It is a decision that thousands of building owners face each year: Should they repair the roof on their building or should they replace it? In many cases, the answer is unclear. Sometimes the need for a roof replacement is obvious, such as when a storm rips away half of the roof system, but the need for a replacement can also be subtle, such as the presence of several leaks that never quite go away. If you are having trouble deciding whether to replace or repair the roof system on your building, the tips below will help.
Consult a Professional
This tip is obvious, but it is amazing how many building owners seek the advice of amateur, unlicensed workers in order to save money. Unfortunately, the money they save in labor fees is often completely lost by the price they pay to repair shoddy workmanship. Before you take a course of action, you will need the opinion of a commercial roofing company. Just be sure it is licensed, bonded, insured, and has set of strong references.
Is the Problem Isolated or Persistent?
As its materials deteriorate, a roof experiences an increasing number of problems leading up to its replacement. Conversely, when a system that is in good condition has a problem, the problem is usually isolated, and does not return after a repair is made. Persistent problems typically indicate the need for a replacement.
Consider the Age of the System
If the system is experiencing problems near the end of its lifespan, spending money on repairs may be ill advised. Because a repair typically costs less than implementing a new system, there is always the temptation to fix just one more problem in hopes of making the system as dependable as it was in the past. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case.
Previous Repair History
When a system has a dubious repair history, it may be best to implement a new system, even if the current problem is just a repair issue. A repair typically costs less than a roof replacement, but the cost of performing repeated repairs unexpectedly exceeds the price of implementing a new system. A commercial roofing company should assess whether the repair history of a building indicates it needs a new system.
Repairing the problem can cost more than implementing a new system. For example, removing panels or shingles to address a problem in the deck could easily require more labor than performing a replacement would, and the cost of repair materials may as expensive as implementing new materials.
Whether to repair or replace the roof of their building is a decision that most building owners event face. In some cases, the need for a roof replacement is obvious. In other cases, a problem that seems to need a repair may actually indicate the need for a new system. Before you repair or replace the roof on your building, be sure to consider the tips above, and always consult a reputable commercial roofing company before you make a final decision.