If your industrial roof needs to be replaced because it is old or in disrepair, it’s natural to wonder how long the project will take and how much it will cost. Both of these factors could cause you to stall on the replacement in an attempt to save time and money. Of course, not all roofs need to be replaced and can often be repaired and maintaned, but if a roof inspection has identified that a replacement is required, putting off the inevitable can often cause bigger problems. Our latest article looks at problems that can occur when you wait to replace your roof.
Industrial roof leaks can cause a lot of problems. Of course, the obvious issue with an industrial roof leak is that water may damage your inventory or equipment. But on another level, a leaking industrial roof may cause your customers and employees to become concerned about your organisation. After all, a building with a leaky roof may be hiding mold within the walls or ceiling. And, if clients and customers visit your establishment, a roof leak may cause them to question your standards.
Structural damage to building
Leaks left to worsen will eventually lead to structural damage, as moisture continues to seep into roof decking and other supporting structures. If you have a leak severe enough to warrant a call to a roofer, you’re already looking at extensive damage to your industrial roof. Structural damage is a big deal because it may have started with your roof but it’s not going to end there, affecting your entire business premises down the line.
Possible roof collapse
Apart from the potential for leaks, damage to your industrial roof that has gone unaddressed can also impact the structural stability of your entire building and, in the worst-case scenario, even lead to a complete roof collapse. One of the most devastating risks of avoiding a long-overdue industrial roof replacement, for example, is the possibility of creating a fire hazard as structural elements fail, water gets into cables and outlets, and damaged breakers and electrical appliances run the risk of sparking and igniting. It goes without saying that you’ll want to do everything in your power to avoid this type of damage.
Delaying a roof replacement can have costly consequences. Putting it off seems like a way to save money but the costs of keeping a roof that has reached the end of its life from roof rot, loss of insurance, multiple leak repairs, electrical damage etc, could exceed the value of the building.