Replacing the roof on a multi-family property can be an involved and complex process. Many factors differentiate a roofing project on a single-family home from one on an HOA-managed community.
One of the most important is choosing, installing, and maintaining the correct roofing system for your property. Throughout the process, working with a qualified roofing contractor will ensure everything is done correctly. Additionally, you must equip yourself with the knowledge needed to understand your property. Many different roofing systems can be applied in a multi-family setting.
Asphalt Shingles are the most common multi-family roofing material used in Colorado and the United States. Due to their affordability, they are a popular choice. In addition to that, they are relatively simple to install. They are available in various colors and styles and are made by multiple manufacturers.
Unfortunately, they have a relatively short lifespan of 15-40 years. In Colorado, it is imperative to consider their durability against hail or wind storms. Asphalt shingles do not perform as well as most other systems in the long term. Because the property’s exterior is typically the association’s responsibility, longevity should be a consideration when choosing roofing materials.
Metal roofs are often used for multi-family roof replacements, not only because they are appealing to look at but are also durable. They have an average lifespan of 50-70 years! They are available in various materials, including aluminum, steel, copper, and zinc. It also comes in many color options, making your metal roof customizable. Because of this flexibility, a metal roof system can be a perfect fit for a multi-family home roof replacement!
Metal roofs are often more expensive than other options, but their longevity is superior. Another factor to consider is your location’s probability of severe weather. Metal roofs offer excellent protection against the elements. Because of this, a metal roof can be a good choice in our Colorado!
Synthetic roofing is a type of roofing material made from materials such as rubber or plastic, or a combination of both. They are designed to mimic the look and texture of natural roofing materials, such as wood shake, slate, or clay tiles.
An advantage of synthetic roofing is often its affordability. They are often less expensive than their natural counterparts. They also offer improved durability and performance in severe weather. However, some homeowners may prefer the look of raw materials. Some historical multi-family properties may have architectural guidelines that do not allow synthetic roofing.
There are many types of flat roofs for multi-family roof replacement. The most common include Built-Up Roofing, Modified Bitumen roofing (ModBit), EPDM Roofing, PVC Roofing, and TPO Roofing. Each has its advantages and disadvantages.
When replacing a multi-family flat roof, partnering with a qualified, local roofer is essential. They will assist you in choosing your replacement roof based on factors such as durability, cost, energy efficiency, and the climate and weather conditions in your area.
Several other roofing systems can be used on a multi-family replacement, including wood shakes, tile roofing, and slate roofing tiles. These systems are less common due to their cost, installation difficulty, or poor performance against severe weather and natural disasters such as fire.
Whichever system you choose, ensure you consult with a professional roofer who is experienced in multi-family roof replacements with any of these systems.