WHY SHOULD I OBTAIN A ROOF INSPECTOR?
Your new roof is a substantial investment and protects the building’s occupant(s) and belongings. A Roof Inspector can help provide quality assurance and direction during construction to ensure that the best roof is provided, giving you peace of mind. If your new roof is being installed to provide an Alberta Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA) warranty, then it is a requirement of the warranty provider to have the construction of the roof inspected. We currently have five ARCA certified Inspectors in Edmonton and two in Calgary, which makes us able to help you in every corner of Alberta.
DO I NEED ANNUAL ROOF EVALUATIONS?
Your roof is a key player in protecting your building from the elements, wildlife and occasionally from foot, trade or unwanted traffic, however it is one of the most forgotten parts of building maintenance. Make sure you protect your building’s most valuable component by regularly inspecting and maintaining it. We always suggest doing a quick evaluation yourself with every season change, and then having an annual inspection performed by a professional. A lot can change in the course of a year with ice damming, flash rain, high winds, aggressive animals and vandalism.
CAN I SPECIFY AND TENDER MY OWN ROOF REPLACEMENT?
Although possible, it is always suggested to gain the knowledge of a Roofing Consultant to specify and tender your roof’s replacement. This ensures a number of things that would otherwise be lost if you simply asked a group of Contractors to give you a price. When a Consultant specifies a project, they implement their experience and expertise into the design of a roof system, including structural consideration, wind uplift design, and drainage requirements. These items are all done to meet or exceed the most current building, plumbing and fire codes. A Consultant will also ensure that every Bidder is pricing the exact same system (“apples to apples”), and a level of quality can be maintained through the bidding parties. Our firm will ensure that Tenant requirements, environmental controls, safety and warranty minimums are specified to ensure that the projects impact on a Client’s operations are minimal, controlled and most important, conducted safely.
WHAT KIND OF WARRANTY SHOULD, OR CAN I GET WITH A NEW ROOF?
When looking at the types of warranties available for a roofing system, there are typically two primary warranty providers - the first is the product Manufacturer, who typically warranty their product(s) in different levels as well as occasionally warrantying some of the installation. However, this is dependent on many factors and on the Manufacturer themselves.
The second is a warranty program offered by the Alberta Roofing Contractors Association (ARCA), which provides warranty terms that cover the products, installation, flashings and accessories as outlined in their documentation. We recommend that both warranty programs be opted for in any replacement of a building’s roof. A roof is an investment, and a warranty is a great way to protect that investment.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WHEN REPLACING MY PROPERTY'S ROOF?
Removing and replacing an existing roof is an involved process that with the proper planning and coordination can be un-intrusive and seamless, especially if you consider using Goodwin Roof Inspections' project management services.
Replacing a building’s roof is typically done in sections where the existing membrane is cut using specialty equipment and the new products are installed. During the demolition of the roof system, some noise and dust is generated - this is where it is crucial that all parties are in communication, as this is when most of the material and equipment are coming and going from a site. Roof top units (RTU’s) may have to be disconnected throughout the replacement phases, which can affect some aspects of the building.
Through the final stages of the replacement, the buildings metal flashings are installed to give the elevation of the building its final appearance and provide the last piece of the roofing system.
CAN GOODWIN ROOF INSPECTIONS HELP MANAGE MY ROOF(S)?
Yes! Through the use of automatically renewing roof evaluations, Goodwin Roof Inspections and Consulting can track, itemize, plan your budget, tender, coordinate repairs and communicate the entire process to you, so that you can focus on items that may be a more valuable use of your time. An evaluation of your properties and establishing a time frame will allow us to monitor and maintain all of your properties roof systems, and report the information to you with your reoccurring evaluations so you know the condition of every properties roof.
DOES GOODWIN ROOF INSPECTIONS ALSO DO ROOF WORK?
We do not, however we can help in the process of getting it done! We provide roof replacement specifications, which allows Roofers to bid “apples to apples” and gets you pricing closer together. We are also a third party in this process, so we are not looking to make a buck off of the materials you buy!