Every commercial property owner dreads finding a leak. Most people jump to the conclusion that a leak means a whole new roof! However, that may not necessarily be the case. In many cases, it is possible to repair the roof rather than spending the money on a costly and unnecessary tear-off. At SLV Roofing, we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best commercial roofing solution to meet their needs, not the one that will line our pockets! Trust and integrity is a key element of our business, and we will never advise a full replacement when a repair is sufficient.
Let’s take a closer look at how to determine if your commercial roofing needs repaired or replaced.
Inspecting Your Commercial Roofing
When you find a leak, as with any commercial roofing job, the first step is to carry out an inspection to assess the cause and the extent of the damage. We will look at every part of the roof from every angle looking for signs of aging, including any cracks, curling, or loose areas. We pay special attention to known problem areas like the valleys, vent pipes, flashing, boots, and any potential weak spots where there is a join or fastener as these are the parts most prone to leaks. It may also be necessary to inspect the roof’s underside, looking for water staining or warping. If your commercial roofing has foam or blown-in insulation, we will look for signs of water damage and clumping there.
Signs That a Repair is All That is Needed
If, after inspecting your commercial roofing, if we note that the issues seem to be concentrated in one particular area, then it is likely that we can repair the damage without having to replace the entire roof. It is important to take care of even small leaks and areas of damage as quickly as possible. If left unattended, even the most minor crack can grow into a much larger problem resulting in a more costly repair and more significant damage.
When Do You Need a New Roof?
In general terms, roofs have a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. However, with the use of commercial roofing coatings, it is possible to extend that considerably. If we can repair your roof, then that would always be our first option. A replacement is only necessary for extensive damage in multiple places across the roof’s surface. We would discuss all of the options available to you and give an estimate of how long you could expect repairs and roof coatings to extend your existing roof life before considering a complete tear-off and replacement.
Every smart building owner knows how much of a headache a leaky roof can be! A Kansas City Roofer will tell you, water damage, expensive repairs or replacement roofing is a major inconvenience! However, at SLV Roofing, we can solve your problems and alleviate your worries with the help of innovative commercial roofing systems from Conklin Roofing! We also provide residential roofing in partnership with Isaiah Industries.