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How a Roof Inspection or Repair Benefits Your Business and Its Insurance Policy

When it comes to commercial buildings, improvements and repairs not only raise the value of the building but also help to provide a positive impression for the company that owns the building. A roof inspection will make you aware of its current condition and will bring any needed repairs to your attention. Fixing any issues in a timely manner will pay off in more ways than one – here’s how:

Prevents Severe Damage

Routine roof inspections can help identify small issues before they grow into larger ones. You should always repair these minor issues promptly to prevent severe damage, leaking or structural issues. For example, broken, cracked or missing roof tiles, shingles or flashing are all minor issues that can affect other roof structures and create major problems if left unchecked. Widespread minor damage that’s left unrepaired, over time, can also be disastrous. That said, widespread minor damage is still better than severe localized damage. To prevent damage that could lead to replacement and negatively impact your insurance premium, have your commercial roof inspected at least once a year and after any severe weather season.

Secures Your Business Insurance Policy

Business insurance policies can be complex, but the more your business has to offer, the more your insurance policy will give. Therefore, you should look to improve your business in any way, including improving your commercial property. Repairing the roof, especially visible signs of damage, can reduce the cost of your insurance. To the insurance provider, a strong, safe roof or building structure is indicative of a strong, safe business, which is more insurable. Your roof should be repaired at the first sign of damage, but especially when you’re renewing your business insurance policy. To improve your policy or secure a better rate, repair visible and underlying damage and remove any mold or mildew.

Extend the Life of Your Roof

Depending on the type of roof, the materials used and the quality of the installation, a roof can quite literally last decades. With regular maintenance, the right materials and prompt, proper repairs, you can extend the life of a commercial roof. In fact, inspections and subsequent repairs by a commercial roofing company, like Crest Roofing, is the best way to protect your investment. Routine repairs can also combat moisture buildup that could lead to pooling, leaking and even roof buckling.

Wondering about the health of your roof? Contact us today to schedule an inspection!

Deciding When to Repair or Replace Your Flat Roof

Flat roofs can last from at least 10 to 25 years and, in some cases, up to as much as 40 years, depending upon the materials that were used and the quality of the workmanship. Unfortunately, like other types of roofs, flat roofs can experience their fair share of problems within that timeframe. Susceptibility to the elements makes leaking and other issues more common, but a leak isn’t a cause for alarm unless your roof is more than 10 years old or frequently exposed to inclement weather. Frequent leaks and subsequent damage can raise the alarm and turn a repair into a replacement. This isn’t always the case, however, so you will need to know when to repair and when to replace. Below are a few considerations that could help you make the right decision:

Old Roof Materials

Roof materials (e.g. flashing) don’t last as long as the roof itself. And the lifespan of these materials often depends on their quality. However, not all materials last as long as they should. Poor maintenance and severe weather can reduce their lifespan and effectiveness. If your roof is damaged, an expert should first assess your roof materials. This assessment will help the expert determine the age of the materials used and, therefore, whether your roof should be repaired or replaced. Just keep in mind that frequent leaks are a sign of wear and severely dated roof materials.

An Improperly Installed Roof

It’s not uncommon for a flat roof to be improperly or incorrectly installed. An incorrect installation can cause numerous problems, including improper draining and damage to the roof system. Ventilation, flashing, membrane and more may be susceptible to cracking, tearing and blistering. Moreover, improper draining can lead to standing or pooling water, which may cause leakage and buckling over time. In this case, repair isn’t an option, the roof must be replaced. For an excellent and proper flat roof replacement, call a reputable commercial roofing company like Crest Roofing.

Severe Roof Damage

Just because a roof has widespread damage, doesn’t necessarily mean it should be replaced. Widespread minor damage can simply be repaired without causing subsequent damage. On the other hand, concentrated severe damage can be too risky to repair, and widespread damage paired with old roof materials is cause for a roof replacement. The best course of action is to have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor.

Are you concerned about your flat roof? Call us to schedule an inspection today! Looking for information on another type of roofing system? Check out our other blog posts or give us a call!