Commercial roofing is essential for keeping your business safe from the elements. When properly cared for and maintained, commercial roofing materials will remain durable and last for years to come. But, eventually, there will come a time when the roofing materials begin to deteriorate or become damaged past the point of repair. For business owners and facility managers, trying to determine when it’s time for a roof replacement instead of additional repairs can often be challenging. Luckily, we put together a few signs that indicate your commercial roofing system is due for replacement.
Higher Utility Bills
Commercial roofing does more than just protect your space from the outside elements, it also helps ensure that the temperatures inside remain at comfortable or desired levels. When commercial roofing material begins to deteriorate, the roof may struggle to keep that conditioned air from escaping out through the attic, which results in an increase in utility bills throughout the year. If you notice a hike in your utility bills despite improved energy efficiency throughout the facility, or that the building’s HVAC system is constantly running to keep the building comfortable, a commercial roof replacement may be required.
Since most commercial roofs are flat, ponding water is a huge concern for many business owners and facility managers. As a roof settles, water may begin to start collecting on the surface, soaking into the roofing material. This, of course, adds extra weight. While ponding water is not a problem if it is caught early on, it can potentially lead to leaks throughout the attic space and cause the supportive structure to become weakened. While commercial roof repair can often prevent pooling water and reduce the risk of damage, once the damage is done, the roof often needs to be replaced.
Old Roofing Materials
Though most roofing materials are designed to last for many years, the will break down with time. The average commercial roof lifespan falls between 20 to 25 years — sometimes more with the proper care and maintenance. Once the roof approaches this age, the potential for structural damage increases. If you are unable to remember the last time you replaced the roof or know that the materials are well over 20 years old, it’s time to call a professional and schedule a roof replacement. By replacing the roof before major issues develop, you will save money on the cost of repairs in the long-run, which reduces the overall downtime experienced by a business.
Spotting Leaks Inside The Building
As a business owner or facility manager, one of the last things you want to have to deal with is leaking water through the roof. However, if you notice signs of water damage or are constantly having to clean up puddles after it rains, you may be in need of a roof replacement. While small leaks are a simple repair for roofing professionals, they often are an indicator of underlying damage. Replacing the roof will both eliminate leaks and spare you the inconvenience of frequent roof repairs. Remember, leaving leaks unaddressed puts your equipment, inventory, and the structure of the building at a risk.If you have noticed any of these issues at your facility or are concerned about the condition of your commercial roof, contact S & S Roofing! Our experienced contractors will come to your location, inspect the roof, and help you decide if the problems can be repaired or if it’s best to schedule a full roof replacement. To schedule an inspection, contact us!