When your commercial roof starts nearing the end of its expected lifespan, it starts to walk the fine line between asset and liability. What’s the next right step to take when your roof starts to act its age? A wrong action could lead to unnecessary expenses, while inaction almost certainly have dangerous consequences. If you’re not sure which way to go with your commercial roof, use this helpful guide to get you started. Keep in mind, these solutions will specifically apply to traditional flat systems.
Scenario #1: Minor Deterioration, Fair Condition
You may have started to notice cracking and minor holes in the surface of your roof. Your system still has a few good years left in it. You normally don’t experience any problems with your roofing system. In this scenario, premature replacement would be wasting an unexpired company asset. Instead, you’ll want to consider roof restoration with a special coating. This will both repair the minor scarring and abrasions to your existing system and add up to additional years to its expected lifetime.
Scenario #2: Serious Damage, Does Not Normally Require Repairs
If you’re roof has experienced significant trauma (maybe from a storm or falling debris), you’ll want to determine how much value is still left in your roof. If you still have several years left in its expected lifespan, repairs will probably be the most cost-effective alternative. Afterwards, you might also consider a roof coating.
Scenario #3: Nearly Expired, Serious Damage, Needs Frequent Repairs
Over time, your roof has experienced significant degradation to its structural integrity and protective capability. You find yourself calling your local roofer on a regular basis for general repairs or leak patching. In this case, you’ll need to ask yourself a tough question: “Does the rising expense of maintaining my building’s roof outweigh the investment cost of a new system?” You’ll want to factor in enhanced functionality (and potential energy savings) into your calculations. Odds are, you’re going to find replacement to be cheaper in the long run.