When commercial buildings run into leaks or damage, the question is whether it makes more sense to coat, re-cover, or re-roof entirely. Taking the time to learn the differences between a roof coating, a re-cover, and a full re-roof will give you the information you need to avoid making a costly mistake that will haunt you for years to come.
Let’s take a look.
Coat, Re-Cover or Re-Roof
Here is some information that will help you decide which route is best for your commercial roof—coat, re-cover, or re-roof.
Coating your commercial roof will help extend your roof’s life expectancy, reduce the chance of leaks, improve aesthetics, and lower cooling costs. This can be a solid cost-effective option as your roof approaches the end of its warranty. However, it should be noted that coatings are usually best for extending the life of a roof that is in relatively good shape. Leaks in a roof system, can cause the insulation to get saturated with water and can compromise the roof deck. At this point, coating the roof without significant work to address the water in the roof system is not an option
Just because your roof has some damage, doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be replaced, especially if it’s structurally sound and the insulation is still good. If that’s the case, a re-cover might be a good option, but keep in mind that building codes only allow you to re-cover your roof once. This option is cheaper than a full replacement making it a desirable option for many business owners, but it’s important to know whether or not the structure has been damaged from any leaks. Typically, a re-cover will provide a more reliable long term solution than a coating and is often a better investment.
Not all commercial roofs can be repaired or re-covered, especially if there is too much damage, or if it has already been re-covered once before. In either case, your roof will need to be replaced.
Even though replacing a commercial roof can be more costly, it’s a better long-term solution than opting for a quick fix, especially if you plan to hold on to the property for a while. A re-roof will enable you to inspect the deck and shore up the structural integrity of your roof system. It also enables you to use the latest roofing products, technologies, and other functions which could save you money in the long run. For example, having lower maintenance costs, as well as the energy savings you could receive.
How to Determine if Your Commercial Roof Needs To be Replaced
If 25 percent or more of your roof is damaged, you should consider replacing it. Or, if the insulation is wet or is no longer in good condition and isn’t insulating properly, then you should consider replacing it. Other signs that it is time to replace your commercial roof include multiple leaks, blistering, roof covering damage, moss growth (which could indicate a leak), roof membrane damage, and anything else out of the ordinary. A comprehensive roof assessment will allow you to know what course of action will provide the best solution for your building and budget.
If you would like more information or assistance with any of your roofing needs, please Contact Us today. Perry Roofing Contractors is a leading roofing company in North Central Florida and has a positive, long-standing presence in the community. We look forward to serving you!