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Commercial Roofing

A building is only as good as the roof that protects it. Your building’s roof is under constant stress from things like the weather, structural settling, and much more. A quality roof can hold up for years under all that wear and tear, but over time problems will start to develop. No matter what type of roof your building has, it needs regular maintenance and repair to maintain proper integrity.

Roof Replacement

A typical roof replacement involves completely removing the old roofing system and replacing it with a new one. Most often, a roof replacement is necessary when an existing roof is near the end of its useful life or when the function of the roof deck will change.

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Commercial Roof Inspection

One of the best ways to properly maintain a commercial roof is to have a roof inspection done each year. It’s not a good idea to wait until water is leaking into your building or damaging walls and foundations. Instead, an inspection is the best way to locate and repair any issues that may be developing - before disaster strikes!

6 Reasons Your Roof Inspection Might Fail

One of the most important reasons to maintain and repair your building’s roof is to prevent premature roof failure. Some of the most common reasons a roof will fail too soon include:

Clogged or Overflowing Drains

Vegetation Growth on the Roof

Tree & Debris Damage

Exposure to Weather & Elements

Lack of Regular Roof Maintenance

Lack of Proper Repairs

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Commercial Roof Maintenance Tips

A key part of regular roof maintenance is having an inspection done. But there are a few other roof maintenance tasks that should be done each year.

Have your gutters and downspouts cleaned at least twice a year

Trim back trees and landscaping, and keep it away from the roofline

Watch for signs of moss and mold growth

Look for leaks in the ceiling, around air conditioning units and skylights, and other problem-prone areas.

Ensure that you have the right kind and amount of insulation

Have a system for snow removal (in areas with heavy snowfall)

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Commercial Roof Repairs

Over time, even a strong commercial roof will need repairs. One of the best ways to extend the life of your commercial roof is to complete small repairs as soon as possible. By doing so, you can avoid more expensive repairs and replacement later on.

What Are The Most Common Repairs?

Some of the most common issues that may require repairs on an existing commercial roof include: Roof leaks, punctures or tears, debris, algae and vegetation growth, bubbling, water damage, coating deterioration, cracked or missing shingles, damaged or clogged drains and downspouts, skylights, & rusting metal.

Types of Commercial Roofing Systems

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing for commercial buildings is one of the most popular and oldest roofing systems available. Most commercial metal roofs are made of corrugated galvanized steel, although other materials can be used. A metal roof has many benefits, including lasting up to 40 years, durable even in severe weather, fire resistant, and being lightweight enough to install over an existing roof. A metal roof can also be coated to enhance waterproofing, UV protection, and rust protection. For an average commercial roof, the average cost of installation is between $5.00 and $10.00 per square foot. This price may vary depending on the type and style of the metal roof you choose.

Shingle Roofing

While shingle roofing is more common on residential homes, shingles are still sometimes the best choice for commercial roofs with a very steep slope. Shingles come in a variety of materials, including wood, slate, metal, plastic, ceramic, and composite material such as asphalt. Asphalt shingles are by far the most common, since they are affordable and can last anywhere between 15 and 30 years. For an average commercial roof, it will usually cost between $2.50 and $5.00 per square foot to install a typical shingle roofing system.

Built-Up Roofing

Built-up roofing systems, or “tar and gravel” roofs, are another common choice for commercial buildings. Along with being affordable, the main benefit of a built-up roofing system is that it tends to be durable and waterproof - many commercial built-up roofs can last up to 40 years. This type of roof is also typically low-maintenance and easy to repair. Built-up systems are installed by alternating layers of asphalt or tar and supporting fabrics directly onto the roof. For an average commercial roof, it will usually cost between $5.50 – $8.50 square foot, depending on the materials used.

Single Ply Membrane Roofing

Single-ply membrane roofing is another well-known type of commercial roofing material. This type of roofing consists of sheets of rubber and other synthetics that can be ballasted, mechanically fastened, or chemically adhered to insulation. Single-ply membrane roofs can last around 30 years and are known to be fire-resistant. It works very well in commercial flat roof applications. The average cost of installation is between $3.50 to $7.50 per square foot.

Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing

Spray foam roofing is a newer, eco-friendly roofing option for commercial, industrial, and manufacturing facilities. While not as common as some of the other roofing types, SPF can be used in any climate and, when installed correctly, can last over 50 years. It is also very energy efficient. SPF is sprayed in liquid form over an existing roof, where it expands into a solid foam layer. For an average commercial roof, it may cost on average between $4.00 and $7.00 per square foot to install.

Commercial Roofing Near Me

At Storm Guard, we offer professional commercial roof repair and maintenance for most roof types. We are your local commercial roofing contractor, offering quality products and services for your commercial property.

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