6 Factors That Affect Commercial Roof Lifespan

How long has it been since you repaired or replaced the roof of your commercial building? Unlike your home’s roof, you do not get as many chances to spot the signs that the roof of a commercial building needs repairs. However, the longer you wait on repairs, the higher the potential cost. Keeping an eye out for these six factors can help you extend the lifespan of your commercial roof.

Commercial Roof Lifespan

Your Materials Matter

As we talked about roofing materials in depth in this blog post, we will summarize the differences here.

  • Asphalt Shingles last around 20 years but start to turn upwards in high humidity.
  • Metal is more expensive than asphalt but also more durable.
  • Plastic Polymer lasts a long time, but potentially provides worse insulation and soaks up hazardous materials.
  • Clay Tiles are beautiful but costly, and sometimes brittle.
  • Concrete Tiles are durable and heavy. Make sure your house can handle them.
  • Wood Shingles do require more periodic maintenance than other materials.

Installation Affects Your Roof’s Lifespan

When you need roof work done, you should always look for a professional service. Roof repairs are not a DIY project. Save yourself time, money, and a headache by hiring professionals. We know some guys, they’re good.

Build-up on Ventilation

Between the rainy season and the summer temperature, attics attract and hold a great deal of humidity. This built-up humidity is a breeding ground for rot on rafters or roof sheathing and mold growing through your roofing material.

Proper ventilation of the attic clears out the heat and moisture before they start causing major problems.

Slope Determines Drainage

Roof slope is measured in pitch. A roof that rises 3 inches for every foot the roof runs is a 3/12 pitch. A 12/12 pitch is a roof that slopes at a 45° angle. Roofs with a narrower pitch have a higher chance of pooling water. Poor drainage can mean a pool of water lingering on your roof for a while before it evaporates, which can lead to water damage.

The Oklahoma Weather

Harsh weather anywhere can damage roofing material, and of course, Oklahoma weather patterns are hard to predict. The Oklahoma tornadoes cause take apart any roof. However, everyday weather can do enough damage over a long period that will also drastically shorten the lifespan of your commercial roof.

Maintenance Fixes Problems before They Grow

Once again, roof maintenance is not a DIY project. Calling professional roofers every six months for routine inspections and maintenance stop small issues before they grow into big problems. It is easy for the layman to dismiss the warning signs of an aging roof, but the professionals know what to look for when it comes to roof repair.

Contact Robbins Roofing Today

To properly care for your roof, you should hire a professional roof care company at least twice a year. Always be on the lookout for leaks, broken shingles, sunlight shining through the roof boards, or other apparent damages that signal a damaged roof. Get a quote today, y’all.

For roofing assistance in Oklahoma City, contact Robbins Roofing today!