One problem that most business owners hate to deal with is replacing a roof! Obviously… This is a massive undertaking and one that can potentially impact the operation of your business. However, monitoring the condition of your roof should be a vital part of your preventive maintenance regime that you carry out for your property, and you should carry out repairs as needed. But, how do you know when it’s time to replace your existing commercial roof?
The life of a roof depends on what materials are used. Slate roofs generally tend to have the longest lifespan, lasting between 30 to 100 years. Wooden and metal roofs usually last about 40 years. Regardless of your roof’s material, it is important that you are aware of the tell-tale signs that say – It’s time to upgrade!
Here are some of those warning signs…
Blistering Paintwork & Damaged Guttering and Downpipes
Not only does it look bad but cracked and blistering paintwork are signs of damage to your roof. Problems with your paintwork are also an indicator of damaged guttering and downpipes. When replacing a roof, damaged guttering and downpipes must be fixed or replaced.
Water Damage & Leaks
Leaks are a major tell-tale sign that it’s time to replace your roof. Over time, the bolts and screws holding your roof components together become loose and allow rainwater to leak into your building which can affect work areas, products or displays. Leaking will also cause excessive rusting, making the building less weather-proof and energy efficient.
Cracked Roof Lights
Damage to your paintwork isn’t the only indicator that can be spotted on the surface. Damage to your roof lights also means that it’s time to call in the professionals. Roof lights become aged and bleached from constant exposure to the sun. Also, in the cooler months, frost causes cracks and splitting. Along with allowing less light into your commercial building, cracked roof lights are a major health and safety issue, but can be easily rectified by replacing the lights or a full roof replacement.
Mold & Moss Growth
Mold and Moss growing on your commercial roof is an obvious sign that your roof needs attention, which may be as simple as a really good clean. Moss growth, in particular, causes a lot of damage to metal and flat roofs as the roots hanker down into every crevice and expand, allowing rainwater to cause further damage.
Have your roof checked out
You know have some idea of what to look for and if it is time to replace your commercial roof. As you can tell, it is going to be a combination of age and the above contributing factors. However with regular maitance, which does often get overlooked with it comes to the property’s roof, you can prolong its existence.
If you are at the stage where you believe you need a new commercial roof, then we at R.O. Steel Roofing would be more than happy to speak with you about it. We do offer a Obligation Free Quote and can discuss with you your options, benefits, impacts, costs and time frame you would be looking at to have your commercial roof replaced.
To book your appointment or ask us another roofing related question, give one of our friendly staff members a call on (02) 9660 5937 and they will be able to accommodate you.
Thanks for reading,
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