How to know if your Commercial Roof needs Replacing?
The average lifespan for a commercial flat roof is around 20-30 years depending on the type of flat roof you have installed.
There are certain signs you can look out for to determine whether or not your roof needs to be replaced.
- The age of your roof-
Commercial flat roofs generally only last for up to 30 years. For some types of felt roof, the longevity can be as low as 15 years. So if your roof is older than that, it could be time to think about replacing it. Before any serious damage is caused.
Another reason to think about getting a new roof installed is the level of maintenance and upkeep your current roof requires. If it is in need of repair, the damage caused can lead to all sorts of problems, both inside your property, and to the structure itself. And you could be losing a lot of energy, and money, through any minor damaged areas, that you may have overlooked. Installing a new roof can help your property stay thermally efficient, and prevent serious damage.
Considerations you Should take when Replacing your Roof
However before you start to jump into installing a new flat roof, their are certain things you should consider.
The ‘Control of Asbestos Regulation 2012’ states that any building; domestic or commercial which is found to have asbestos present is required to be assessed; then if necessary, have it removed. While some forms of asbestos will not need to removed, if they don’t pose a health risk, many other forms will. So before you take down your existing roof, make sure it has been asbestos tested.
- The environment
Additionally, you should consider thermal efficiency, and the environment. Choosing a type of roof that is designed to insulate your property, and reduce the amount of heat lost is a great option both for you, and the environment. As it means you will need to use less gas and electricity to heat your building, and this will also mean you save on bills.
Available Commercial Flat Roofing Options?
After careful consideration, if you was to conclude that you need a commercial roof replacement then their are various options available.
Single ply roofing is one option that you can use. this involves installing sheets of synthetic polymer that are 100% waterproof, and fully flexible and stable. These sheets are sealed at the joints to create a lasting, waterproof result.
In addition to this you could always choose to use hot melt roofing. This is applied as a liquid directly onto the surface of your roof deck .Hot melt roofing is incredibly waterproof, and weather resistant and It can withstand temperatures of up to -18 degrees, and is incredibly long lasting. In fact, some hot melt roofing systems can last up to 50 years.
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