There are times when commercial property owners have to decide between getting a roof repair or a complete replacement. Determining the cost of replacement versus ongoing costs of repairs, combined with the potential disruptions, means that deciding on repair or replacement is a process that requires important consideration.
Deciding to Repair or Replace Your Commercial Roof
There are numerous factors involved in roof repair and replacement. The longevity of an existing commercial roof is the best way to determine if choosing a new commercial roof is better than replacing an existing roof. But before you decide, let us help you find the best strategy to suit your specific needs. There are several questions that need to be answered first:
- What condition is the current commercial roof?
- How bad is the current damage?
- What is currently in the building?
- Are you interested in a long term or a short term fix?
Once you have answered these questions, we can proceed with the process. A commercial roof that is in fairly good condition will have a membrane still within life expectancy and proper insulation in place. If you are looking to keep costs low, it is possible to repair the roofing only. You also need to establish an annual commercial roof inspection to help minimize any further damage to the commercial roof throughout the life expectancy of the membrane. If you find that your commercial roof needs extensive repairs, you have damaged insulation, or the roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy, it may be a better idea for a replacement. There are certain inconveniences with roof replacement, but having a new commercial roof installed will offer lower maintenance costs moving forward. Additionally, a new commercial roof can also offer outstanding energy savings as compared to an older roof thanks to modern advances in roof technology. It is essential to estimate costs for roof replacement as part of the decision making process. It is more costly than repairs and you will need to budget accordingly. To help you estimate the costs, there are a few factors to remember:
- Fasteners: Roofing in areas prone to heavy winds will require more fasteners placed at more frequent intervals which will increase costs.
- Roofing type and material: Typically, the best material for a flat roof is built-up bituminous roofing or single-ply. Replacement costs can vary for single-ply, built-up, asphalt, tiles, and metal roofing. Depending on the material you choose, pricing can range from $3 to $20 per square foot.
- Roofing components: These components include the roof structure (concrete, metal, or wood decking), insulation, cover board, & other substrate materials. The condition of these materials impact re-roofing costs and how they were installed will impact overall costs.
- Access to the roof: Roof access can have as much impact on the cost to replace your roof as the type and material. Accessibility factors include height, occupancy, material storage areas, and property access.
Deciding between repairing or replacing a commercial roof can be a difficult decision for a commercial property owner. But, it is an essential decision that many building owners face. Before you make a decision, contact us to allow our team to help you determine which course of action makes the most sense. We will help you extend the longevity of your roof and protect the investment that you have made in your commercial property. Call us today and start protecting your roof’s future tomorrow.