Repair Or Replace: How To Determine What Your Commercial Roof Needs

Repair Or Replace: How To Determine What Your Commercial Roof Needs

The roof of your business is a critical component of your business. It protects your building and inventory from damage and keeps your employees safe. If you do not maintain your roof, the water damage from rains alone can become a nightmare of buckets and move around inventory. Replacing that roof is also one of the most expensive expenditures to fix. This is why you need to look at the option of which is better, to repair or to replace.


Repair Or Replace: Key Factors


You may want to consider the option to repair rather than replace your roof as it can be a major cost saving option. But, make sure you are not just spending money that only delays the inevitable. So here are some factors to look at as you are deciding what option is best for you.


  1. Warranty On Current Roof:


When it comes to deciding to replace or repair, it is important you understand the terms of your warranty, if it has expired or how much time you have left on that warranty. Secondly, you need to determine if the problem falls under the manufacturer or installation portion of your warranty. Also keep in mind that if there is any reason no matter how small that the manufacturer can blame the installer or vice versa, you can end up with no one wanting to pay.


  1. The Age Of The Roof:


Every roof, no matter the composition has an expected lifespan. This depends on the type of roof, materials used, the condition, and the installation of the roof. The older the roof, the more likely you are better off investing in a new roof. In fact, in some cases, an inexpensive replacement may end up costing you less than repairing a roof near the end of its life expectancy.


  1. What Is Causing The Problem:


The most common cause of repairing or replacing roofs is if leaks occur repeatedly. But most leaks are due to installation errors and a proper repair can be a less expensive option. For example, if you notice the leaks happen at any penetrations in the roof it is usually where holes have punched through the roof. This is probably due to a bad install. But if the leaks are coming through the seams, it may be better to replace the roof.


  1. Possible Tax Incentives:


If you find you do need to replace rather than repair your roof there may be tax incentives available as well. Check your local, state, and federal tax incentive guidelines. Also, it is good to know that some roof repairs can be tax deductible.


Evaluating Your Needs


Your building's roof is a major investment and an important one. It can be a major hit to your business cash flow. This is why it is so important that you have a professional evaluation of the condition of your roof by a professional whose business is commercial roofing as home roofing is vastly different from commercial roofing. At Gulf Tex Roofing and Services, we are totally committed to not only providing the highest quality roofing services but to do so at affordable prices so whether you need to repair or replace it is within reach for any business owner.