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Commercial Roof Replacement
When properly constructed with the best materials, commercial roofs can last up to 50 years. However, as with anything else, the older it gets the more likely it is that your roof will start showing sings that it needs to be replaced. If this is the case, you may want to contact a commercial roof replacement contractor to see if any of the following signs exist when doing an inspection:
Metal screw holes have expanded
When using screws to hold a roof in place, the screw holes tend to gradually expand as the metal surrounding it expands and contracts. This can cause 2 problems:
1. Allowing water to seep in under the metal and causing damage to the underlying decking.
2. When the metal paneling becomes wider than the heads of the screws, the paneling can fall away.
In most cases, a metal roof will not experience this for decades. That being said, when a roof enters into the last 10-15 years of its lifespan it would be a good idea to have them inspected regularly to prevent any damage, especially after severe weather.
Buckling Metal Panels
Metal panels can start buckling for one of two reasons:
1. They may have installed improperly
2. They were damaged as a result of weather exposure
In either case, it’s obvious that you would need to contact a contractor to have a look. In some situations, a commercial roofing contractor could tell from the ground if the metal panels are buckling but getting up on the roof and doing an inspection would be best in order to determine just how bad the buckling is.
Joints In Bad Condition
More often than not, the roof joints catch the brunt of weather exposure than the other parts of the roof. For this reason they will usually start showing signs of weather damage first. Corrosion, pitting and rusting up and down the joint lines are three signs of poor joints. Water leaking onto these joints is the leading reason for damage cased to the deck… this alone can increase the cost of a roof replacement considerably.
This is usually a symptom of an underlying problem… primarily the ones that are mentioned above. After the deck of a roof has been saturated with water, it’s really only a matter of time before you start to see other signs inside the building like mold and water spots on the ceiling.
It’s understandable that most commercial building owners would rather have a quick repair rather than installing a brand new roof, and in many cases a simple repair is warranted. That said, there are other cases in which a repair would cost more in damages down the road. If you notice any of the problems mentioned above, a replacement is likely the better option.
So what are the most common types of Colorado commercial roofing replacements to consider?
Thermoplastic Roofing (TPO) – TPO is the most popular and fastest growing types of commercial building roof replacement systems. It’s made up of very durable material with a low temperature flexibility and a high temperature tolerance. 20 years is the average lifespan of a TPO roof and they are extremely resistant to fire. Without a doubt, this is a great option especially for buildings in commercial zoning.
EPDM Roofing – Even though TPO is a popular choice, many owners like the versatility and longevity of EPDM Roofing. It is relatively easy to install and repair… as a result, maintenance costs are reduced considerably even with a high frequency of repair.
Photovotaic Roofing – With the cost of energy going up and profits going down, it’s no surprise that business owners are looking at the various Colorado services roofing has available. Many owners are going this route for the tax breaks that are provided them. These solutions feature PV solar panels that can be installed on top of the roof and can use sunlight for energy.
Green Roofing – With all the ecofriendly talk going on lately, Green Roofing systems have become very popular. Among these are Sedum roofs which are essentially flat roofs covered mostly or in part with vegetation. These are placed on top of a waterproofed membrane to ensure there is no leakage. One of the benefits of this style of roofing is the ability to soak up all the surrounding heat and reduce the temperature inside the building. This will help with longevity and reducing cooling costs.
What Should You Expect During A Commercial Roof Replacement?
You can count on a good amount waster during the replacement of your commercial roof, and your contractor will likely have a dumpster on site so that debris is not scattered around your property. An especially experienced commercial roofing company will do their best to save as much insulation material as possible which will go along way in helping the business owner to save money.
As you may very well know, replacing a commercial roof can be very noisy since workers will be using electric hand tools and pneumatic power tools.
As the building owner, you will want to do a thorough investigation of the company you want to use before you hire them. You want a company that has a long track record and you will also want to get references. Call up those references for any input they have regarding the roofing company’s professionalism and make sure the building that received the roof replacement is similar to the building that they will be working on for you. If the company has stellar reviews but the majority of their work has been on residential homes, then they may not be the right fit for you. On the other hand, you also want a company that makes safety first and foremost by asking the beforehand if they abide by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) guidelines.
When everything is said and done, the most important thing that you can expect is to have complete satisfaction with your decision to hire a commercial roofing company. Once you’ve done all your homework, you can sit back and sleep well knowing that your building occupants are safe and that your energy bills are going down.