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How to Determine If You Should Repair or Replace a Flat Roof

As a professional roofing company, one of the most common questions we receive is about how to tell if a roof needs to be completely replaced or if it can still be repaired. The short answer is: it depends. You will need a qualified and experienced professional commercial roofing contractor to evaluate the condition of your roofing system.

How to Determine If You Should Repair or Replace a Flat Roof

When Should You Replace Your Roof?

Replacing a low-slope roof should only be done when completely necessary. A professional will recommend a full roof replacement only when the original roofing material has reached the end of its service life. However, the usable service life of a roof can vary from what the manufacturer states because of local weather conditions and the amount of maintenance. A professional can give you a detailed life span estimate for your roof after they’ve inspected it.

As a roofing expert and roof insurance claims specialist, we also recommend roof replacements if the initial installation is faulty. Mistakes during a commercial roof installation can adversely affect a roof’s life span and weather performance, making it more vulnerable to leaks and other problems. Repairs can’t reverse all the effects of an incorrectly installed roof. Getting a new roof might be more cost-effective for you.

When Should You Repair Your Roof?

Repair your roof as soon as you detect a leak. Fortunately, repairs and regular maintenance can deal with most commercial roof problems that arise. Common flat roof problems include gaps at the seams and flashings or near drains, parapets and other roof penetrations. There can also be roof damage because of heavy foot traffic. Avoid commercial roof problems by keeping your roof clean and by performing maintenance at least twice a year and immediately after a storm.

Aside from commercial roofs, we are also an expert in residential roofing and a variety of other home improvement services. All American Roofing is a GAF Master Elite® contractor and we have an A-plus rating from the Better Business Bureau. We go above and beyond for our customers. Call us at (405) 787-0400 if you are in OKC and (918) 583-0100 if you are in Tulsa or call us toll-free at (888) 786-0400. We serve OKC, Edmond, Norman and nearby areas in OK.