Commercial roofs do not always require replacement when it develops problems. In this blog, roofing maintenance services contractor Enchantment Roofing discusses the three R’s of commercial roofing and how it can save you money.
The Three R’s of Commercial Roofing
According to the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), as much as 85% of commercial roof replacements were unnecessary. Poorly informed contractors or property owners took roof replacement as the go-to solution instead of a last resort. A common mindset is that if the roof had undergone several repairs, then it must be due for replacement.
But this is not always the case. In fact, following the three R’s of commercial roofing can save you the cost of a premature roof replacement:
Repair — Repairs should be the go-to solution whenever a commercial roof develops problems. Commercial roofing systems are highly repairable compared to their residential counterparts. The roofing contractor must exhaust all repair solutions before proceeding to the next “R”:
Restore — Restoration differs from repairs, in that repairs are done as-needed, whereas roof restoration addresses all apparent and hidden roofing problems at the same time. This is the approach used on storm-damaged roofs, as the damage is often too extensive for spot repairs. Additional protective measures, such as the addition of a roof restoration coating system, may also be used.
Replacement — Replacement should only be done when the roof in such a condition that restoration is not feasible, or if the roof is so old that it doesn’t comply with current building codes.
Why Should the Three R’s Be Followed?
In addition to avoiding unnecessary replacement costs, the three R’s encourage keeping a scheduled roofing maintenance plan. Well-maintained commercial roofs rarely require anything beyond repair work, with perhaps the exception of storm damage. This is one reason why commercial roofs must always be built to purpose. One wouldn’t install a single-ply roofing system on a roof when anticipating any amount of foot traffic, otherwise the repair work would cost too much, enough to prompt premature restoration work.
Enchantment Roofing is your leading provider of residential and commercial roofing services, including emergency roof repair. Give us a call at (505) 780-4616 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Santa Fe, NM, and surrounding areas.
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