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March 22, 2019

How Old is Too Old When it Comes to your Facility Roof?

calendar leaves-full-getty-30621-ba17738Your facility represents a significant part of your investment; taking care of your roof helps your inventory, workers and equipment stay secure and dry. While some problems are obvious – most people spot a leak or damage pretty easily – other issues are more subtle. Your roof’s age may not seem to matter but knowing the life expectancy of a typical roof can help you take proactive steps to secure your facility before things start to go wrong.

How Long Does a Commercial Roof Last?

The longevity of your roof depends on a variety of factors, from the material it is made from to the maintenance it’s received over the years. Commercial roofs can last anywhere from 10 to 40 years. The following factors can impact the lifespan of a typical commercial roof:


The products that make up your commercial roof impact its overall lifespan and durability. Choosing long lasting materials that are the best “fit” for your type of building and climate and having them installed properly gives you the best potential lifespan.

Installation Date

A roof installed recently can last for a couple decades, particularly if you maintain it well. If your roof was installed more than 15 years ago, it could be at the end of its lifespan. Roofing systems can wear out and lose their integrity over time – especially if they’re subject to years of foot traffic for (e.g.) rooftop HVAC maintenance.

Extreme Temperatures or Weather

A roof that is exposed regularly to temperature extremes or hazardous weather may not last as long as one in a moderate climate. Believe it or not, intense sunlight (as in the south and west of the US) is usually more detrimental than snow and heavy rainy seasons. Make sure you choose a roof that’s best for your climate.

Maintenance and Upkeep

One of the most significant lifespan factors for a typical roof is the maintenance it has been given over the years. A 20-year-old roof that has been treated to regular care each year will likely last longer than one that has been only looked at when there is a problem. DIY commercial roof repair attempts – rather than calling in a professional – can also reduce your roof’s potential lifespan.

It’s too late to change the roof chosen for your facility or how well it was installed, but you can help extend its lifespan going forward. A comprehensive inspection and a proactive plan for maintenance can help prolong your roof's life no matter how old it is. If you are not sure about your roof's age or condition or simply want to get peace of mind that your facility roof is structurally sound, we can help. Contact us to learn more about your options and to get the help you need with your aging roof.


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