Repair or Replace? How to Decide the Best Option for Your Commercial Roof

As pricey as commercial roofs are, you’d think they’d last forever. But, regardless of which roofing system you have, this isn’t the case. Over time, your roof weakens. It also could take on minor damage that leaves it vulnerable. And, of course, time itself plays an integral role as well. So, how do you know if you should repair or replace it?

We’re talking a difference of tens of thousands of dollars in some cases, so it’s an important question to ask. The answer is even more important. We’re going over the signs, causes, and considerations involved with making the decision whether to repair or replace your roof. Take a look below.

Signs You Have Roof Damage

The first thing you have to determine is if you have roof damage in the first place. The following are signs you need to call a roofing specialist.

Damaged Flashing

Metal roof flashing is used to seal roof transitions. You’ll find flashing where your roof joins a dormer, at the base of chimneys, or anywhere there’s a hole used for a feature installment.

Over time, these sections can slide out of place if the caulking cracks or nails get loosened. These areas are vulnerable for water to seep in. Once water makes its way in, it could puddle under the flashing and eventually get beneath the leak barrier. Over time, the water will start leaking through. Damaged flashings are one of the most common causes of roof leaks.

Stains on the Ceiling or Walls

After the water seeps through the leak barrier, it can gather and start to stain the walls or ceiling. If you notice water stains anywhere inside your building, chances are, you have a leak.

Mold or Foul Odor

When water sits and evaporates in an enclosed space, mold develops. The scary part is, it doesn’t take long. Mold only needs 24 – 48 hours to begin growing. Once it does, it compromises the structure around it. If left unnoticed or untreated for a few weeks, it will start permeating a foul odor. If you smell something musty or unpleasant but can’t find the source, it could be mold in your ceiling or walls.

Puddles or Drips

Puddles and drips are the most obvious sign of roof damage. This is also the most serious sign. It tells you that the water is now coming straight through the roof.

The Big Question: Repair or Replace?

So, when do you know if it’s time to repair or replace your roof? Some signs are obvious.

If your roof has severe storm damage that left a part of it missing, you need a new roof. Or, if you’ve had your roof repaired several times already. You may also need a new roof if your roof is old. In the past, an owner may have opted for a roof repair to extend the life of their roof. Today, with energy-efficient roofing available, owners are taking advantage of the new technology. But, other times, knowing if you should repair or replace the roof isn’t as obvious. That’s when you need the following guide to help you decide what’s best for your situation. To make it more complicated, with commercial roofs, you have two more options: recover or recoat.

When to Repair

If the problem is small or isolated, you may be able to repair it. Here are some other considerations for a roof repair:

  • The membrane is in good shape
  • The roof has a fitted flashing
  • The roof has optimal insulation
  • A newer roof took on minor storm damage
  • You have to keep costs down

Repairing a roof is usually cheaper than replacing it. But, if your roof’s age is a concern or you’ve had it repaired several times in the last few years, replacing it may be a better option.

When to Re-Cover

In some cases, under the above circumstances, you can re-cover the roof. This is especially an option if there is only one membrane. You’d have another membrane put on top of it.

But, you can only do this once.

When to Replace

If a roofing specialist can’t repair your roof or it’s already been re-covered, replacing it may be your only option. Here are other instances where replacing the roof is more suitable:

  • Repairs are extensive
  • More than 25% of the roof has damage
  • Insulation is wet, old, or falling apart
  • The roof is old
  • You want to make the switch to eco-friendly materials

The benefits of having a commercial roof replaced are plentiful. First, you’ll have a lower maintenance cost. This is because the roof 1) is under warranty and 2) the contractor may offer a maintenance plan which includes inspections. Depending on the roofing type and materials used, you could see substantial cost savings. Of course, you’ll have an initial outlay for the new roof. But having an eco-friendly roof built will save you money in energy costs. New materials and technology also mean — in most cases — the engineering is stronger. The investment of a new roof could last at least two decades.  

Coating Benefits

While coating doesn’t exactly fall into either category, it does extend the life of your commercial roof. But, it also provides other benefits aside from longevity: It improves the look of your roof and it’s cost-effective. There are two ways coating your roof saves you money. First, it reflects the sun’s rays and away from the roof. This keeps it cooler inside. The coating also reflects dangerous UV rays away which reduces the risk of damage.

The Clearest Solution? Contact a Roofing Contractor

You now have an idea of when to repair or replace your roof. But you can’t know for sure unless you call a reputable roofing contractor for an inspection. Calling a reliable and accredited roofing specialist guarantees you’re making the right decision. At TEMA Roofing Services, we’ve installed more than 50 million square feet of commercial roofing. We’re family owned and operated and have been in business for over 50 years. Our time-tested commercial roofing process is easy. We identify the problem then work with you on finding a solution.

Our job isn’t done when the project is. We provide maintenance and even more important — peace of mind. Contact us today and let us get to work on solving your commercial roofing issues.

Look Before You Leak: How to Prevent a Commercial Roof Leak

Are you starting to suspect that you may have a leaky roof? Have you noticed puddles of water indoors or maybe even some water stains on the walls of your commercial building? Hail and other extreme weather cause more than $1 billion in damages each year, and commercial roofs are particularly vulnerable. If you suspect that you have a roof leak, it’s worth looking into before it becomes a major problem. We’ll give you the inside scoop on commercial roof leaks and help you figure out if you’ve got a problem.

Signs of a Leaky Roof

One of the first signs of a leaking roof is water indoors. You might chalk it up to a minor pipe leak, but roof leaks can turn serious in a matter of a few days. The problem with commercial roof leaks is that they often lead to mold. Once you’ve got mold in your walls, it’s essential to remove it. Another sign of a leaky roof is a strong smell of mold. If you’re using your commercial space for manufacturing, you might not notice the smell right away.

If you’ve got a roof leak, you might be able to see it from the outside of your building. You may have shingles falling after a bad windstorm, or you may actually be able to see part of your roof’s protective lining blowing in the breeze. In general, if you think you’ve got a leak, you probably do. Don’t let cut-rate contractors convince you that you’ve only got one leaky pipe if the reality is that you need more work done. Look for contractors who use top-quality building materials and provide warranties. Make sure they’re licensed, bonded, and insured.

Remove Standing Water

If you have existing roofing issues, it’s best to contact a commercial roof repair company. However, there are some steps you can take to prevent further damage. First, remove all standing water on your roof. Professionals call this “ponding,” and it’s a major indicator of future problems. You should never have any water soaking into your roof, even after a storm.

Ponding water is a primary indication that your roof’s drainage system is coming up short. If you can remove it yourself, go ahead, but it’s recommended to call in the pros.

Also, make a note of any ponding that you see inside of your building. Knowing where the leaks are appearing will help your contractors trace their sources. When you talk to your contractor about replacement and repair options, make sure you ask about new “fluid” roofing finishes. They’re made to prevent ponding and can actually lower your heating costs.

Fluid roofs have a white finish and are tax deductible for the year you get them installed. They carry warranties of up to 15 years and could be a good long-term solution.

Check Your HVAC Entry Points

A common cause of leaky commercial roofs is the entry point of your HVAC system. Your chimney might also be prone to leaks, especially right where it meets the roof. Before you request help for roof leak repair, see if you can spot the cause. You may not be able to repair it yourself, but you’ll be able to give the contractor more information once they start the project.

If you feel any dips in your roof’s surface, make a note of it. These are called “soft spots” and could be an indication of serious damage. You should also make sure that you don’t have any visible mold, lichen, or algae on your roof’s surface. Even if your roof is in good condition, make sure to check your HVAC, gas, and water pipes’ entry points on a regular basis. If you’re planning on removing algae from your property’s roof yourself, make sure that you aren’t going to accidentally void the shingles’ warranty.

Get a Professional Opinion

If you know for sure that your roof is leaking, it’s time to call in the pros. But how can you be sure you’re hiring a trustworthy company? First, talk to some of your friends and family and see who they’ve worked with. If you like the work that was done and it’s holding up well, that’s a good first step toward finding a contractor. Another thing to consider with your roofing company is how long they’ve been in business. When you’re wondering how to fix a leaking roof, you need a company that can come in and solve your problems, not create more. Look for a company that has been in business for more than 10 years. The longer they’ve been around, the better. See if you can find customer reviews online and get a sense for how quickly and professionally they complete the work. Recently, construction companies have started to shift to a new method of working. It’s called “design/build,” and it means that you get contractors and architects on the same team. You only have to sign one contract, and the work typically gets completed more quickly.

How to Deal with an Emergency Roof Leak

If you’ve got a roof leak that can’t wait, give your contractor a call. Remove any equipment from the area of the leak and don’t let employees into that part of your facility. The best roofing contractors will be able to handle leaky roofing projects at any time of day or night. They will make your business a priority and help you get back to work quickly. Finding a roofing service with a great reputation doesn’t have to be difficult. It’s just a matter of knowing where to start and who to trust. It’s also a matter of getting service that completely solves the problem instead of just delaying it.

Our roofing company is in its third generation. We have more than 100 years of combined experience and have installed more than 50 million square feet of roofing for our clients. Take a few minutes and give us a quick call. You can also submit a request online for a free consultation. We’re happy to help and committed to helping you solve your roofing problems.

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As a small business owner, saving money on your energy costs is one of the best ways to keep your bottom line as low as possible.  Believe it or not, your roof is responsible for about 25 percent of your business’s energy loss. Over time, this contributes to an increase in your energy bills, heating costs, and the overall comfort of your building. So, if there was a way to make your commercial roof more eco-friendly, wouldn’t you want to?

Luckily, new eco-friendly roofing materials can help to significantly improve your building’s energy efficiency while also protecting the structure from the elements.

That means more savings for your business and less downtime due to leaks and water damage repairs.

Read on to learn how industry professionals are working to make roofing options as eco-friendly as possible.

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10 Essential Questions To Ask Your Commercial Roofing Contractors Before Signing Off On A Project

Are you ready to sign off on that commercial roof repair you budgeted for? Don’t begin the project until you ask your roofing contractors these 10 questions.

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One of the best investments you can make in your business is ensuring that your commercial building(s) are looking and running their absolute best, and one way to achieve that is to ensure that your roof is in optimal condition.

So, if you’re thinking of leveraging today’s up-market to make investments in your roof, here are some important questions to ask roofing contractors before hiring them on.

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What’s in a roof?

A lot more than you might think! There are various commercial roofing materials available to serve the needs of various business types. While none of them are necessarily bad products, each has their own pros and cons and is more suited to certain situations.

Let’s take a look at some of the popular commercial roofing materials and talk about their strengths and weaknesses.

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When shopping the market for a new roof, the most important thing to keep in mind is the overall health of the building. Factors like the longevity of the roof, typical weather variations and energy efficiency are critical.

Each commercial roof type has its pros and cons, and making a decision is more difficult than ever before due to the variety of options available.

Read on to learn about the seven most common options, and what environments they are best suited for.

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Snow Load on Roof? 4 Keys To Prevent Roof Collapse

Snowstorms aren’t just a good excuse to drink your weight in hot chocolate and call off work for the day.

While heavy snow can certainly be enjoyable, if you own or operate a business, those days also come with a certain amount of risk. Yes, you already know that shoveling your parking lot is important, but you should also be aware of the serious impact a heavy snow load can have on your roof!

In this post, we’ll tell you the best ways to handle the results of heavy snow and discuss how to connect with top roofing professionals who can help not only complete flat roof snow removal, but also inspect and maintain your roof throughout the year.

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Regular roof maintenance can help reduce the likelihood of damage in extreme weather and also means you that don’t have to join a waiting list for a new roof when the need finally arises.

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In Freedonia’s 2016 study, as much as 1.6 percent of growth each year for repair products through the year 2020 was projected, valued at $7.8 billion dollars. So what’s all this mean?

Roof damage is expensive! Although repairs are avoidable when precaution is taken, all too often business owners wait until damage appears instead of implementing a maintenance plan.

Typically, by the time a leak makes its way inside, the cost of repair has already reached thousands of dollars. (Location, severity, and the materials involved will determine the size of the repair bill.)

So, don’t wait idly until you spot a puddle on your conference room floor. Have a professional assess your commercial roof to look for these six signs of roof damage:

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So, what else should you consider when it comes to roof maintenance? Keep reading! We’ve compiled the industry’s top preventative maintenance tips for you to keep in your back pocket.

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