Whether your building needs an extensive roof repair or a full roofing system replacement, it’s highly likely that you’ll have to start the project while the building is occupied. While it’s possible to complete a full roofing project on an average house in one or two days, it takes more time to finish one if you’re dealing with a commercial building.
One of the major issues with this kind of roofing project is the disruption it can cause to the tenants. So how do you deal with this project? Is there a way to minimize the disruption? Here are some suggestions:
Explain the Situation to the Tenants
It’s not enough to send out a memo informing tenants about the project, especially if it’s a full roof replacement that will take at least a couple of weeks. You have to explain to them some of the details that matter, such as the schedule (start and end dates), the kind of noises, odors and debris they can expect, where the roofers will access the roof and what kinds of equipment will be used. Inform them if some areas of the building or the parking lot will be off-limits during the work, and if the building’s HVAC system will be turned off. If so, when and for how long?
Consider the Activities in the Building
Different buildings might need different considerations. For example, if you’re working on a school building, it’s a good idea to schedule the roofing project for holidays and breaks, or at least during the weekends. For bars and restaurants, schedule the work before or after their busiest times, such as the lunch rush. If you are unsure about the peak hours of the establishment (such as hospitals), it’s best to talk to the person in charge.
Install Protective Barriers
To prevent dust and debris from contaminating the tenants’ areas, and to reduce the noise coming from the roof, install barriers such as wood or plastic sheets. Even if you have these in place, don’t forget to warn tenants that some dust and noise might still reach them.
No matter how challenging it may be, there is always a way to keep your tenants happy during a roofing project, or at least keep them informed and ready. And that starts with good communication.
For your roofing projects, get in touch with roofing contractor Anderson Restoration LLC. Call us today at these numbers: Houston/Cypress: (281) 376-7474 or Grapevine: (817) 226-2111. You can also discuss your project here.