While most of us spend plenty of time indoors, it is not often that we spend time thinking about the roofs over our heads. Surprisingly there is a lot to learn about roofs, how they are designed, what purpose they serve, and how to make them last for many years to come. Here are 5 facts about roofs that you may not have known.
1. Roofs Are Designed to “Breathe”
While your roof is built to keep the elements out, it is also designed to allow warm and cool air to circulate indoors and outdoors. This ventilation allows air to circulate which prevents warm air and moisture from becoming trapped near the roof which can cause damage. Without this proper ventilation, the interior of a roof might become the perfect place for mold and mildew to thrive.
2. A Roof Can Be More Than a Roof
While a roof is a shelter, keeping the elements out of your building, it is becoming more common to find roofs that serve multiple functions. One way that commercial roofing is being utilized is by adding solar panel systems to reduce the costs of energy consumption. Another use for commercial roofs is the practice of installing green roofing systems which are an ecological way to reduce temperatures, save energy, and contribute to biodiversity.
3. Bad Roofs Can Significantly Depreciate Buildings
If you’re interested in maintaining or increasing the value of your building with the hope of selling it one day, then you should have a vested interest in preventing roof damage as much as possible. A roof that is damaged, either with rot or water damage, can depreciate the value of a building. During the appraisal stage of a purchase, a roof may be inspected and signs of water damage or rot may be enough for a buyer to amend their offer or pass up the purchase altogether.
4. A Good Roof Can Last 20 to 30 Years!
“You get what you pay for” is a rule of thumb to live by. That’s not to say that you won’t find a deal that is a great value without being the most expensive option… but it certainly applies to purchasing products that are made cheaply. In the case of commercial roofing systems, a quality roof that has been professionally installed can last decades. In many cases, the roof will last between 20 and 30 years with proper maintenance and care.
5. Professional Commercial Roof Installation Can Actually Save You Money
While it may seem counterintuitive, paying for an experienced, local, commercial roofing company can save you money.
One of the mistakes that consumers often make when purchasing a new roof for their building is going with the cheapest option to save money today. What they don’t realize is that they may be purchasing a roof that will cost them more money tomorrow.
A quality roofing system is an investment and it’s important that you purchase a durable roof that is professionally installed as this will ensure that your roof’s lifespan reaches the full 20-30 years it should.
Want to find out how much a new roof could save you over the lifetime of your building? Contact the General Roofing Go. Team today.