Summer sounds like an ideal time to replace a commercial roof. Just not this summer, which saw up to 12 inches of snow on the first summer weekend of 2019, according to ABC 7. How is a commercial building manager supposed to plan commercial roof replacement when the weather won’t cooperate?

Still Summer

Despite our rude entrée into summer, the warmest Denver months are still the best time for commercial roof replacement. Most of the chemicals, solvents and adhesives used in the major roofing systems perform better in heat, not cold: 

  • PVC
  • EPDM
  • TPO

This is simply basic chemistry. Many installation methods for roofing materials depend on chemical reactions. Nearly all chemical reactions perform faster when heated, since heat is energy. Benefit from the free energy of summer sun by scheduling roof replacement in June, July or August. 

Except …

Your roof has two ages. Its chronological age is just the calendar clicking along from the date of installation to present. Its wear age is the additional toll your roof shows from storms, neglect, poor repairs, or accidents. 

If your roof’s wear age vastly outstrips its chronological age, you can also consider replacement in late spring or even into early autumn. Denver’s climate is predictable enough (despite the summer snow) that a commercial roofer can schedule replacement in May or September. 

Some conditions may prompt you to arrange a spring replacement project:

  • Return on investment in repair costs is no longer beneficial
  • Water infiltration threatens inventory, equipment or employee health
  • You inherited a failing roof from the building’s previous owner

Facilities Net’s roofing experts lay out convincing arguments for choosing a “time of year” based on your roof’s condition, not the calendar. Your company may also have plans that affect the replacement decision: 

  • If your organization expects to remain in the facility for a decade or less, avoid investing in a 30-year BUR (built-up roofing) system when a less expensive solution is available
  • If your organization intends to repurpose one property from manufacturing to administration or storage, you may not need a robust roof suited to industrial conditions (like BUR or modified bitumen); a PVC or TPO roof may be adequate

Any building manager seeking to get a handle on the financing, scheduling, and selection of a new roof needs expert advice. We suggest contacting our offices today to learn how we can make roof replacement easier and more economical. 

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