When it comes to your industrial or commercial roof, preventing damage before it happens is always worth it. In other words, investing in a quality industrial flat roof, and regular maintenance will be of great benefit to both your building’s appearance and the initial investment of your business.

However, not all building improvement decisions are easy to determine. For example, it’s sometimes possible – and entirely normal – to seek industrial flat roof repairs rather than replacing it entirely. Which route you take will depend on several factors.

So which is the best route to take?

We’ve put together a list of questions to help you make the right decision on whether to repair or replace your commercial or industrial flat roof.

  1. How is the overall condition of your commercial roof?

One of the easiest ways to tell whether you should seek flat roof repairs, or if you should replace your commercial roof entirely is to inspect its condition. If the roof is generally in good condition and there is no serious damage to its insulation, then a repair may be the best solution. However, if there are noticeable leaks, cracks, holes or other internal signs of damage such as discolored ceiling tiles, it’s most likely time for a replacement.

  1. What is the condition of your commercial roof?

If your commercial roof is in good condition even after being damaged, a repair may be sufficient in order to prevent further damage. Repairing your commercial or industrial roof can save you money. Why? Failing to repair a damaged roof can often (and most times will) lead to further damage that cannot be salvaged. Plus, you may also be able to extend the life of your roof by making these repairs.

However, if damage to your flat roof is extensive, it would make most sense to replace it completely. When making the decision to replace your commercial roof, consider the effect the flat roof damage could have on the rest of your building, your business, and the people working within the building. If the damage is in an area that is critical to the operations of your business, or worse, in an area that comprises the safety of your employees, it may be time to consider a full replacement.

  1. Do you need a permanent or temporary fix to your commercial roof?

Although it may be best to permanently fix any issue you may have with your commercial roof, we understand that budgets may not always allow for it. So, to answer this question, it may depend on your budget as well your operational plans.

A temporary fix could be a suitable solution if you need more time to budget for a full replacement. However, if your flat roof damage is extensive and you need a roof to hold up for the long-term, replacement is (and always will be) the best choice.

  1. Was your commercial roof installed efficiently?

If your industrial flat roof was installed incorrectly, or if improper materials were in any way used during installation, then the roof will most likely have to be replaced. When the wrong materials are on your commercial roof, repairing these materials is not an acceptable option for the long-term. Improper installation can lead to an array of problems including ventilation issues, flashing, membrane, etc. In most cases, when an industrial flat roof is made with improper materials, it should be replaced with proper, newer and more efficient materials. This will save you from frequent (and costly) repairs overtime.

Repair or Replace?

When it comes to industrial flat roofs, there is no one size fits all. In other words, no two commercial roofing systems are the same. And, determining whether your flat roof needs repairs or an entire replacement can be tricky.

When seeking a solution to your commercial roofing problem, it’s important to consult an expert. At Crown Industrial Roofing, it is our goal to provide our customers with cost effective, durable and fully functional commercial and industrial roofing systems.

As one of Toronto’s leading commercial and industrial roofing companies, we pride ourselves on the high standards we hold, which allows us to ensure greater value for thousands of satisfied corporate customers across the GTA. Our commercial roofing contractors take time to inspect, design and properly install quality, cutting edge industrial roofing systems.

To learn more about our industrial and commercial roofing systems and how to determine whether you should repair or replace your existing flat roof, book your free inspection today.