5 Key Signs It's Time for a Commercial Roof Replacement

Jun 27, 2024
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As time goes on, all roofs start showing signs of wear and tear. That's when you need to step in and fix things up pronto.

As time goes on, all roofs start showing signs of wear and tear. That's when you need to step in and fix things up pronto.

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As time goes on, all roofs start showing signs of wear and tear. That's when you need to step in and fix things up pronto. 

Keep reading to learn about the five key signs that indicate it might be time for a commercial roof replacement.

Age of the Roof

The lifespan of a commercial roof depends on various factors, including the materials used and the local climate. Most commercial roofs have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. If your roof is approaching or has surpassed this age range, it's a clear signal that you should start considering a replacement. Experts recommend regular roof inspections to assess the roof’s condition and plan for necessary upgrades or replacements.

Persistent Leaks and Water Damage

Leaks and water damage are obvious red flags that your roof may be failing. If you notice water stains on ceilings, mold growth, or damp spots on the interior walls, it's a sign that your roof's water-resistant barrier may be compromised. 

According to a study by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, water damage is one of commercial buildings' most common and costly problems. Ignoring persistent leaks can lead to more extensive structural damage, impacting the roof and the building's overall integrity.

Decreased Energy Efficiency

Businesses are increasingly focused on sustainability and energy efficiency. An aging or damaged roof can decrease energy efficiency, increasing utility bills. When your roof is not in top-notch condition, it becomes less effective in keeping the indoor temperature stable. This means your heating and cooling systems must work harder to maintain a comfortable environment inside the building. As a result, you might notice a steady increase in your utility bills, reflecting the extra effort your HVAC systems are putting in to compensate for the compromised roof.

Visible Wear and Tear

Consider getting in touch with a professional roofing inspector to perform regular inspections of your commercial roof to identify signs of wear and tear. Cracked, blistered, or missing shingles, as well as sagging sections, are indicators that your roof may be compromised. 

Neglecting visual inspections can lead to premature roof failure. Addressing minor issues promptly can extend the life of your roof, but if the damage is widespread or severe, a replacement may be the most cost-effective solution in the long run.

Increased Repair Frequency

While routine maintenance and occasional repairs are expected for any commercial roof, an uptick in repair frequency may suggest underlying issues beyond normal wear and tear. When your roof demands more frequent attention, it's a clear signal that the cumulative effects of age, weather exposure, or structural compromise are taking a toll. 

Persistent repairs not only become a financial burden but can also lead to business disruptions, inconvenience to occupants, and potential damage to valuable equipment and inventory housed within the commercial space. If your repair costs exceed a threshold or you schedule repairs more frequently, invest in a new roof that provides long-term stability.

Recognizing the signs that your commercial roof may need replacement can help you maintain the long-term integrity of your building. When the time comes for a reliable and professional solution, consider reaching out to Roof Squad—your trusted partner in commercial roof replacements. Your roof deserves the expertise of Roof Squad, so contact us today.

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