Commercial Roofing FAQs: When is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

Kathleen Maxwell | February 20, 2023

Commercial Roofing frequently asked questions.

Knowing if and when to replace your commercial roof can be a challenge for building owners and property managers. Most commercial roofs have a lifespan of 15-25 years. However, this lifespan can sometimes be shortened by weather damage, improper installation, or lack of maintenance. Eventually, every commercial building will require a roof replacement.

At Maxwell Roofing, we’ve helped our clients navigate that decision for nearly 70 years. This experience allows us to assess the condition of your roof and provide the best course of action based on your specific needs. After hundreds of conversations over the years, we’ve learned some of the common questions that building owners and property managers have about replacing their roofs.

Here we answer some common questions commercial building owners have about a roof replacement.

Q: How long will my commercial roof last?

A: Commercial roof systems can last anywhere between 10 and 40 years, depending on the type of roof. On average, your roof will last for 20 years if it is well taken care of.

Q: What could impact the longevity of my commercial roof?

A: While regular maintenance and proactive care is the best way to extend the life of a commercial roof, extreme weather conditions are also a big factor in how long your roof will last.

Q: How do I know I need a roof replacement?

A: Most businesses will replace their roofs when they start leaking regularly. Recurring leaks are usually the clearest sign that a roof may be damaged beyond repair. Water damage from persistent leaks can also cause damage to other parts of the building so it’s essential to contact a professional roofer as soon as a leak is discovered.

Q: Can my roof be repaired instead of replaced?

A: Maybe. Roof repairs are possible with certain types of damage. Commercial roofers can patch leaks in some cases, but as leaks and repairs become more frequent, they become less effective long-term. A trusted roofing partner will always try to find a way to repair your roof before suggesting a replacement.

Q: Will my roof warranty cover the replacement?

A: If components of your roof were improperly installed or damaged, it’s possible an active roof warranty may cover replacing some parts of your roof. But warranties don’t last forever and won’t cover the wear and tear that roofs experience over their lifetimes. If you notice damage early on in your roof’s life, it’s important to have a professional examine the problem as soon as possible to be sure that you can take advantage of the warranty while it’s active.

Q: How much will my commercial roof replacement cost?

A: Commercial roof replacement is expensive, but the final price depends on the scope of work and the size of the roof. Businesses should expect to determine the scope of work and budget ahead of time to be able to afford a roof replacement down the line.

Q: How do I get started with the commercial roof replacement process?

A: Contact your trusted commercial roofing partner for an inspection and the proposal development process.

If you’re ready to get started with your commercial roof replacement, our team at Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal is ready to help! Contact us today to learn more.

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