Commercial roofing is often forgotten about until there’s a problem. It should be one of the first things that you focus on because of all that the roof does. It provides you with insulation, protection from the elements, and a waterproof barrier. If there is a problem on the roof, it could result in higher energy bills, mold, mildew, and even expensive repair bills.
Gillette Roofing will show you how to put your roof first with the various services that we offer.
Depending on the type of building that you have, the roofing materials can vary. Some buildings will use EPDM while others will use TPO, PVC, or SPF. Further, asphalt rolls and acrylic coatings are also used. There will be problems with any roof if there isn’t sufficient maintenance throughout the year.
Most materials have a life expectancy of around 25 to 30 years, especially if they’re maintained. Metal roofs will provide a longer life of up to 45 years, though it’s a more expensive initial investment.
Commercial roofs will typically use a flat roof because it maximizes the space of the building. It also allows easy access. It’s common for businesses to use the flat roof for storage, installation of air conditioning units, and more.
The problem is that flat roofs are also prone to leaks and other issues if they’re not taken care of properly. However, even metal roofs and asphalt shingle roofs have their problems, especially if there has been a storm that has created a lot of wind gusts.
Common Commercial Roofing Problems
At Gillette Roofing, we have seen a variety of roofing problems. Often, they’re easy fixes if they have been caught early enough. It’s one of the reasons why we emphasize the importance of annual roof inspections.
A roofing inspection will allow one of our roofing contractors to go up to the roof to provide a complete inspection. We will look at the integrity of the material, identify potential problems, and create solutions for repairs that need to be handled immediately.
The common problems are often because of a flat roof design or a poor installation:
- Poor drainage
- Blow-offs or tenting
Poor drainage happens when the roof design wasn’t carefully created. Even if you choose a flat roof design, there are ways to avoid water ponding. If water is allowed to pond for too long, it warps the material. Over time, this will cause cracks and eventually large-scale leaks.
Blow-offs and tenting will occur if the roof didn’t adhere to the substrate properly. Single-ply roofs are more prone to this than any other type of roofing. Strong winds can also wreak havoc on the materials, causing them to loosen or blow off entirely.
Many of the issues are prevented with maintenance and regular inspections. Base flashing, for example, may slip if there is a lot of ponding water. If there are pitch pockets that aren’t filled in a timely fashion, they can also lead to bigger problems.
By calling our roofing company, we can send out a professional to inspect your roof and establish a maintenance plan so you can minimize the number of repairs that need to be done. You may be surprised by how much cheaper it is to maintain your roof. It’s important to be proactive instead of reactive and we have the means to assist every step of the way.
Repairs vs. New Roofing Installation
Repairs are often more affordable than paying for a completely new roof. However, at some point, it’s going to be cheaper to get a new roof. There are several elements that have to be considered:
- Level of damage
- Frequency of repairs
- Age of roof
One of our roofing contractors will sit down with you to determine what’s best for your building. You don’t want to spend thousands of dollars in repairs every year when the better solution is to pay for a new roof.
We will be able to talk to you about pros and cons regarding roofing materials, coating elements, as well as a change in pitch. Our goal is to help you choose a roof that is going to last a long time. We can also create a maintenance plan to put in place so that issues are caught early on.
If repairs are ignored, they’re only going to get worse over time. What could have been a simple repair of filling in a pitch pocket could have morphed into a large pond that has resulted in the weakening of the entire frame of the roof. Don’t let this kind of thing happen to your building.
Our contractors are here to help.
Contact us to schedule a repair or consultation with us today. We specialize in residential and commercial roofing throughout North East Wyoming, including Gillette, Sheridan, Buffalo, and the surrounding areas.