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Increasing the Lifespan of Your Commercial Roof


Any commercial roof is susceptible to damage from the elements and natural wear and tear. With the right amount of care and attention, you can get a long lifespan out of your commercial roof. Every roof is different so depending on the materials used, the installation quality, and maintenance you will get different lifespans. To get the most out of your commercial roof follow the tips below.

Increasing the Lifespan of Your Commercial Roof

1. Material

Often budget is the only thing considered when it comes to choosing material, but this is a mistake. Remember that cheap materials will not last as long. You want to select a material that works best for your budget as well as climate, lifespan, location, and purpose. Built-up roofing is ideal for flat roofing but is not great in areas with heavy rainfall, showing that you need to consider all factors before choosing.

2. Ventilation

Having optimal airflow will help your commercial roofing remain cool during the summer and warmer in the winter. Having good ventilation can prevent moisture from collecting and seeping into the roof structure. Any moisture that gets into a roof causes mold and damage that can be expensive to repair. Mold can get into the interior of the building or the structure, causing even further damage.

3. Design

You want a roof design that compliments the type of business you have and one that can face any challenges of your location. You need to size structural members properly, consider possible penetration details, and select the right roof type. Design impacts the overall lifespan of a roof and is as important as the foundation when it comes to the structural integrity of the building.

4. Maintenance

How well you take care of your roof has a huge impact on how long it will last. Even if you have the most durable materials and the best installation, poor upkeep can destroy any roof. You should be inspecting and repairing any damage to your commercial roofing regularly, at least once a year. Small leaks can develop into serious damage so it is important to stay on top of inspections, maintenance, and repairs.

5. Lifespan

The more durable the roof is, the longer it will last. Metal roofing usually lasts the longest which is close to 50 years. Spray-foam roofing can last just as long as providing upkeep is regularly maintained. Built-up roofing lasts close to 25 years, while rubber roofing and EPDM will last between 10 and 40 years depending on upkeep. You need to remember that warranties only guarantee up to 25 years at max.

6. Warranty

Warranties are designed to cover material defects and workmanship. Make sure you always read the fine print when it comes to warranty information in order to fully protect your investment.



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