As a commercial building owner, chances are that you don’t just wake up one morning and say “I want a new commercial roof.” Unless your building or office has experienced a severe emergency with your roofing unit, you may not even know you need a new roof. Most property managers do not pay attention to the structure protecting themselves from outside forces. We have creating this post to bring awareness to the warning signs that you may need a new commercial roof.
– Review past roofing records
Your commercial roofer should have gave you detailed documents at the end of each service. These documents should state the scope of their work and the condition of your roof. These documents should have been provided at the end of: bi- annual inspections and for any maintenance no matter how small. You should also review when your roofing unit was installed to check for warranties.
– Rule of thumb: 25% damage = replacement
General rule of thumb usually states that if a roof has suffered 25% more of damage, you should get a full replacement. Spending the money to fix the damaged areas can result in spending more money than necessary. Fixing damaged areas are a great way to solve issues on a commercial roof, but that damaged area will never be the same. That is the same methodology for the 25% of damaged roof.
– Bubbling or Blistering Areas
Any visual cues such as any bubbling or blistering can be a major warning sign. Any bubbling can be the result of moisture trapped in the foundation of the roofing unit. The blistering/ bubbling is your roofing unit decomposing.
– Prolonged pooled water or constant leaks
Pooled water can mean that there is a problem with the foundation of your roof’s integrity. While pooled water or leaks aren’t significant reasons to get a replacement roof, if these problems are consistently happening, then it may be in your best interest to consider a replacement.
Commercial property owners can benefit from replacing their roof. If they are looking at a long-term solution to their roofing problems or to try new technology roofing. Of course, it would be in the best interest of the commercial building managers to need a new roof, but if your roof is old and needs a replacement there is new technology to benefit your building. Different buildings require and can benefit from different qualities of roof.
If you are thinking about replacing your roof or are unsure the best way to repair your roof, contact a reliable commercial roofer. If you find that your previous roofer never gave you any documents, contact a new roofer immediately. All roofs are unique in their own way. You should get a commercial roofer that will see that and work on your roof independently. Keep in mind these warning signs that you may need a new commercial roof. These tips can potentially save your building thousands of dollars in emergency services.