Recovering or Replacing a Commercial Roof – Which One Do You Need?

The longevity of your commercial roof depends on regular maintenance and repairing small issues before they become catastrophes. If you’ve noticed an issue with your roof, such as leaking, you’ll probably wonder if you need to replace the roof. A full replacement is not always necessary. However, it’s important to understand the different situations that call for recovering or replacing a commercial roof.

Deciding between recovering and replacing a commercial roof

When is Re-covering a Roof an Option?

Roof coverings are built to last for years, but the elements can wear down the roof’s surface and make it prone to problems. Minor roof issues can often be fixed by recovering the surface of the roof. If the roof’s components are in good shape and are not in need of extensive repairs, installing a new cover on your roof may be a good option. However, you can only do this once for each roof; if your roof has been recovered before, you’ll need to commission a replacement instead. 

Re-covering the surface of your commercial roof offers several benefits over a replacement, especially for your budget. This option is much less expensive than a replacement as well as takes far less time than a full replacement. You’ll also avoid sending a large amount of construction material to the local landfill.

Adding a Roof Coating

Adding a new coating to your roof can also extend its life and offers similar benefits to a roof re-cover. GACO roof coating can be applied without interrupting your business and can improve your building’s energy efficiency. This type of coating is especially suited to a flat roof repair and can protect the roof’s components from the weather.

Roof Replacement

In some cases, re-covering or coating your roof is not a viable option. These situations could include extensive roof damage or a previous roof re-cover. Florida’s potent storms, for example, can cause severe damage to your building and force you to replace the roof earlier than you might prefer. Most roofing contractors consider 25% damage to be the breaking point; if more than a quarter of your roof is severely damaged, a full replacement is typically more cost-effective than commercial roof repair in the long run.

Roof replacement does give you a few benefits:

  • Improving the energy efficiency of the building
  • Reducing your roof maintenance costs for at least a few years.
  • Good investment if you’re planning to keep the property for the foreseeable future. 

If your building hasn’t had a proper roof inspection in the last few years, please give us a call immediately.  If there are small issues, it’s better to address them not before they develop into more serious issues.

Since 1999, Mid Florida Roofing has been assisting residential and commercial customers with their roofs. Contact us today at 407-830-8554 and we’ll help you find the right roofing solution for your building.

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