One of the key advantages of modern commercial roofing is that it doesn’t always require replacement even if it looks that way on the surface. Here are the three R’s of commercial roofing and how following these guidelines can save you on roofing costs.
The Three R’s of Commercial Roofing
International Facility Management Association (IFMA) reports that as much as 85% of commercial roof replacements were done prematurely. Inexperienced contractors and/or poorly informed property owners and managers immediately resorted to roof replacement when other solutions were more viable. A common misconception about commercial roofing is that, if the roof has undergone multiple repairs, then the only solution is to replace it.
Following the three R’s in order lets you get the most out of your commercial roof.
Repairs — Commercial roofs are highly repairable compared to other types of exterior components. Punctures can be patched, seams can be re-welded, and cracks can be filled. A knowledgeable roofing contractor must exhaust all ways to repair the roof before proceeding to the next “R”, restoration.
Restoration — Whereas repairs are done on an as-needed basis, restoration is a series of repairs done in a single project. It is intended to address all hidden and apparent roof problems. If your home or commercial property has undergone storm damage repairs, then you probably have an idea of the scope of roof restoration.
Replacement — You and your roofing contractor should only resort to roof replacement when restoration is not a practical solution anymore or if the old roof doesn’t comply with existing building codes.
Why Should the Three R’s Be Followed?
The primary advantage of following the three R’s is avoiding unnecessary roofing costs. It also encourages property owners to maintain a scheduled roofing inspection and maintenance plan. Well-maintained roofs rarely require anything beyond small repair work and are less susceptible to storm and hail damage.
Solid State Construction is your leading provider of residential and commercial roofing systems. Give us a call at (508) 709-0041 if you have questions about commercial roofing. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.