Weighing the Repair Options for a Damaged Commercial Roof

When it comes to fixing commercial roof problems, you have one of four options: repair, re-cover, fully replace, or coat.

As a general rule, commercial roofing systems are designed to perform for the long haul. However, this doesn't mean that it isn't possible that the roof can't develop problems at some point in time. There are many reasons that these problems can occur, including incorrect design, installation issues, or maintenance failure. When it comes to fixing commercial roof problems, you have one of four options: repair, re-cover, fully replace, or coat.

However, before making your decision, you need to first ask yourself the following questions, as these will help point you in the right direction:

  • How badly damaged is the roof and how much of the roof is damaged?
  • Does your roof have the proper amount and type of insulation?
  • How easy is the roof to tear off and is the building currently occupied?
  • Are you looking for a short-term or long-term solution?
  • Where is the building located and what is currently being utilized for?
  • Is moisture being generated inside the building? If so, then the right roof may not be on the building.

Below are the four previously-mentioned options to fix your commercial roof problems, along with the benefits of each one to help you determine which option is best-suited for your individual situation.

Repairing Your Commercial Roof

For some roof problems, they are minor and can be repaired relatively easily. When this is the case, a fully replacement is not necessary. Some of the most common reasons you would choose to repair your roof include:

  • The roof currently has proper insulation.
  • The membrane is intact (at least for the most part) and hasn't met its life expectancy.
  • You want to keep overall repair costs to a bare minimum.

The benefits of repairing your roof is that it will help extend the roof's life as a whole and it is less expensive than a replacement or a re-cover.

Re-Covering Your Commercial Roof

When your roof is damaged beyond general repair, but it isn't damaged so badly that is warrants a replacement, then a re-cover may be the most effective solution. Just remember that roofs can only be re-covered one time. Here are three reasons why you may opt to re-cover your commercial roof:

  • The membrane is at the end of the line.
  • The roof has adequate insulation.
  • The roof has not previously been re-covered.

The benefits of re-covering your commercial roof include the fact that it is more economical than a full replacement and it isn't nearly as disruptive. In addition, there is less risk to your roof being exposed to various weather elements. Plus, you will have the opportunity to get a new, extended warranty.

Fully Replacing Your Commercial Roof

If the damage to your commercial roof is too extensive, then it won't qualify for a re-cover. The same is true if it has been re-covered before. When either of these is true, a replacement is necessary. Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider a full roof replacement:

  • The roof repairs are too extensive -- usually 25% or more.
  • The roof insulation is wet or not up to standard.
  • You ideally want a long-term solution.

The benefits of a full roof replacement include a lower overall maintenance cost, energy savings, and the longest-term solution. In addition, this particular option is the least likely of the ones listed so far to have problems in the future.

Coating Your Commercial Roof

The final option that you have is to coat your roof, which will help extend its life. Here are several reasons why you may want to consider doing this to your commercial roof:

  • Extends the life of your commercial roof.
  • Creates additional protection from water leaks.
  • Improves aesthetics.
  • Can provide energy savings by reflecting UV rays and heat (if a reflective coating).
  • Less disruptive than a full replacement.
  • Friendly to your pocketbook -- cheaper than most options; may be able to be deducted as an expense after one year and rebates could be available.

To learn more about any of these four commercial roof repair options, please don't hesitate to give us a call at Magnolia Group.