As a commercial building owner, you know how important it is to protect the confines of your property. And, because of the exposure to many different elements, your industrial flat roof is the most important (and most vulnerable) part of your building. Wind and rain, ice and snow, and other extreme weather conditions can be of detriment to a commercial roofing system, causing leaks or other failures.

While you may assume that your best option is to replace a leaky industrial roof altogether, this is not always the case. In some circumstances, less complex, and less expensive restoration options can repair commercial roof damage while further strengthening your building’s flat roof against future leaks or damage.

So, what is the best solution for industrial roof leakage? Read on further as we’ll discuss the types of conditions that can cause commercial roof leakage, the comparative advantages of roof restoration or replacement, and what solution would be best for your particular industrial roof leak.

What causes leaks to a commercial or industrial flat roof?

Common weather conditions can cause your commercial flat roof to leak. Rain and lingering humidity can cause a build-up of moisture that can penetrate into the seams of your commercial roof. This build-up of moisture can expand and contract with the typical changes in weather and temperature, which can cause the widening and weakening of roofing seams. Overtime, this can cause leaks and other damage to the underlying materials of your commercial roof.

Replace or Restore?

It’s normal to assume that a complete replacement is the only option for mending a leaky industrial roof, and – in some cases – it is. But restoration can be a perfectly viable alternative. If your commercial flat roof has fallen, potentially threatening the safety of people that come within the property’s premise, replacement is the only option. However, if your existing commercial roofing system is merely suffering from minor damage, wear and tear, or other minor issues of moisture exposure, restoration can be a better, not to mention, more cost effective alternative.

Types of Restoration for Your Commercial Roof

Some common restoration solutions administered to a leaky industrial roof include replacing metal flashings with hot asphalt as well as repairing or sealing leaky seams. One of the best commercial roofing solutions available on the market today is the Built-Up Roofing (BUR) approach.

At Crown Industrial Roofing, we specialize in BUR systems, which have proven to be some of the best commercial roofing systems in the industry. Our hot asphalt-based, multi-ply approach is ideal for sectional and complete industrial roof replacements or repairs. BUR consists of alternating layers of asphalt and other reinforcing materials to create a sealed membrane that will give your commercial roofing system both durability and longevity.

Find a Commercial Roofing Contractor Near You

Although full industrial roof replacements are necessary when leakage is severe, restoration to salvageable leaks is a good solution that can offer many benefits for your business as a whole. Commercial roof restoration can save costs associated with waste, building and roof maintenance, as well as environmental costs.

To decide which solution for industrial roof leakage is best for you, take into account the extent of wear on your commercial flat roof and determine your needs. When in doubt, consult a professional commercial roofing contractor. Once you’ve chosen to restore or replace your industrial flat roof, be sure to do your research. You’ll want to ensure that the industrial roofing company you hire employs highly skilled, fully licensed industrial roofing contractors that use only high quality commercial roofing materials.

To learn more about Crown Industrial Roofing and why we are one of the GTA’s leading commercial and industrial roofing companies, book your free inspection with us today. We can help you determine whether you should repair or replace the leaks on your commercial or industrial flat roof.