Signs that You Need a New Commercial Roof

Signs You Need a New Commercial Roof

A commercial roof is designed to cover a large area and keep your storefront, factory or other workplaces free from water damage for years to come. However, if you see any of these signs, it’s time to contact a commercial roofing contractor for commercial roofing services. At Summit Commercial Roofing, we can promptly patch, repair and replace your commercial roof to ensure minimal downtime for your business location.

Shingled Commercial Roofs

Shingles are a common, cost-effective roofing option for both residential and commercial roofs. If your commercial building has a shingled roof, watch out for these signs:

  • Curling
  • Cracks
  • Split shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Moss growth
  • Missing gravel
  • Bubbled shingles

Each of these is a sign that your shingles are near the end of their usable life or have a damaged spot that needs prompt repairs. Signs of routine wear, such as curling, cracking and splitting, typically mean your entire commercial roof needs replaced.

On the other hand, missing gravel, missing shingles or moss growth are typically signs of localized damaged. These issues still need to be addressed immediately but may be signs that you only need a patch rather than an entirely new roof.

Steel Commercial Roofs

Steel is a popular option for many commercial buildings due to its long term durability. Whether you have standing seam metal roofing or exposed fasteners on your corrugated metal roofing, here are some common signs that it’s time for commercial roofers to remove and replace your metal roof:

  • Tears in the metal surface
  • Corrosion
  • Missing or damaged flashing
  • Loose or missing fasteners
  • Bent, warped or loose metal sheets

Each of these signs point to a replacement job. While some metal roofing can be patched, an entire replacement can be a better way to ensure your roof is completely protected from water, corrosion and other damage. The paint of your older metal roof sheets can also fade, which makes a patch job look particularly out of place.

Repair or Replace?

Some issues can be solved by replacement only. While repair jobs can be a quick fix that is more affordable than a full replacement, there are many instances where a complete commercial roof replacement is necessary.

If your local building code restricts layering over your old roof, you’ll need to hire a commercial contractor to completely replace your roof. As a commercial location, your building may be required by local laws to completely replace your roof rather than patch or cover it.

Dangers of an Old Commercial Roof

A roof that is past its prime needs to be replaced quickly in order to prevent additional damage throughout your commercial space. An old roof can cause water to enter your building envelope. Whether from rain, snow or a combination of the two, water can damage many areas of your commercial building. Insulation, once wet, decreases its effectiveness. Sheathing can become waterlogged, which can cause mold and diminishes its structural integrity. Your electrical wiring, once wet, becomes a fire and electrocution hazard to you, your employees and your customers.

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Inspect your roof today to see if you need a commercial roof replacement service. Review the age of your roof as well. Roof shingles can be expected to last about 20 years, while metal roofs can last 50 or more years. Both of these estimates depend on your local climate, so consider contacting a local contractor for a more accurate, local estimate.

When you’re ready for premium commercial roofing in Michigan, receive a quote from Summit Commercial Roofing. Our team of contractors can provide professional, affordable and long-lasting commercial roofs for your business. Whether you need a replacement roof for a small storefront or an expansive factory, we specialize in hassle-free commercial roof installation to fit your schedule and your needs.

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