Frequently Asked Questions – Commercial and Industrial Roofing
How can I tell if I need a new roof for my commercial or industrial building?
There are several warning signs that it’s time to consider a new roof on your commercial or industrial building:
- Ceiling leaks
- Cracked and discolored interior drywall
- Signs of moisture on ceilings or walls
- Sudden rising energy costs
- Bubbles on the roof
- Light showing through the ceiling
- Sagging roof
- Gaps in roof seams
- Rusted, deteriorating, or missing flashing
- An aging roof
A commercial or industrial roof that has been around for a long time has been exposed to a variety of harsh conditions and probably needs an inspection. The quality of the roofing materials, the initial installation, tree cover, and the location of your building can all affect the lifespan. Direct sunlight, strong winds, and other weather conditions can cause additional damage.
It’s best to start checking for warning signs once your roof is twelve years old. If it’s lasted fifteen years without any obvious damage, call a commercial roofing specialist to check for possible damages that are hard to see with an untrained eye.
When will I need commercial roof repair vs. roof replacement?
Roof repair is best when the roof is still in good condition. As long as the damage hasn’t affected the integrity, you can get the damage repaired without any further troubles. If your roof has more severe damage, replacing the entire roof is often more cost-effective. Keeping decaying roofing materials and rusting metal, as well as other roof issues can increase the chances of further damage, leading to more costly repairs down the line.
How much does a new roof cost?
Many factors play a part in the cost of a new roof:
- Roofing contractor
- Roof type (shingle, Duro-Last® single-ply PVC, metal, etc.)
- Roof size
- Roofline slope
High-quality contractor workmanship and roofing materials can bring higher prices, but they hold quality. Purchasing a roof or making a contract with the cheapest options can lead to more damage and greater costs in the future.
Roofing estimates can provide you with a rough idea of what your costs may be, depending on the service and materials you are looking for. Contact us for a free inspection, consultation, and estimate.
How long does a roof repair take?
The time for a commercial roof repair depends on the extent of the project. Smaller repairs can take as little as one day for completion, while bigger projects and replacements can sometimes take several days.
Weather can also affect repair time. Wind, rain, and other adverse conditions can slow the process, so installation can finish without internal damage or problems.
What should I do when a commercial roofing company starts work?
Some roof repairs unavoidably make a lot of noise and mess that can potentially disrupt a business. Complete tear-offs can be noisy. If the noise will be too disruptive to your business, consider taking employees and workers out while contractors tear down the old roof or closing down for a day.
However, repairs and re-roofing with Duro-Last are, for the most part, non-disruptive, and you can continue with business as usual during the repairs. Dealing with an aging, leaky roof every day can be far more disruptive than the repair/replacement process.
Can I repair a commercial/industrial roof myself?
Attempting roofing without professional experience can be dangerous. Professional commercial roofers have the experience and training necessary to replace and repair a roof. Trying DIY repairs can lead to roof damages and problems, and you can hurt yourself without the proper tools and safety equipment.
It’s best to leave roof repair to professionals, but you can still check your roof for signs of damage. Look for any leaks, cracks, rust, or other signs of wear and tear on your roof.
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