Frequently Asked Roofing Questions
Rainville-Carlson provides answers to the most frequently asked questions about commercial roofing services, materials, costs, and contractors.
There is no “best” roofing material. You should choose a commercial roofing system that fits your needs, operations, and budget. Whether you’re looking for energy efficiency, longevity, or eco-friendliness, the knowledgeable Rainville-Carlson team is here to help you choose the material to meet your requirements.
The lifespan of roofing systems varies based on the material, installation quality, upkeep, and other factors. Rainville-Carlson is partnered with the industry’s most trusted material manufacturers, so you never have to worry about subpar materials. And our preventative maintenance program prolongs a roof’s service life, minimizes repair needs, and ensures your roof continually functions at peak performance.
When properly installed and maintained, the expected roof life of materials are:
As a property owner, it’s not always easy to know the right solution to your damaged, leaking, or aging roof. Luckily, Rainville-Carlson’s roof inspections and free consultations are available to advise you on the critical decision of repair vs. replacement.
As a rule of thumb, repairs shouldn’t be performed if more than 25% of the roof is damaged. However, minor impairments or less substantial damages are suitable for repair. Installing a new roof should be considered if your roof is at or past its expected service life, has significant issues, or you want to improve the performance, efficiency, or protection.
If a roof replacement isn’t in your budget and repairs aren’t a long-term solution, you may be eligible for a roof coating. Coatings are applicable with several roofing systems, prevent leaks, and help lower utility costs. They’re also easy to apply, meaning there’s little to no disruption at your property.
When investing in a new roof, repairs, or coating, you want to make sure the contractor you choose has a solid reputation and proven track record. Checking the Better Business Bureau, asking friends, and speaking with contractors about their licenses, insurance, certifications, and experience can all help shape your decision.
You should be wary of estimates that seem too good to be true. Roofers that lowball their bid have a reputation for demanding more money once they’ve started, no-showing after receiving payment, or providing low-quality services. They often offer warranties and promises that exceed reputable contractors as a way to entice consumers. If something doesn’t feel right, trust your instincts.
Since 1927 Rainville-Carlson has built a reputation of excellence in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and the eastern Dakotas. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest quality workmanship, materials, and customer service. But you don’t have to take our word for it; check out our Google reviews.
Rainville-Carlson is one of the very local roofing companies that offer financing options. Our internal financing department provides various payment options at competitive interest rates. We also extend short-term lines of credit to help you get the roofing services you need without financial strain.
No commercial roofing project is the same. As a business owner, it’s essential to control your costs while also ensuring your building is safe from leaks. Several factors determine the cost, including:
Winters in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Dakotas can be downright treacherous at times. Heavy snowfall, driving hail, and thermal shock can leave your roof worse for the wear. Treating your roof to preventative maintenance in the early fall before winter weather arrives prepares your building for the coming cold and precipitation. Once the snow begins to fall, our removal services prevent the added weight from harming your roof.
The more longevity, durability, and energy efficiency a material provides, the more expensive it is. The upfront costs of installing highly durable, long-lasting, efficient, and resistant systems like metal and slate may be higher than single-ply materials, but they provide long-term value.
Rainville-Carlson is happy to work with you to choose the roofing solution that caters to your requirements, budget, and objectives.