How do you know if your roof needs to be replaced? Commercial property owners have a lot of expenses to deal with already, and adding another expense like this can be a major decision that they have to balance with the rest of their costs throughout the year. Even calling a roofing professional to come and assess the condition of the roof can be an expense that is tough to fit into your budget. So, what signs should you look for to tell you that your roof may need to be replaced?
The first indication at replacement may be necessary will be the age of the roof. Even if it looks okay on the surface, there could be underlying structural problems that need to be addressed. The roof may not vent be leaking but could still need to be replaced because of how at risk it is for falling apart and causing major damage to your property. It may just take a single heavy storm to tear up your roof and make it practically useless as protection for your property.
How long a given type of roofing material will last depends partly on your environment. Temperate climates are usually easy on roofs, but if you live by the sea or in a storm-prone area, then your roof may not last as long. Foam roofs tend to last about 10-15 years. Slate can last anywhere from 30-100 years. Wood shingles last from 10-20 years. With clay or concrete tiles, you can get about 20 years out of your roof. Asphalt shingles last from 20-40 years. If you have metal panels, you may get 15-40 years out of them.
If you know your roof’s age, then you will have some indication of how soon it should need replacing. You can also look for visible signs of wear. Look for leaks and cracks, of course, but you also want to look for signs of rust on metal roofs, rotting on wood roofs and crumbling on stone. Asphalt can start to peel or curl over time, and slate may crack, but the cracks could be on the underside and not visibly evident.
If you can, walk on the roof and examine it from there. The closer you can get to the roof, the more you can tell about it and if it is in need of some work. Minor, scattered problems are usually issues that can be remedied with some repair work, but widespread or major problems will often warrant a full replacement. Be sure to talk to your roofing specialist about their recommendation and consider having someone at A&B Commercial Roofing come out and inspect your roof for you to give you a professional assessment. Even if your roof doesn’t need replacement or repair right now, a professional assessment can tell you how much longer you can expect to get out of you roof in its current condition.