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Repair Vs. Replacement: What Does Your Commercial Roof Need?

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Every commercial building needs a safe and well-maintained roofing system. Without it, properties, tenants, and other items would have no protection against harsh elements like hail, rain, and sun. Therefore, you should be concerned if your structure's roof shows signs of failing. Unfortunately, that often happens because commercial roofing systems wear and deteriorate over time. Eventually, they develop leaks, moss growth, pooled water, shrinkage, and damaged gutters, among other problems. Fortunately, roofers use two solutions to fix such issues: repairs and replacement. Keep reading to learn more.

Fundamentals of Commercial Roof Repair and Replacement

Roof repair is a process most experts use to fix minor roofing problems like broken gutters and missing chimney crickets. Generally, roofing contractors first inspect your roof and map the area that needs repair. Then, they pick an appropriate approach and use it depending on what is compromising your roof's integrity. For instance, if a worn sealant is causing leaks, a roofer may caulk or tar any affected areas. Roof replacement is more complex than repair because it involves tearing up the existing roof covering, fixing damaged substrates, and installing fresh roof covering. This project often affects numerous essential components, including the roof decking, flashing, underlayment, drip edge, roof vents, and ice and water shield. Note that only experienced contractors should handle both roof repair and replacement. The reason is these professionals have the gear and equipment required to fix a commercial roof safely. Plus, reputable roofers provide warranties and use top-notch roofing products. 

How to Pick Between Roof Repair and Roof Replacement  

The following factors help you decide whether to repair or replace your commercial building's roof:

1.       Your roof's age

A commercial roof's exact lifespan mainly depends on the roofing material, installation quality, and maintenance frequency. That means, for instance, a properly-installed, well-maintained commercial metal roof can last up to 45 years. If you have this roof system and it has outlived its maximum serviceable life, repairs won't do any good. The best option is to replace it. On the other hand, if your roofing system is nowhere close to its terminal years, fixing any damages through repairs is more reasonable and cost-efficient.

2.       Your roofer's expert opinion

Reputable roofing contractors handle roof repairs and replacements regularly. That puts them in a better position to inspect a commercial roof, assess its condition or extent of damage, and recommend repair or replacement. On the other hand, if you are not a trained roofer, you may downplay or exaggerate damage extent and end up picking the wrong solution. Therefore, whatever experts advise is more likely to work than advice from a roofing non-professional. Besides, a roofing company can provide both repair and replacement estimates and help you pick the most cost-effective solution.

To learn more about commercial roofing, contact a roofing contractor in your area.