When it comes to roofs, there are many who’d prefer to make things work with repairs than go in for a replacement. However, there will come a time when a replacement will actually prove to be a better and smarter investment than a series of endless repairs. At Hynes, we have helped several businesses make the right decision between commercial roof repairs and roof replacement. Here’s a quick read that will help you understand the circumstances that warrant a complete roof replacement as well as the factors you’ll need to consider when calling for a roof replacement estimate from a qualified roofing contractor.
Some signs that say it’s time to replace your roof
Sign 1: Your roof has open gaps
If your roof has missing shingles in one or more parts, this could be just the entry point that rain water needs to penetrate the leak barrier and percolate into your interior.
Sign 2: Your ceiling has prominent stains
There’s something about your ceiling that makes you gaze up and you realize it’s a water stain. Stains on your ceiling or walls can be a sign of puddle spots on your roof that have allowed water to seep all the way inside.
Sign 3: There’s a foul odor in the air
If you notice something foul or off about the smell in your interiors, then you’ ve got mold. This happens as a result of a water leak that has gone undetected for weeks or perhaps even months, and has then dried up on the roof surface.
Sign 4: Your see puddles when you’re indoors
Imagine walking into your business premises and seeing a puddle right in front of you. This is a clear and direct sign that your roof has a serious leak that’s letting water drip straight through.
Factors that will determine your roof replacement cost
1. Different materials, different costs
The type of roof you desire will decide the price you pay for your roof replacement. For example, single-ply roofs that are seen on flat roofing systems are the most cost-effective while tiles used on sloped roofs are the most expensive to replace. If you’re considering modified bitumen roofs for its additional layers and protection, prepare for an increase in the price of replacement. The same goes for metal roofs which are an increasingly popular option for the variety of styles and colors they’re available in. Shingles are a preferred choice because of the aesthetic value but your cost will depend on the type of shingle you purchase.
2. The damage you see, the damage you don’t
The cost of replacement is determined by the damage that’s clearly visible to the eye as well as the damage that may be hidden from plain sight. Take for instance, the roofing system that lies underneath your roof as well as your insulation. Any issues in these areas can only be identified via a professional inspection and will only add to your costs of a roof replacement.
3. More area, more expense
Your roof replacement cost will be directly proportional to the surface area of your roof. However, the actual cost per square foot will depend on the material and roofing style you choose and it’s likely that you’ll experience savings with some options more than others.
4. Less or more roof structures
The simplicity or complexity of your roof structure also has a role to play in fixing the cost. If you have a higher number of structures on your roof that installers have to work around, this will mean more effort in terms of labour as well as materials and will increase your overall outlay.
5. Special permits
The necessity of special permits may be an unobvious contributor to your roof replacement’s cost structure.
6. Necessary structural upgrades
Lastly, your roofing replacement will also factor in certain upgrades that are necessary for the efficient and holistic performance of your entire roofing system. These additional costs, as pointed out by your contractor, should be considered as a sound investment for a functionally efficient roof.
The average cost of roof replacement
For a single-ply flat roof – $11 to $14 per sq.ft.
For built-up bituminous flat roof – $11.50 to $14.50 per sq. ft.
For asphalt shingle roof – $3.50 to $7 per sq. ft.
For barrel tile roof – $6.50 to $18 per sq. ft.
For metal roof – $7 to $15 per sq. ft.
Commercial roof replacement isn’t an easy decision to make. We hope the facts shared in this article will help you make an informed decision on whether roof replacement is or isn’t the need of the hour for your commercial property. In case, you’re looking for a commercial roofing contractor with proven expertise in commercial roof repair, commercial roof replacement or roofing service in Ardmore PA, look us up at Hynes Construction. With a track record spanning over 40 years, we are recognized for the professionalism and attention to detail that we bring into each of the commercial roofing projects executed by us. Give us a call and we’ll be delighted to handle your commercial roof replacement project with the Hynes way of excellence.
(President, Hynes Roofing and Siding)
With over 35 years experience in the roofing and siding industry, Michelle Hynes has built a business from 2 people into over 45 people and 19 trucks!