Extend the Life of Your Commercial Roof With These Tips

A long-lasting commercial roof keeps your property safe. Avoid costly emergency repairs and extend the life of your roof by working with a professional roofing team in your area. Have your roof inspected by Summit Commercial Roofing and discuss the state of your roof, the type of roofing you currently have, and what you can do to extend your commercial roof life.

Determine the Type and State of Your Roof

First, it’s important to understand the type of roof you have. There are many materials that can be used to protect your business, so the typical commercial roof life can vary. Waiting too long to maintain your roof or choosing a less-than-optimal material can have serious consequences in terms of the longevity of your roof. It can also cause significant interior damage due to water leaks.

Common Commercial Roof Types

Invest in a quality material that protects your assets. Work with a leading contractor in your area to better understand your current roof material and the best option for a repair or replacement service. Here are the most common roof types:

  • EPDM roof systems
  • Modified bitumen roofing
  • Metal roofing
  • PVC roof systems

Some materials are expected to last 10 years, while others can last 40 or more. Because of such a wide commercial roof life range, the material current covering your roof may begin to break down any time between these ranges. Not all materials are available for all commercial roofs. Metal roofing, for example, isn’t suitable for a flat roof. Install this durable option on a sloped roof for long-lasting protection.

Signs of Maintenance Issues

Ask a reliable roofing contractor to inspect your commercial roof. A qualified commercial contractor will be looking for these common signs that you need a roofing service:

  • Ponding water
  • Brown ceiling spots
  • Water ingress
  • Vegetation or plant life on your roof

These signs point to a roof that needs to be maintained or replaced. Work with Summit Commercial Roofing to establish a maintenance service plan to extend the life of this critical part of your building.

Work With a Contractor To Compare Services

There are many services that can extend commercial roof life, so it’s essential to work with a dependable contractor to compare services. Here are some common services that help you get the most out of your investment.

Protective Coating Application

Applying a silicone restoration membrane or another coating can smooth out your roof surface and extend its life. Some coatings focus on filling cracks to extend your commercial roof life, while others improve heat reflection to reduce indoor temperatures and HVAC costs.

Applying a protective coating requires thorough cleaning and other preparation steps. A coating is a surface solution that shouldn’t be used if you have a structurally compromised roof.

Minor Roof Repairs

For more serious issues, consider a roof repair service. A professional contractor may recommend this service if you have a small area of damaged roofing, but the rest of the structure is still intact. Replacing a metal sheet, a few shingles or a portion of EPDM roofing is a more cost-effective solution than a full roof replacement.

Full Commercial Roof Replacement

There are only so many steps you can take to extend your commercial roof life. At the end of its life, your commercial roof needs to be completely removed and replaced to insure leak-free, energy-efficient performance. Ask a contractor about your roof replacement choices. Don’t assume you need to replace your roof with the exact same material, but use this opportunity to consider a roofing material with an increased lifespan. Update your roof to maintain your facility and keep your business safe and secure.

If you’d like to schedule an inspection of your roof today, please call (734) 531-7327. You can also contact us online for more information on the services we provide.

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