Ohio weather changes constantly. This poses a problem for your roof. A problem that ASI can help with.
How long do roof’s last?
The average expectancy of a roof is 10-45 years. The reason for this range is because of the materials used to build the roof. In our last blog TPO roofs explained, we discussed the benefits of selecting a TPO roof, in which one of the benefits is that TPO roof’s last on average 15-20 Years. EPDM and PVC roofs will last 20+ years. Metal roofs can last 30-40 years. It is important to note that no roof will last forever so it’s important to weigh your options. TPO is one of the three single ply membrane roof options we offer at ASI, and we encourage you to contact us so you can make the most informed decision for your business.
What effects the lifespan of a roof?
There are several factors that play into the lifespan of your roof which is why there is always a given range for expectancy. The most common factors are:
Weather: High winds, heavy rain, heavy snow, and hail. Long exposure to these elements will wear down your roof overtime which is why it is so important to have an annual or bi-annual roof inspection done.
Maintenance: Regular inspections can prevent a small problem from becoming a costly big one. This is often overlooked as not a big deal or just another way a roofing company can get money from you. The last thing you want is your commercial building to be deemed unsafe because of serious roof damage that can compromise the structure of the building entirely. Not to mention the allotted downtime that would cost your business greatly if the small problems are ignored.
Installation: It will cost your company more in the long run if you cut corners with a cheaper installation. A big factor of a roof’s lifespan is if it was installed correctly which is why it is imperative that you choose a reputable contractor like ASI to ensure you get the maximum lifespan for your roof.
Ventilation: As you can probably guess, moisture is bad when it comes to roofs. Ensuring that your business’ ventilation is installed correctly is extremely important. Roof leaks are generally caused by failing wall flashings or roof penetration flashings such as HVAC equipment or building venting systems. In fact, experience has shown that 90% of all roof leaks originate from flashing conditions.
Should you repair or replace?
As an existing commercial roofing system nears the end of its useful service life cycle, there are several options that can be explored to protect your roof system and building asset. First, a full roof evaluation/ assessment should be completed to determine the best solution for your building and your budget.
The most common long-term options are a liquid-applied membrane restoration, a new roof system over-lay, and a complete roof system replacement.
Every roof system is different, so ASI goes the extra mile to complete a full analysis to provide the best solution for your business.