Do You Need To Replace Or Repair Your Commercial Roof?

At some point, all buildings will need to have their roof either repaired or replaced.  If your current roof is old and has chronic leaking problems, it will need to be replaced.  This is also necessary when the roof does not have sufficient insulation or is not energy efficient.

Why You Need To Replace A Failing Roof

There are many reasons why you should replace your failing roof.  It will increase the value of the property and protect your inventory, clients, employees, and business from potential loss.  You will also see a reduction in roof maintenance costs and higher energy efficiency which saves money on bills.  A replacement also offers peace of mind which allows you to focus on other aspects of your business.

If you are thinking of replacing the roof on a commercial building, you need to consult a professional roofing contractor first.  The roofing contractor will be able to assess the existing roof structure and learn more about the use of the building, the weather and your budget. 

A thorough roof inspection should be carried out and provide you information about:

  • The roof membrane
  • Any deck problems
  • Structural issues
  • Leaks
  • Noticeable damage
  • Warranty information

Commercial Roof Replacement ContractorsIf you often have water leaking through the roof, the inspection should look for moisture trapped in the structure of the roof which can cause a lot of problems in the future.  It is possible that the roof membrane appears solid, but there could be infiltrating moisture under the existing membrane.  Core samples should be taken from the roof in a number of areas to properly determine the condition of the roofing system.

If there is moisture in the insulation, this is a good indication that the entire roofing system will need to be replaced.  If this is the case, the roofing contractor should complete an interior inspection for any damage such as watermarks and defective ceilings.

Another element that the inspection has to look at is the roof deck.  If there is any noticeable damage to the roof deck, the roof deck will need to be repaired or replaced.  One major issue that you need to be aware of with a damaged roof deck is mold which can cause a lot of problems and cost a lot of money in the long-term.

Experienced Commercial Roof Replacement Contractor

The roofing contractor that you work with should discuss what steps they will need to take.  They should also talk about any existing warranties that you have in place that could assist with the work you need.  If you are responsible for a construction project or manage a commercial property, you need to work with the right roofing contractor and ensure that they carry out a thorough inspection.

When it comes to the commercial roof system that the roofing contractor suggests for your business, certain factors should be taken into account.  These factors include the regulatory codes, reflectivity, wind uplift and which system will work best for you. 

There are 4 roofing systems that are commonly suggested:

  • Single-ply which has a single waterproof membrane which is welded at the seams to provide a flexible, light and low-cost roofing solution.
  • Built-up which is a multi-layer system of waterproofing and strengthening materials which offers better protection.  This roofing system is recommended if your roof has high-traffic areas.
  • Modified bitumen which is the best of both worlds.  This system will offer durability and flexibility which can make it the best solution.
  • Metal is more of an investment, but will be worth the cost.  It offers a longer lifespan and will have less maintenance.

Once you have determined which system will work best for your roof, you need to get a written estimate.  The estimate should outline all the work and expectations of the project.

Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors, (512) 333-7663, is a commercial roof replacement contractor and commercial roof replacement company serving Austin, Texas and the surrounding Austin, TX area cities. We have been providing quality professional roofing services since 2003.