Commercial roofing material is intended to be long term, durable and reliable. However, sometimes they create issues amid their life expectancy. Issues can emerge when a roof is applied wrong, outlined inaccurately, or not appropriately kept up. When you reach a point where you must decide how to proceed with a commercial roof repair or replacement, there are four alternatives: full substitution, re-cover, repair, or coat. It’s critical to answer these questions to help you decide which route to take.
• What is the true damage to the roof?
• Is the insulation sufficient?
• Are there occupants in the building?
• Is the owner looking for a long-term or short-term solution?
• What is the building used for and where is it located?
• Does the building generate moisture? If so, it may not have the right roof.
Here are the options and the benefits of each to help determine the best path to take.
Repair. Some problems on a roof can be minor and easily repaired, so they don’t warrant the expense of a replacement.
When should you repair a commercial roof?
• The membrane is basically in good shape and has not met its life expectation
• The insulation is good
• To keep your costs as low as possible
Less costly than a re-cover or replacement
Extends the life of the roof
Re-cover. Not all damaged roofs need replacing. If the roof is fundamentally sound and has good installation, the most effective solution is to re-cover. In many cases, if a roof has only one membrane you can put another on top. However, keep in mind that a roof can only be re-covered once. Here are some reasons you may choose to re-cover a roof:
The roof has good insulation, but the membrane has met its life expectancy
The roof has not been re-covered prior
• Cheaper than a full replacement
• Less disruptive than a full tear-off
• Less risk of a roof being exposed to the elements
• New, extended warranties are available
Full replacement. Sometimes a roof isn’t a good candidate for a re-cover if the damage is too extensive. If a roof has been re-covered once before, you need to replace it.
Good reasons to replace a roof:
• Repairs to the roof are extensive; as a rule of thumb, if 25% or more of the roof is damaged it’s best to replace
• Insulation is not up to par or wet
• If you are looking for a long-term solution and want to utilize the latest technologies
Is the best option if an owner plans on keeping the building for the long-term
Lower maintenance cost
Least likely to have problems
Coating. Many commercial roofs can be coated to extend their life. Here are some reasons to coat a roof:
• Extra protection from leaks
• Extends the life of the roof
• Reflective coatings provide energy savings by reflecting heat and UV away from the building
• Improves comfort inside the building by reflecting the sun’s rays away from the roof, keeping the roof and the building cooler
• Improves aesthetics
• Less disruptive than a tear-off
• Cost effective … often less expensive than other options; rebates may be available and might be written off as an expense in year one (see an accountant)
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