Commercial roofing is different from residential in that the roof is designed to last considerably longer. This does not mean the roof will be permanent and not need anything from a minor repair to a major replacement. A commercial roof has four possibilities: replacement, recover, repair and recoat. Here is a bit of information on each of them.
Some damage is minor and will not need any major improvements. When choosing a repair consider the following:
- Membrane is intact and still within life expectancy;
- Insulation is still solid;
- Minimal cost.
Even damage that seems major can be easily fixed with a recover. The membrane can often be covered with a fresh membrane if the roof remains sound. We at Harbor Roofing and Siding can help make this determination by looking at:
- Solid insulation but the membrane is out of life expectancy;
- No previous recovering.
Unfortunately, not all roofing qualifies for repairs and recovery. Sometimes a major replacement is warranted. If the roof has been recovered previously, replacement is necessary. Here is why to replace a roof:
- Over 25 percent of the roof has sustained damage;
- Insulation is low, wet or lacks adequate coverage;
- Long term solutions to problems;
- Latest roofing technologies available.
A second coat can be a real savings for the owner and the roof because:
- Extended leak protection;
- Longer roof life;
- Coatings reflect heat;
- Less disruptive;
- Cost effective – cheaper than other options.
No matter what you decide to do with your commercial roof, it is best to contact a professional. We at Harbor Roofing and Siding will come to your location and do a full inspection of your roof and make a determination based on several factors. Ultimately, we want you and your commercial property to have the best solution available at a reasonable cost to you. Contact us today for help and a free no-obligation inspection.