While most commercial roofing systems, when properly designed, installed and maintained, are meant for long-term performance, many can and will develop problems during their lifespan. But, no matter how damaged the roof, there are options to correct problems with a commercial roof. Before it can be determined which solution is best suited for a commercial roofing problem, it’s important for commercial roofers to identify a few key factors about the building and the state of the roof damage.
Many issues such as the nature and location of the building, long- and short-term use of the building, occupant requirements, type of roofing system in place, roof insulation and potential moisture problems have to be addressed. Once a commercial roofing company has identified the building requirements and the physical issues affecting roof performance, the decision to recover, repair or replace the roof can made based on the following criteria.
Recovering a Commercial Roof In the instance that a roof has been properly installed and is in sound condition, the option to recover may be the most effective solution. This may be the case primarily if a roof has good insulation and has not been recovered before since a roof can only be recovered once. Recovering a roof is also more cost-effective and less disruptive than a full roof replacement. Extended or new warranties may also apply when recovering a commercial roof.
Repairing a Commercial Roof If the roof damages are minor, they can easily be repaired or coated to extend the life of the roof. This is the best solution if the roof membrane and insulation is in good condition and if the building owner would like to keep costs to a minimum.
Replacing a Commercial Roof If the nature of the roof damage is too extensive to recover or repair, full roof replacement may be the only option. As a rule of thumb, if 25% or more of a roof is damaged, it is best to replace it. Another reason to replace the roof may have to do with the insulation, if it is too wet or not up to par. Other factors to consider when looking into a full roof replacement include the owner’s long-term plans for a building, lower maintenance costs, energy savings and taking advantage of the latest technologies and roofing materials.
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The roof of a home or building is most definitely one of the most practical structures. Without the roof, protecting yourself from the elements would be very hard to achieve no matter the size of the dwelling. Just think about it for a second; four walls with no roof don’t serve any purpose and “mother nature” will remind us all how illogical that concept would be. For those who are in the building or the renovation process, figuring out the best style of roofing can be a bit tricky as both have their positives and negatives. Climate, weather situations, and practicality should be taken into consideration long before any work has begun. This article is written to give you, “the home owner,” more insight on the best options that are currently available, which will aide you in making the best possible choice for your situation.
Which Roofing Route to Take?
Honestly, this question can only be answered by you, the homeowner. Though contractors can and will give you sound advice on the pros and cons, the final decision is always yours. One of the most important things to consider would be maintenance especially if you’re a homeowner. Are you physically able to climb up a ladder? Do you have good enough balance for standing/walking on sloped angles? This is probably one of the most asked about topics when it comes to roofing. In general, houses tend to have sloped roofing and businesses generally tend to go the flat route. This is only in general terms as there are many homes with flat roofing structures. If you’re residing in an area where there is a lot of snow fall and ice, flat roofing might not be the better route to take. Snow and ice is extremely heavy and if you’re someone who procrastinates, you’d be risking some serious structure damage.
If you’re someone who’s into architecture then sloped roofs are better. The angles and sharp design of the slopes physically looks more attractive than something that is rather flat. Some home and business owners shy away from flat surfaces because of a lack of information. Rain water is the culprit and many people think that the precipitation will collect and become stagnant. Contemporary flat roofs are implemented with membrane systems. These innovative systems are water tight and are designed to allow rainwater to roll off into the dwelling’s gutter system.
“Other Reasons for Going Flat”
If you’re into being energy efficient, flat roofs allows you takes full advantage of the sun. Sloped surfaces only catch sun rays at certain angles. Installation costs. Sloped surfaces have larger surface areas than flat surfaces and every square foot is accounted for in labor and material costs. Flat vs. slope is an age old debate, but the best thing to do is to go with whatever surface fits your needs the best.
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