10 Signs Your Commercial Roof Needs  Replacement

10 Signs Your Commercial Roof Needs  Replacement

Navigating the complexities of maintaining a commercial roof can be challenging for property managers. Understanding when a roof needs repairs or a complete replacement is crucial for maintaining property value and functionality. With insights from our in-house experts at Custom Curb, Inc., this guide explores 10 signs that your commercial roof needs attention, helping you make the decision to repair or replace.

Quick Answers for Repair vs. Replacement 

Sometimes, the solution is simpler than you might expect. As part of your decision to repair or replace your roof, answer these questions:

What is the roof’s age?

The lifespan of a roof is typically around 20 years. Consider replacement to avoid ongoing costs that come with old roofs.

How much damage does the roof have?

Extensive damage is considered over 25% of the roof. You may not be able to repair this much damage. The safer option is to replace the roof.

How long will you use the building?

Choosing to have a new roof installed may be worth the investment if you will be in the building for years. Replacing the roof can save you on repairs. However, if you won’t stay long, don’t take on this expense.  

What do you know about the roof’s history? 

If the roof has a history of issues and repairs, replacement may be your best bet. You don’t want to toil with constant maintenance costs.

How intact is the roof’s membrane and insulation? 

If the membrane of the roof or insulation are lacking, simple repairs aren’t likely to help. Opting for a new roof will mean getting ahead of ongoing problems, including for the roof’s safety and life. Not to mention, issues with the roof’s membrane or insulation can lead to higher electricity bills.

How does climate affect the building?

Choose the replacement or repair option that is best for your building’s weather patterns. For example, you may be concerned with how humidity or snow affects a roof.

What is the repair or replacement’s warranty?

Consider whether the roof’s repair or replacement is worthwhile for how long it should last. Always keep the warranty information on hand. At Custom Curb, we have a 10 year warranty on all our products.  

Signs Your Commercial Roof Needs Replacement

Roof replacement is more expensive than repairs but may be a worthwhile investment. Here are indicators you should opt for roof replacement:

  1. Widespread leaking suggests systemic failure of the roofing system, indicating damage that is often irreparable. Opting for roof replacement in such cases can prevent recurring repair costs and safeguard the building from further structural damage.
  2. Extensive damage, such as over 25% of structural deterioration, repair might no longer be a viable option. Replacing such a roof can restore its integrity and functionality, ensuring long-term protection and performance.
  3. Old age in a roof which is nearing or beyond its expected lifespan, typically around 20 years, is cause for frequent and severe problems. Replacing an aged roof can avert the increasing maintenance issues and costs associated with old roofing systems.
  4. Sagging roof is a clear indication of structural issues, often too severe to be fixed with repairs. A replacement not only resolves the immediate structural concern but also prevents potential safety hazards.
  5. Large rears or holes in the roofing material generally signal that the roof system is failing. Replacing the roof at this stage can prevent the escalation of internal building damage and maintain structural safety.
  6. High energy bills can be a sign of poor roof insulation and efficiency. A new, energy-efficient roof can significantly reduce energy costs, providing long-term financial benefits.
  7. Frequent repairs aren’t simply inconvenient. It’s often more cost-effective in the long run to replace the roof. This approach eliminates the cycle of ongoing repairs and ensures a more reliable and durable roofing system.
  8. Severe storm damage, or roof damage caused by other extreme weather events, might lead to the roof being beyond the scope of effective repair. Replacement in such cases ensures the restoration of the roof’s structural integrity and resilience.
  9. Major structural issues, such as compromised roof decking, cannot typically be resolved with simple repairs. A new roof can address these fundamental problems, ensuring the building’s safety and longevity.
  10. Upgrading for compliance is essential. Older roofs may not meet current building codes or energy efficiency standards. Replacing such roofs can bring your building up to current standards, ensuring compliance and improved performance.

Focus on Long-term Property Value

Deciding whether to repair or replace a commercial roof involves careful consideration of various factors. Property managers must weigh the roof’s age, the extent of damage, and future property plans. Whether it’s a minor repair or a full replacement, understanding these signs and factors is key to effective property management. With Custom Curb, Inc., you can ensure that your roofing decisions are supported by quality, expertise, and a focus on long-term property value.

In both scenarios of repair and replacement, Custom Curb, Inc. offers robust solutions. Our high-quality roof curbs can be integral in repairs, providing enhanced durability and preventing common issues like leaks and structural damage. In replacement scenarios, our products ensure compliance with current standards, offering long-lasting and efficient roofing systems. Discover how Custom Curb, Inc. can assist in maintaining the integrity of your commercial roof here.

Call us and get your quote!

Email us with your product information request. We will respond as soon as possible, usually within the same business day.