When to Replace the Roof on Your Industrial Building

Kathleen Maxwell | June 15, 2022

aerial shot of industrial building

Industrial building roof replacement or commercial roof replacement are both expensive undertakings. Yet there comes a point in every roof’s life when replacement is absolutely necessary. In this blog, we will look at the signs that an industrial roof is wearing out and go over options for replacing it. 

Roof Lifespan

How long a roof lasts depends on how well it is taken care of, starting with its installation. Without preventative maintenance, an industrial roof will wear out long before its expected lifespan. Here are some expected durability timeframes for well-cared-for roofs:

Standing-seam metal roofs: 30-40 years

Single-ply roofing: 15-20 years

Modified bitumen and built-up roofs: 20-30 years

Once your roof starts approaching the end of its lifespan, it’s important to keep an eye out for other signs that it may be deteriorating.

The Four Signs It’s Time for an Industrial Building Roof Replacement

Well-maintained roofs will last for decades, but once they start exhibiting these problems, it’s time for a replacement.

  • Persistent leaks: If a leak continues even after a repair, then it may be time for a replacement. Any leaks that have infiltrated the insulation cannot be fixed and will require roofers to cut out the insulation and replace it for proper repair. 
  • A large number of leaks: If a roof has many different leaks, it’s likely a sign that part of the roof is compromised. If your building is experiencing many leaks in different parts of the building, it’s time for a new roof. 
  • Visible damage: Micro-perforations, or splits, in a single-ply roof are signs of membrane deterioration. When this occurs, it’s best to consider a full replacement, as repairs are costly and less effective.
  • Blistering: Water damage to a roof can cause gas to build up under the roofing membrane and cause blistering. This type of damage is a sign that the roof is aging, and it’s time to begin discussing replacement. 

What To Do if Your Industrial Roof Needs Replacement

Commercial roof replacement costs can be daunting, but a roof replacement can be a significant improvement for a building. A new roof will improve the look and safety of your building and can even create energy efficiency savings on your energy bill. If you’re ready to learn more about industrial roof replacement, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal today. Our team is here and ready to help.

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