How to Assess Your Commercial Roof for Repair or Replacement

assess your commercial roof GreenPoint Roofing DenverMost roofing products come with a general timeline regarding when you will need to replace your commercial roof.

While most should give you 20-30 years of protection from the elements, exposure to harsh weather conditions (like hail) and insufficient maintenance may lead to needing roof repair or replacement sooner than expected.

If you suspect it’s time for a new roof, contact GreenPoint Roofing. Based in Longmont, we’re a locally owned company specializing in roof repair and replacement across Colorado.

Today, we’ll cover how to assess your commercial roof to determine what work needs to be done to provide your business with proper protection from the elements.

Have an Expert Assess Your Commercial Roof

If you suspect that your commercial roof is not performing as it should, the best action to take is to arrange a roof inspection by a professional. A qualified roofing contractor will be able to assess your commercial roof for leaks, premature aging and overall deterioration.

An inspection should include an internal and external examination of all seams, flashing, and joints. Any evidence of damage such as rot, cracks, loose flashing, or punctures can be recorded in a report and a suitable solution recommended.

Replacing vs. Repairing Your Commercial Roof

Once you have the level of damage determined by a professional, you’ll be another step closer to deciding if it’s time to replace your commercial roof.

The first factor you should take into account when making this decision is the age of your roof. If your structure is older than 20-30 years with an original roof, a repair will only temporarily delay the inevitable. It is better to invest in a complete commercial roof replacement in this case, rather than spending money on a fix that won’t last very long.

When you assess your commercial roof, the results may also reveal that improper materials were used to construct the roof or specific industry standards weren’t met. This might be due to corners being cut during the original build or simply reflect the age of the building. If this is the case, it’s advisable to opt for a full replacement that meets current codes.

In addition, a commercial roof that has damages over more than 25% of its area will require replacement. The cost of maintenance on an extensively damaged roof can easily overtake the cost of investing in a brand new roof in just a few years.

When the damage to your commercial roof is contained to a small area, and the rest of the roof is in good condition, a targeted repair or a partial replacement to that area may be feasible.

If your budget will not stretch to a full replacement of a damaged roof, you could carry out the replacement in sections over an extended period. It is a good idea to prioritize the areas where a fully functional roof is imperative, like over office space or expensive machinery.

For building owners, it is essential to keep track of roof maintenance and record any issues that arise. Remember to check ceilings for leaks or damp spots regularly, especially after heavy rain. If you suspect a problem feel free to contact our experts at GreenPoint Roofing. We will assess your commercial roof, as well as provide a competitively priced estimate for any work needed.

Can You Replace Your Roof in Winter?

Replace Your Roof in Winter by GreenPoint Roofing DenverDuring warm, dry summer months in the Denver area, many homeowners may think that their roof is in perfect shape. Then fall arrives, bringing snow and rain, and suddenly there’s a leak or shingles that have frozen and begun cracking.

Now what? Can you even replace your roof in winter?

Absolutely. At GreenPoint Roofing, we know that homeowners will choose to get an old roof replaced during the summer, but if necessity requires, the same job can be completed during the winter. In fact, it actually comes with some advantages.

Let’s take a closer look at what happens when you need to replace your roof in winter.

Do Roofing Contractors Work During Winter?

Unlike bears, roofing contractors do not hibernate during the winter. We continue to work all year-round, attending to the customers that need our services.

As we said, it’s not unusual to realize that you have a leak or a problem with your roof until the winter hits. That’s when you’ll start to see moisture entering the home due to rain or snow.

Scheduling a roofing contractor during the winter can also be a lot easier than he summer when the demand is higher. Many roofing professionals even prefer to do specific projects during the winter when the temperatures are not suffocatingly hot.

Of course, if you need to replace your roof in winter, there are disadvantages such as having to reschedule in case of snowy weather, not to mention relatively shorter days. Some roofing jobs are a bit tougher during the winter, so it is a good idea to discuss scheduling and contingencies.

Replacing Your Asphalt Roof

One of the more challenging winter roof replacements are asphalt shingles which can become brittle and difficult to work with during freezing temperatures. In addition, the adhesive that provides a seal between overlapping shingles will not bond sufficiently without the sun’s heat.

To avoid having these shingles coming loose or blowing off your roof shortly after having them installed, it’s best to keep a close eye on the weather. Ideally, asphalt shingles should only be installed when temps are between 40 and 85 degrees.

Flat and Metal Commercial Roofs

For flat roofs, typically commercial roofing, the best type of materials to install during the winter are PVC and TPO (Thermoplastic Olefin). These single ply materials do not require the heat of the sun to bond successfully. They are sealed manually by a roofing professional using a hot air welding technique.

If you want to replace your roof in winter, you may run into trouble if you want a flat rubber roof. These are a challenge to install during the winter months as the adhesives used to fix them to the underlayment may not bond and can result in leaks.

Last but not least, metal roofs are the least affected by cold temperatures, so they can be easily installed during winter.

For help, please contact GreenPoint Roofing in Longmont. We offer in-home consultations and free estimates if you need to replace your roof in winter. We pride ourselves on working with honesty and integrity. Our priority is to provide high quality, long-lasting roofing at the best possible price for both homeowners and businesses.