A popular question commercial property owners often struggle with is “Should I repair my roof or replace it?” The difference in price can be significant. However, the cost of cutting corners with a repair when what’s really needed is a commercial roof replacement can be even greater.
To Repair or Replace a Commercial Roof
Failure to maintain the integrity of your commercial roof can damage your building and its contents considerably. When deciding between a commercial roof repair or replace your roof, you will want to weigh factors like the following:
- The age of the roof. Nothing lasts forever. If your building has an older roof, and you have already made several commercial roof repairs, it may be closer to the end of its lifespan. Should you invest money in repairing something that will soon need replacement? If you’ve had repetitive problems with the roof, it might not be worth repairing the roof this time.
- The extent of the damage. When a roof is generally in good condition, a repair may be all that’s needed. However, if the problems are severe, extensive, or located in an area that shelters expensive equipment or supplies, a commercial re-roof might be a better choice. A professional commercial roofer is happy to provide an evaluation of your existing roof to assess the damage.
- The potential for business interruption. If you choose a commercial roof replacement, there will be some business disruption. Generally, a roof repair requires less downtime than a commercial roof installation. If your roof needs repairs during your busy season, a repair can buy time so that you can schedule a full new roof installation during a slower period.
- The fix that fits your priorities. Do you need a short-term fix or a long-term solution? A short-term fix can be ideal if you intend to sell soon or need time to save up for a replacement. When you intend to stay put, installing a new roof can be a smart investment that allows you to take advantage of the latest advances in roofing.
- The type of roofing. Not every type of commercial roof material works well on every building. If you have a flat roof or a slightly sloping roof, we recommend EPDM roofing materials. If you have a traditional high-slope roof, then asphalt shingles, tiles, or metal roofing are appropriate options. We’ve often found that buildings have the wrong roof for the type of building. Make sure to consult with an industrial roofing contractor if you have a warehouse or other industrial building.
Exploring Commercial Roofing Options
What type of roofing is the best choice to shield your commercial property? That depends on the structure and your preferences.
The three main types of traditional roofing materials are
- EPDM roofing – EPDM roofing is a synthetic product made from ethylene propylene diene monomer rubber. Which is why it’s often referred to as a rubber roof. EPDM is an excellent choice for a gently sloped roof. It’s affordable, easy to install and durable. EPDM commercial roofing is recyclable and known for improving energy efficiency. It’s also attractive, durable and offered in an increasing array of colors.
- Composite shingles – Asphalt shingles are popular with pitched roofs. They’re relatively inexpensive, available in many styles and can last decades. However, they are not very environmentally friendly.
- Metal roofing – A greener alternative can be found in metal roofing, although it has a heftier initial cost for installation.
A fully bonded and insured commercial roofing contractor, CBF Contracting Inc. proudly offers certified commercial roofing services throughout Pittsburgh, western Pennsylvania, western New York and eastern Ohio. To learn more about our services and commercial roof replacement, contact us at 814-745-3000 for a roof evaluation.