There is a difference in determining if steep slope roofing and flat roofing need to be replaced or repaired. Most commercial roofing is flat roofing and made of a membrane material. There comes a time in every building’s life when the roof needs replacing. How do you know it’s time to replace your commercial roof?
Heavy Storm or Disaster Damage
Damage to more than 25% of your roof’s surface indicates that the entire roof should be replaced. In most instances, your insurance will cover the roof replacement. Of course, if the roof’s structure is damaged, the entire roof may need replacing even when it is less than 25% of the surface area.
Depending upon the type of commercial roofing and environmental factors, roofs age at different rates. For commercial roofing in Tampa, the sun, heavy soaking rains, and occasional hail ages roofs more quickly than in some other parts of the country. Although there are many different flat roofing types, on average they last between 15 and 20 years. One way to make your roof last as long as it should is with regular repair and maintenance.
If your roof has areas of pooling water, you may need to consider replacing your roof. During the replacement process, your commercial roofing company needs to determine why water is pooling. If there is a structural defect, have it repaired before installing the new roofing surface. Pooling water not only ages a roof prematurely but may also leak or collapse, damaging inventory or harming the people inside.
No matter where your roof is in its life, have it inspected regularly and any issues repaired immediately. Early in the roof’s life, the most common issue are leaks around exhaust pipes, skylights, and HVAC systems that sit on the roof. When your Tampa commercial roofing company inspects your roof, ask them for an estimate on its remaining life and if you’ll be able to overlay the new roofing or if you’ll need a complete re-roof. If you don’t have a commercial roofing company, contact Suncoast Roofing Solutions. We’re a state licensed and insured residential and commercial roofer serving the entire Tampa Bay area. Call 813-283-2588 to schedule your no obligation inspection today.