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Does Your Commercial Roof Need to Be Replaced?

The roof is a crucial part of of any building. It also helps to regulate temperature, prevent moisture damage, protect against the elements, and just generally makes for a more comfortable working environment. But roofs are subject to wear and tear over time, and it is important to be on the lookout for signs that can signify you’re in need of a commercial roof replacement.

1. Leakage 

Roof leaks can indicate that your commercial roof needs to be replaced. If you have water damage, it’s important to get it fixed as soon as possible. A leaking roof can cause all sorts of issues, including mould and mildew growth, wood rot, and structural damage. If you wait too long to replace your roof, you could end up with some serious and costly problems.

2. Bubbling and Blistering 

Bubbling occurs when there are trapped pockets of air or water beneath the roof surface, which can cause the roofing material to lift. Blistering, on the other hand, happens when the roofing material itself starts to break down, causing small pockets of air or water to form. Both problems can weaken the roof and lead to leaks. If you notice bubbling or blistering on your roof, it’s important to have a professional roofer take a look as soon as possible.

3. Loose Materials

Loose roofing materials can be caused by several factors, including severe weather, improper installation, and age. Regardless of the cause, loose roofing materials are a serious issue that needs to be addressed as soon as possible. Loose materials can lead to water damage, leaks, and other problems that can jeopardize the integrity of your property, or worse yet, could lead to potential physical harm to those spending time around the building.

4. Drastic Increase in Energy Bills

Whether you own a small business or a large corporation, deterioration of your organization’s structure may eventually cause a sharp increase in your energy bills. That’s because a damaged roof is no longer able to efficiently regulate temperature, requiring your HVAC system to work overtime to maintain comfortable temperatures. If you’ve noticed a sudden spike in your energy costs, it could be a sign that your roof needs to be replaced. By investing in a new commercial roof, you can help to lower your energy bills and keep your business running smoothly.

5. Old Age

The average lifespan of a Flat Roof can range anywhere from 20-30 years, so if your company (or your building) is about to celebrate a 20th anniversary, it could be time to schedule an inspection. There are other factors that can affect how long a roof will last, such as the type of roofing materials used and the climate in which the building is located, but age is generally a good indicator of when a commercial roof needs to be replaced. If your roof is showing signs of wear and tear, or if it has begun to leak, it’s time to consider replacing it.

The overall roof performance generally depends on three things: the material selected, the installation technique and the installation company. Whether you are replacing your current roof or installing one for the first time, it’ll require experienced contractors to install it correctly.

You may not always know when the time is right for a repair versus a replacement, but our team at FS Roof Systems and Exteriors can help with that. When you contact us, our industry experts will provide you with a FREE roof inspection and full report, including details about your existing roof system and/or exterior needs such as eavestroughs, soffit, facia, and siding. We’re always as transparent as possible, so together we’ll sort out an action plan to get started with a repair, replacement and maintenance solution that will best suit your needs, backed by the best warranties. We also offer low financing options for residential projects of any size. We’re available for emergent and non-emergent services 24/7, 365 days a year – even if Santa is on your roof, we’ll still come inspect it!