Your commercial roof is a vital asset that protects your building and its contents from the elements. However, over time, your roof may suffer from wear and tear, damage, or deterioration that affects its performance and lifespan. How do you know if your commercial roof needs to be repaired or replaced? Here are the top 4 factors to consider:
1. The age of your roof. The average lifespan of a commercial roof depends on the type of material, installation quality, and maintenance frequency. Typical life spans can range from 15-30 years. If your roof is nearing or exceeding its expected lifespan, it may be time to replace it.
2. The extent of damage. Minor damage, such as small leaks or cracks can often be repaired by a professional roofer. However, if the damage is widespread, severe, or affecting the structural integrity of your roof, you may need a full replacement. Signs of major damage include sagging, ponding water, mold growth, insulation damage, and interior leaks.
3. The energy efficiency of your roof. A well-insulated and reflective roof can help you save money on your heating and cooling bills by reducing heat loss and gain. If your roof is poorly insulated or has low reflectivity, you may be paying more than you need to for your energy consumption. Replacing your roof with a more energy-efficient option can lower your utility costs and improve your building’s comfort.
4. The cost-benefit analysis of your roof. Ultimately, the decision to repair or replace your commercial roof depends on the cost and benefits of each option. Repairing your roof may be cheaper in the short term but may not address the underlying issues or extend the lifespan of your roof significantly. Replacing your roof may be more expensive upfront but may offer long-term benefits such as improved performance, durability, aesthetics, and energy efficiency. You should consult with a reputable roofing contractor to get an accurate estimate and recommendation for your specific situation.
If your commercial roof isn’t regularly inspected, issues can go undetected for months before you notice that there’s a problem. Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact our ASI Roofing team today to get your seasonal inspection scheduled! Click here or call 614-873-2057.