible, or is visual appearance really not that important?

Maintaining and Repairing Flat Roofs

Many commercial units consist of several different types of roofs. No matter what their age, a trained and experienced Minnesota roofers will identify the problem areas of any type of roofing or cladding allowing them to offer you a realistic program of maintenance and repair.

If you have questions about your building’s condition, in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas of St. Louis Park, Edina, Minnetonka, Bloomington, Plymouth, Excelsior, Wayzata, Eden Prairie, Chanhassen and Chaska, consult a reputable Minnesota townhouse and condominium roofing contractor about these improvements.

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