A roof is perhaps the most critical source of protection against the elements. If you have a multi-family building, you naturally need to keep its roof in perfect condition. Minor defects can lead to dangerous leaks and collapse. Like other buildings and homes, you need to re-roof your multi-family complex in time to mitigate the problems. Here are the signs that it is the right time to re-roof the complex.
The Roof is Old
Like anything else, roofing materials age with time. Many of them, such as metal roofing, can last for up to 40 years. However, depending on the prevailing climatic conditions and improper maintenance and repairs, the roof can age earlier than expected.
The signs of roof aging that you should look out for include:
- Missing materials
- Leaks whenever it rains
- Higher than anticipated repair costs
- Damaged, missing, or cracked flashing
If your roof is old and you see the above issues, you can be sure it needs immediate attention.
Unfortunately, even newer roofs may need replacement. When you’ve noticed that the repair bills are adding up to an unreasonable amount, it may be time to take action and get a professionals opinion for the best solution. If you’re not careful, you may find that you’re spending as much on repairs as a roof replacement would have cost.
The best practice is to commit to a maintenance schedule for your roof. Scheduling and keeping a record of maintenance will allow you to quickly identify the history of the roof and may save you money in the long run. If you find that the annual expenditure for repairs is adding up faster than anticipated it may be financially prudent to re-roof in the near future.
When your flashing is damaged or missing, water is able to run inside to the roof’s seams. insulation, and understructure. Water intrusion can lead to severe problems. When you see damaged, missing, or cracked flashing, call KSI Commercial Roofing Dallas to schedule a professional inspection. We will be able to detect and stop the water intrusion with our expert equipment and know-how.
If you do not repair the flashing issue in time, water will eventually cause damage to the interior of the building. Never ignore damaged, loose, or missing flashing.
Want to Make Improvements
You may need to factor in re-roofing, depending on the type and nature of the improvements that you want to make to your multi-family building. Many homeowners that plan to paint their buildings, or re-pave their driveways and parking lots, upgrade their signage and canopies are likely to think about their roofs too.
Your situation may be unique, but it makes the most economic sense if you make all the changes when you are re-roofing. This is the right way to reduce the chances of being forced by circumstances to replace your roof when you want to make improvements or additions.
When it comes to maintaining or repairing your multi-family building, it is in your best interest to hire experienced contractors. They can help you to extend the lifespan of your roofs or detect them in time when you need to re-roof.