If your roof is leaking, it could end up causing serious damage to the structure of your commercial building. As you’re figuring out what to do, you might wonder, “Should I repair or should I replace the roof?” It’s a question that gets asked a lot, and the following are some aspects that could help you identify the right answer for your situation.
As you inspect your roof to find out what the problem is, you may notice the damage is very concentrated to one area. If that’s the case, it’s more than likely going to require a repair. Some concentrated damages that could need a repair include holes, cracks, missing shingles, and similar issues.
If the damage isn’t concentrated to one area, but rather spans the entire roof, you’re more likely looking to have your roof replaced. For example, it could be worn out in multiple places. It could be missing many nails, have cracked in a variety of places, and missing whole portions of roofing. With so much exterior damage, chances are the roofing materials underneath are damaged as well.
Look back over the last few years to consider how often you have had problems with your commercial roof. If you are calling in the professionals for different repairs every few months, you’re paying too much and may benefit more from a replacement. If you have never had a problem with your roof, a repair might be the best way to go.
If you recently acquired the building and aren’t exactly sure how old the roof is, you may want a professional to take a look at it to estimate the age. If your roof is old enough that it’s going to need a replacement in the next couple of years anyway, you may want to just go ahead and do it now while you’re experiencing damage. If your roof is quite new, there’s generally no real reason you would need to replace it any time soon. A repair would be a better solution.