When Should You Consider Replacing Your Commercial Roof?
What is the Best Time to Consider Replacing Your Commercial Roof?
Replacing the roof on a commercial building may be far more complex than replacing the roof on a residential building. You’ll have to consider the condition of the roof, as well as the projected cost of maintaining it and repairing it for the rest of its life, but you’ll also need to consider the way that the work you do will affect your employees’ tasks and your business’s customers. Will there be a great deal of downtime for your company as your commercial roof is being replaced?
Will the equipment used or the noise created affect your business’s productivity or overall flow? A skilled commercial roofing contractor can provide you with feedback about your unique roofing needs. However, here’s some information about what you may want to think about as you decide when it’s best to replace your commercial roof.
Signs of Damage
You should have regular roofing inspections scheduled so that you know the condition of your roof, and so that you know about any issues that you have early enough to take action. If you notice specific types of damage, it could mean that the roof is close to the end of its life and that it may need to be replaced sooner rather than later. A skilled contractor can help you see the signs of damage to your roof.
Pay careful attention to the following signs your roof has problems:
- Bubbling: Shingles may bubble up if dampness or moisture becomes trapped beneath them. This isn’t just an unattractive look, it also makes your roof more at risk of damage during high winds during storm season. It’s possible that you can fix the issue simply by replacing a few of the shingles, but you may also need to consider replacing the entire roof.
- Ponding: Water that hits your roof should run off of it and down through your gutters. If this doesn’t happen, you may experience standing water, known as “ponding”. Standing water in pools on your roof’s surface will cause the materials it’s made of to damage far more quickly. This often happens because the foundation has issues or has become weak, or because the roof itself was not installed properly.
- Shingles or tiles that are torn or missing: A heavy storm may tear off tiles or shingles, leaving your roof at risk. Losing tiles or shingles may also be a clear sign that your roof has reached the end of its life and the material it was made with is beginning to degrade. You may also need to examine your gutters for pieces of shingles, as this is another sign of deterioration.
- Loose or broken flashing: The area of your roof around the chimneys and vents, as well as other areas that intersect, are the usual places where damage and wear occur. If you have flashing that is loose or broken, you may already have more damage than you realize and your roof may need to be replaced.
- Leaking: A leak may be obvious due to staining on the walls or ceiling of your building. It may be even more obvious, actually, with water coming in through the ceiling during a storm. Leaks may be fixable, or they may be a sign of a major problem.
The best way to learn if these issues can be fixed is to have a commercial roofing inspector examine your building’s roof. This will give you a good idea of what the problem is, if the damage has spread, and if it is severe enough that you need to replace the entire roof.
Commercial Roofing Contractors With Experience and Reliability
If the commercial roofing contractor informs you that you’ll need a new commercial roof, you’ll want to think about the timing of it a great deal.
If you have a small building, it could be an eyesore to have the work going on, as well as inconvenient for your customers and employees, so you’ll need to work around it. If you’re in a larger building, however, it may not be something that they even notice.
Ponder what your business has going on before setting up a time for the roofing. You’ll want to plan to have the roofing work done when it causes the least amount of inconvenience and makes the best possible impression.
A commercial roofing company can work with you to decide the best timing to both fix your roof and cause as little of a disruption as possible.
Our friendly, skilled professionals can examine your roof and then give you recommendations for the commercial roof repairs that you need. We’ll work with you to weigh the costs of repairing the roof vs replacing it, as well as the life expectancy of both options. We’re also able to manage maintenance and repairs for all types of buildings, commercial and residential. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs and to get a free estimate on the work you need to be completed.
Armadillo Roofing & Exteriors (512) 333-7663, provides commercial roof repair, commercial roof installation and commercial roof replacement services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities and has been providing commercial roofing services to the area for over 15 years. When you have questions about replacing your commercial roofing system, give us a call for a consultation.