When is it Time to Replace Your Company’s Roof?

While commercial roof replacement can be overwhelming and time consuming, it is sometimes a necessary task, because our roof is vital to protecting the rest of the structural integrity of your building. Commercial roofs typically consist of large surface areas and their constant exposure to the sun rays and the rest of the outdoor elements can leave them vulnerable. What may initially seem like a small, simple leak that is easy to fix, could actually be the symptom of something larger affecting your roof. Since commercial or industrial roof leaks can be detrimental to your business, it is important to know what causes them to wear down, and when it is time to stop patching up leaks and replace the entire roofing system. 

What Causes Roofs to Break Down?

Water

It can be considered common knowledge to understand that time combined with inclement weather will gradually break down your existing commercial roof surface. A lack of maintenance over this span of time can jeopardize your commercial roof even further and lead to the degradation of important parts. If you have an older roof, aged sealants can result in water leaks and chemical exposure into your building. Once this water starts to leak in, it can prove to be extremely difficult to put a stop to it. It’s best to attempt to prevent this from happening in the first place. 

Mold

In addition, when there are any cracks or crevices that form in your commercial roof, the flat roof membrane can become exposed to the elements, allowing water to leak in between the layers which can result in a build-up of potentially deadly mold. Pay close attention to the air quality within your commercial or industrial building, and have your roof checked for mold if you or anyone else develops worsening allergy-like symptoms while indoors. Another thing to keep an eye out for is your energy costs consistently going up when your usage hasn’t changed and your HVAC is running normally, as this is a sign that your cool air is escaping and heat from outside is coming into your building, all through your roof.

Age & Time

The age of your roof also factors into your commercial roof requiring a replacement. Most commercial roofing systems last somewhere between 20 and 30 years. Even if your roof appears to be in good shape, there could be unresolved issues under the surface, and repairs can only go so far before a roof needs to be replaced. As your roof ages, it is good practice to have it regularly maintained and checked by a professional. This can ensure that any small issues are being addressed as they come up and that they do not develop into larger problems. Doing so can extend the lifespan of your roof and delay the need to replace it. 

Storm Damage

One of the biggest and most impacting causes of damage to commercial and industrial roofs is storm damage. A storm can cause widespread damage to your roof, as well as exacerbate any existing damage. While the initial occurrence may not seem to be a cause for concern and call for repairs, residual storm damage can lead to a replacement roof quite quickly if not properly and promptly repaired. If the damage from a storm looks like it heavily affected your commercial roof, it might time for a replacement. 

Replacing Your Roof

When replacing your roof, it is important to consider the best type of roof for your commercial building. Your building’s needs must be met with a roof that can withstand acts of nature as well as protect you from any acids, oils, or grease that may be present on the roof. It is difficult to choose a new roof, as there are many options to choose from, and General Roofing offers guaranteed, long-term commercial roofing options. If your commercial or industrial roof has experienced consistent water leaks, is infested with mold, has taken damage from recent storms, or is simply past its expiration date, contact our roofing experts. We can guide you through the roof selection and replacement process and have your business building as good as new in no time at all. Let us know what we can do for you today