Repair Or Replace: Commercial Roof Guide

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Repair Or Replace: Commercial Roof Guide

Some things simply cannot be avoided. Mother nature is one of them, especially in the autumn and winter months. The weather can play havoc with most things, and your roof is certainly one of them. Your roof is one asset that can potentially take a knock, no matter how defensive you think it may be or how much money you may have spent on it.

Throughout the winter, you’ll know all too well in the UK we often experience strong blustery winds, heavy rain and thick snow – all three causes for concern for the performance of your roof. These things we simply cannot avoid – no matter how much money we spend. The last thing any business owner wants is to fall victim to business interruption due to uncontrollable weather conditions.

But with Roofclad Systems, not only do you pay for our experienced team of Roofers with a wealth of knowledge to work with you and your business to create the best solution possible, but the quality is never compromised. We can provide you with aftercare tips and maintenance plans to put in place to prevent any serious roof damage, and get the absolute most out of your commercial roof.

We understand that no matter what time of the year, no business owner wants to be left with costly payments to be made to repair or replace their commercial roof.

Which is why we are going to delve deeper into the topic of: “Repair or Replace?” and give the untrained eye some helpful tips on exactly what signs you need to look out for on your commercial roofing and how Roofclad Systems can help.


First, Get To Know Your Roof –


In order to spot any differences or potential risks with your commercial roof, you need to get to know your roofing system from day one. You can do this two ways; If you have had your roof fitted under your own instruction, then you will have had conversations with your roofer at the time of fitting about what type of roof is best for your building, such as a flat roof for example, and you will have seen it from being brand new.

This gives you a head start in knowing exactly how it should look, exactly how it should work, and it should be easier to spot any slight differences. However, if you have never touched your commercial roof since your business moved into the building, and the roof has been there long term, then you may not be aware of the exact condition that it should be in.

We would always recommend that you get in touch with the company that fitted your roof, and ask questions to ensure that you are up to speed on what signs you should be looking out for – because at the end of the day, it’s not just yourself that you need to protect, you have a workforce, equipment and technology to cover in order for your business to run as smoothly as possible.


How Long Should A Commercial Roof Last?


Your commercial roof, when fitted by a trustworthy and expert roofer, can last in the region of 10-35 years. This all will depend on how well the roof is maintained in the long term. If you look after your roof and have a robust roof maintenance plan in place you can expect your roof to last towards the end of the scale and you’ll get many years from it before you’ll need to carry out a roof replacement.


Potential Damage To Your Commercial Roof –


As we mentioned earlier, we cannot control the weather, and we cannot always prevent even the smallest bouts of damage occurring through strong winds, heavy rain and laying snow. Before you make the decision to repair or replace your roof, inspect what the damage is.

Some of the most common signs of damage to look out for with your commercial roof can be:

  • Wind Drafts – This is one of the most common signs that make us doubt the performance of our commercial roof. If you begin to feel a cold draft more than you used to, then it’s time to investigate your roof.
  • Leaks – Imposing water leaks are never good, and this is the second most common flag for concern if you spot roof leaks within your commercial roof.

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  • Interior Water Stains – Sometimes, leaks are not always as apparent as you would think. And you begin to spot interior water stains on your walls, or flooring.
  • Mould / Strong Odours – Your workplace having a funky smell that you can’t seem to shift no matter how much bleach you clean with is never a good thing. And strong, unwelcome odours can often lead to the growth of mould. This could be caused by leaking pipes, rising damp and roof damage. mould from roof damage
  • Nonfunctioning Guttering System – If your gutters are not disposing of excess rain as well as they should be, or they are getting clogged far too easily, this can have a knock on effect to the performance of your commercial roof. Some business owners may notice this more prominently if you have a flat roof.
  • Flashing Damage – If your flashing appears to be rusting, peeling or damaged, then it will not be able to protect your roof from water damage.


Is It Better To Repair Or Replace A Roof?

This will come down to finding out which is more cost effective to repair or carry out a full roof replacement. Knowing how extensive the damage is will help with the decision and will give you the ability to financially plan for the roof service.


When To Consider Roof Repair –

A roof repair is probably the most practical solution to your general wear and tear, not to mention repairs are usually the most cost friendly.

Think of it like a vehicle MOT – your roof will undergo it’s roof service maintenance checks by a qualified roofer (ideally those who fitted your roof) on a quarterly / bi-annual / annual basis.

A general sweep of maintenance will take place including the removal of rubbish, debris and leaves from cluttered gutters, inspection of rainwater outlets and replacement of leaf guards and then you may get advisory points for repairs that could do with being repaired to maintain the tip top condition of your roof.


When To Consider Roof Replacement –


If your roof is damaged beyond repair, or it will cost twice or three times as much for repairs compared to replacing with an entire new roof, then sometimes the luxury of having a choice is taken away from you. In this instance, a roof replacement is the only solution. Which is why we cannot stress the importance of a Refurbishment Plan enough, to avoid running into situations like these.

If you find that you keep experiencing the same trouble with your roofs again and again, or a strong storm causes unavoidable damage in the long run to the performance of your roof and/or insulation, then a long term solution is needed. A roof replacement would be the optimal solution, and replace it without delay, the severity of a damaged roof should not be ignored.

But it’s not all negative – yes it may cost you more, but it gives you the opportunity to work with your roofer on what assets of your roof are your main focus. It’s a great change to implement new technologies such as Rooflight Works, which your previous roof may not have had. They can not only add value to your business but save you a pretty penny on your monthly electricity bills!

How Much Does It Usually Cost To Repair A Roof?


Unfortunately there isn’t a one price fits all formula for all roofs. The cost of repairs or to do a full new roof will vary depending on the level of damage and the area that needs a repair. If you want to get a ball-park figure for the cost of repairs you can often get a free quote from roofing contractors like Roofclad Systems.


How Roofclad Systems Can Help Minimise Roof Costs –

Here at Roofclad Systems, we focus on delivering the best customer service to our clients, along with the best quality roofs, materials and performance. Which is why we offer all of our clients our Roofclad Systems Maintenance Checks and Refurbishment Plan, as a source of aftercare to your roof, because the hard work does not stop at the fitting.

Our Maintenance Checks and Refurbishment Plan includes:

  • Quarterly / Bi-Annual / Annual site visits.
  • Removal of all rubbish, debris and leaves from roof areas and gutters.
  • Inspect all rainwater outlets, replace leaf guards.
  • In light of Climate change, it is more important than ever to ensure all gutters and rainwater pipes are free-flowing especially on older buildings where they were designed for rainfall rates which are less than current standards, we are happy to check the design of existing rainwater systems and introduce additional weir overflows or pipes where necessary.

All our aftercare services minimises the chances that you will need to replace your entire roof.  With regular checks and repairs you can extend the lifetime of any commercial roofs.


Get In Touch Today…


If this blog has been insightful for you today, and you would like to speak to a member of our team about an area of concern with your roof or you would like to join our Roofs Maintenance Checks and Refurbishment Plan, then don’t hesitate to get in touch today! Roofclad Systems are your roofing contractor of choice. Give us a call on 0191 410 7535 or email us at