Do You Need a Complete Commercial Roof Replacement or Repairs?

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Deciding whether to replace a roof or get commercial roof repairs is sometimes difficult. It stands to reason that a full commercial roof replacement is generally more expensive at the outset, but trying to repair a roof that is actually failing could cost you more in the long run. Therefore, you’ll want to consider several factors to determine which way to go.

How Often Do Commercial Roofs Need to Be Replaced?

The main determining factor is knowing what the roof is made of. While there are many variables involved, including warranty length, there are also general commercial roof replacement guidelines based on material. These guidelines include:

  • PVC Roofing: Up to 30 years
  • Metal Roofing: 30 to 45 years
  • Modified Bitumen Roofing: 20 years
  • EDPM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) Roofing: 15 to 25 years

Signs a Commercial Roof Needs to be Replaced

When it’s time to replace a roof, look for some of these telltale signs:

The Roof Has Reached the End of Its Lifespan

As mentioned above, each type of commercial roofing has a fairly predictable lifespan. If your roof has reached or surpassed that age, go ahead and replace it.

Inclement Weather

Severe weather can cause damage across the entire surface of a commercial roof. Instead of trying to patch thousands of hail holes, or rebuilding just part of a roof that was destroyed by a fallen tree, opt for a new roof.

Water Damage & Mold Growth

Water damage is insidious because it often covers far more area than the visible wet spot. Mold, once started, can also travel further than its original location. Rather than try to chase down the spots that water or mold could be, invest in a commercial roof replacement.

Decline in Property Value

If the condition or appearance of your roof is bad enough that it’s causing a decline in your property value, it will likely be a good investment to replace it before you try to sell. Buyers love it when roofs are newly replaced, and are more likely to make an offer.

Common Types of Commercial Roof Repairs

In some cases, it may be more cost-effective to opt for commercial roof repairs. Here are some of the most common repair issues you’ll find for commercial roofs:

Ventilation Repairs

Roofs need good ventilation to prevent water condensation and mold. If you see water condensing where it shouldn’t be, you may need this type of commercial roof repair.

Flashing Repairs

Flashing creates a seal between the roof and anything sticking through it, such as a vent or chimney. If it needs repairs, you may see the flashing flapping in the wind. Leaks next to protrusions are also major signs of flashing failure.

Roof Leaks

Wet spots, or worse, dripping water, indicates a roof leak. Sometimes, these can be fixed without replacing the entire roof.

Gutter Issues

Gutters are designed to send water from the roof to a desired discharge point. If they need to be repaired, you may find water coming down outside where you don’t expect it. Gutters can also clog, which tends to cause water to spill over and drip along the edges of the roof.

Should You Get Repairs or a Full Replacement?

The best way to know whether you need repairs or a full commercial roof replacement is to schedule a comprehensive roof inspection from Summit Commercial Roofing. 

We’re a family-owned and -operated roofing company that has been serving the region for more than 50 years. We specialize in both commercial roof repairs and replacements, and let you know which option is the most cost-effective choice for you.

Contact Summit Commercial Roofing Today

Regardless of whether you need to repair or replace your roof, you should always get help from industry professionals. Our team at Summit Commercial Roofing has been helping businesses in Detroit, MI, and beyond for over five decades.

Call (734) 272-4025 or fill out our online form today to request a quote or schedule an inspection.

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