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When to Repair or Replace Your Commercial Roof

Sometimes a roof has issues that a new protective coat or re-covering simply won't solve. At that point, you have two options: to either repair or replace your commercial roof. But how to decide?

When to Repair or Replace Your Commercial Roof

First, you must gather some information before making any decision: find out your budget, the roof's condition, how long the repair or replacement is estimated to last, and how long of a stay you have left in the building. These details will help you gauge exactly what treatment is right for you.


Repair is the go-to option if there is minor damage that is relatively easy to fix. If the membrane is in good condition and isn't past its lifespan, the insulation is still in intact, or if the deck is still structurally sound, then opting for repair is a good option. For building managers especially, it is also the most cost-effective choice and extends the roof's life expectancy. 


Replacing the roof is a matter of emergency or last resort. It is considerably more expensive than repair, so people sometimes shy away from it. You may need to replace your roof if more than 25% of it is damaged, the building has gone past its life expectancy, you want to reduce the annual energy and maintenance costs, the insulation is wet or otherwise insufficient, or if you know you'll want to keep the building for at least another decade.

If you have roof problems, don't wait! Acting as soon as possible keeps you and your business safe and certain risks at bay. For more information, feel free to contact us anytime.

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