Every building, commercial roofing or otherwise, will experience commercial roofing problems sooner or later. This critical component of the building envelope is constantly subjected to weather, debris, and aging, all of which wear down even the best commercial roofing. Improper commercial roofing installation can hasten the deterioration process.
In some cases, replacing all or part of the commercial roofing is necessary, while in others, repairing is the better option. It’s helpful to get a general idea of how much your repair might cost as part of that decision.
Unfortunately, an online repair calculator cannot provide a reliable estimate. There are simply too many variables to consider, including:
1. Location of the Leak:-
Only after you’ve identified the source of the leak can you determine whether it’s repairable or needs to be replaced. Drawing a straight line up from where the leak appears inside the building will not always lead you to the source of the moisture intrusion. Water takes the path of least resistance, so a leak on the ceiling next to a light fixture could be the result of a parapet cap leak 50 feet away on an exterior wall. Detecting commercial roofing leaks requires the use of high-tech infrared cameras and moisture meters, which are operated by experienced professionals who have been trained in the proper use of the equipment.
2. The Amount of Damage:-
Damage to a small portion of commercial roofing will generally cost less to repair than extensive damage caused by unusually harsh hail storms, extreme wind forces, or poor installation. When a relatively inexpensive repair is delayed and moisture intrusion increases the extent of the damage, it can quickly escalate into a costly repair.
3. Roof Style:-
Commercial roofing comes in a wide range of styles, which are generally classified as flat (low-slope) or sloped. Flat roofs are typically less expensive to install but more costly to repair. They are also more prone to leaks due to their inability to shed water as readily. Commercial roofing material also has an impact on cost, with lower-cost materials generally being less expensive to repair and higher-cost materials generally being more expensive to repair.