Commercial property is an extremely valuable investment, but only when you take the proper precautions and maintain it. This is particularly true when it comes to the roof over your head—as the first line of defense your property has against the elements, your roof will have to stand up to abuse from sunlight, rain, wind, and other hazards. With such an important and difficult job, how long can you expect your commercial roof to last before you’ll need to replace it again?
Typical Lifespans of Commercial Roofs
The answer for how long your roof will last isn’t always straightforward, as it depends largely on how much abuse your roof takes as well as what material it’s constructed from. If you have a flat commercial roof, odds are it’s constructed from one of these three common materials: EPDM, TPO, or PVC.
- EPDM typically is one of the more durable materials you can construct your flat roof from, and typically lasts 25-30 years, or possibly even more if it’s well-maintained.
- PVC (vinyl) is not usually as durable, but has much better energy-efficiency ratings because of its white color and UV resistance. Generally you can expect a lifespan of 20 years or more.
- TPO is a single-ply roofing material that’s generally favored for its environmentally-friendly properties. It’s generally not as durable as PVC, but still can generally last 15 to 20 years or more.
Top Causes of Roof Deterioration
The roof over your commercial building can be either one of your most valuable assets or one of your biggest headaches as a commercial property owner. If you maintain your roof carefully and regularly check to make sure it’s in excellent condition, you could possibly keep the same roof for as long as 50 years! However, many commercial property owners don’t put that kind of an investment into their roof because costs can add up.
Roof deterioration can be caused by:
- Climate. When it comes to the longevity of your roof, climate plays arguably the most important role in its durability. High UV exposure, heavy rains, and even ice and snow can all place significant wear on a roof.
- Roof penetrations. The number of penetrations in your roof will also influence its life. Penetrations are holes in your roof that are cut for things like air ducts, vents, and skylights.
- Quality of installation. If your roof was not installed well, odds are it’ll show problems far sooner than it should.
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