"Do judge a roof by it's cover"
March 20, 2017
Every commercial roof ages. Some age far faster than others, whether from location, poor maintenance, rough weather or some other cause. How can a St. Louis facilities manager or building owner know when the time is right to replace a commercial roof?
St. Louis businesses should plan on at least annual roof inspections by qualified, professional roofers. Regardless of the building’s age, your roof could have accelerated aging or show characteristics of a much younger roof despite being in service well past its warranty.
Commercial roof inspections reveal little signs that are often warnings of conditions to come. Your own maintenance crew may interpret a problem — like blisters — as no problem, but a blister could be a symptom of a bigger issue. A blister in a modified bitumen roof may not be a major problem. A blister in a built-up roof (BUR) indicates the wrong temperature of the hot asphalt during installation, so the failing layers are not adhering.
Some problems look very big and scary, but do not indicate replacement. Problems can be repaired if:
Crazing and crackling of the roof surface may be widespread, but again may not be a reason to replace your roof.
According to industry experts at Facilities Net, replacement, rather than repair, is warranted in a few situations:
Only the trained eyes and practiced hands of a commercial roofer can help you learn the truth about your roof. Contact Jewett Roofing today to schedule commercial roof inspection and to determine the best time for your commercial roof replacement.