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No business owner or manager wants to broach the topic of installing a new commercial roof. Most people would rather repair their roofs than replace them, and that goes for commercial companies as well. However, sometimes installing a new commercial roof can be a better choice than continually paying for repairs that are not going to hold in the long run. You can’t keep tossing band-aids on your roof and hope for the best, at some point you need to think of a commercial roofing solution that will stick. In the long-run, it may actually save you a lot of money down the road.
Trying to decide if you should replace or repair your commercial roof? Commercial roofing is a large expense and it pays to think about it carefully. You can always contact a roofing company and ask their opinion, but here a few things that you can start thinking about on your own. The following are just a few factors that should help you decide whether it is time to replace or repair your roofing.
Age of Your Commercial Roofing
The very first thing that you need to consider when you are looking at commercial roofing replacement is how old your roof is. Age is one of the best ways to determine if your roof should be replaced or repaired. Like most man made things, a roof will only last so long. Commercial roofing solutions are made to last for decades, and some rubber roofs will last from 25 to 35 years, but at some point, they will still need to be replaced.
If your commercial roof is over two decades old, then at this point you need to heavily start thinking about replacement over repairs. A roof that is only a decade old still has a reasonable lifespan in front of it making it more likely that repairs will hold and be worth it. However, a roof that is already aging will need repair after repair and eventually, it will look more like a patchwork quilt than a roof which is not the end goal. Depending on your commercial roofing budget, you may need to think about a repair right now, but you should start budgeting for an eventual replacement if it is on the older side.
Your Commercial Roofing Is Leaking
Residential or commercial, your foot should not be leaking. The number one purpose of your roofing is to provide shelter for your business, warehouse, or factory. If it is leaking, then it is failing and it may be time to take replacement seriously. If you suspect your roof may be leaking but are not sure, then make sure to pay close attention during the next rainfall in Dallas, TX.
Look around your roof for signs of dampness near spots where you suspect leaks and around interior walls. If you only see evidence of one leak there is a good chance that a repair will be enough to tide you over right now, but if you notice multiple leaks then this is a sign that your roofing is starting to break down. You don’t want to repair multiple leaks because this usually signifies that more leaks are on their way. You will end up fighting an uphill battle. However, you should have a roofing inspection before you make your final decision because a professional roofer can take a much more detailed look at your roof and determine its overall condition.
Can you see issues with your roofing without even going up to look? If you can see damage to the flashing or notice blisters or bubbles in your roof then you probably already know that your roof needs a lot of attention. If you have a flat commercial roof you might even take a look at it yourself, if you feel comfortable. Of course, we recommend having a professional do it because you don’t want to get injured. Our commercial roofing experts are used to spending a lot of time in the air and we are happy to come out for a consultation. At any rate, whether it is storm damage or obvious areas that are wearing down, if you see damage on your roof, this is a very good sign it is time for a replacement.
Is Roof Replacement My Only Option?
Still, concerned about roof replacement? It may be helpful to know that while roof replacement is sometimes the best long-term solution, there are a few things that you can do to help your roofing last a little longer before making the major investment. In fact, there are two great options that you can talk to a roofing company about to see if it is an option for your business.
As the name implies, roof re-covering is the process of adding another membrane to the top of your roofing with the intention of covering up damage and extending the lifespan of your roof. If your roof only has one layer and the insulation has not been damaged this may be an option, but you should be aware that only one cover can be added so this is a one-time solution.
The second option is roof coating, which is the process of applying a liquid membrane across the top of the roof to help add an extra protective layer. It is very similar to sealing your teeth to help prevent cavities. However, the same way that a sealing won’t fix a cavity, roof coating won’t help if your roof has visible damage or damaged insulation.
If you are debating the merits of replacing or repairing your roofing, give Longhorn Commercial Roofing of Dallas, TX a call. We are always happy to work through the options with our customers and find a solution that fits your needs and budget.