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New construction and development are steadily growing in South Florida, particularly between Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties. This region attracts thousands of people each year looking for investment, business opportunities, rental properties, and vacation homes. Research firm Dodge Data & Analytics, based on its monitoring of 2017 construction permits, reported $10.9 billion in South Florida’s tri-county area, up from $10.6 billion in 2015. In the residential sector, construction starts were up 7% to $7.1 million. This continuous growth shows that South Florida is a key market for property investment, tourism, and development. If you are in the commercial construction or development industry then a question that you may be faced with is how you should prep for commercial roof repair with minimal interruption to your business.
In the commercial sector, it is preferred to buy rather than rent as this has the highest yield of return. With ownership comes responsibility – zoning laws and building codes, can be complex to navigate. Commercial property is required by law to be up to code and an owner should always have insurance in place for liability and storm damage protection.
The roof of a commercial building should be made of the highest quality and durable material for South Florida’s subtropical climate. The three top materials to choose from are:
- Bur or gravel roofs, which are a popular choice for businesses. Bur is weather-resistant and good for covering a large surface area.
- Modified Bitumen (MB) is a type of asphalt modified with rubber or fiber, which makes it more durable against severe weather conditions. In addition, Modified Bitumen is best-suited to low-slope or flat roofs.
- TPO Single ply roofing is a reflective roofing membrane made from polyprophylene and ethylene-propylene rubber polymerized together. It is durable and allows the roof to be exposed throughout its life.
A Commercial Roof Repair Checklist
ABC Roofing Corp., family-owned, operated and state-certified in Florida, will provide expert service and installation for commercial property owners. They will guide you through each step of the commercial roofing repair process with minimal impact to your business. With proper planning and professional guidance, your repair project can go as smoothly as possible.
Below is a quick checklist to help you in the process:
- Establish a budget for your project including materials, labor, and determining the area that needs attention first.
- Choose a professional roofer that will keep you on target with your budget, up to code, and on time.
- Before you begin, have the required permits in order with your county’s Building and Zoning office.
- When having work done in high-traffic areas during peak hours of operation, plan ahead for those areas to avoid potential accidents.
- A nice, professional touch is to post signage for your customers such as Please Excuse Our Mess. Roof Repair Project in Process. Our apologies for the inconvenience! This communicates consideration and attention.