The steep-slope roof on your commercial property not only shields the entire structure from the elements, but it’s also a highly-visible architectural element that can detract from the building’s aesthetic if it’s in poor condition. If you’re seeing the following warning signs, it’s time to schedule a roof inspection and talk to your commercial roofing specialist about your replacement options:
- Shingle deterioration. Serious shingle deterioration can include a significant loss of granules, dark areas of bare substrate on the roof, or multiple places where the shingles are missing, curled, buckled or broken.
- Damaged soffits and fascia. Visible damage to the soffits and fascia are often one of the first warning signs that a roof needs replacement. If the boards look decayed or warped, moisture is likely infiltrating the roof system.
- Water leaks, streaks and stains. If you find water stains on ceilings, streaks on walls and interior finishes, and unexplained puddles or dripping water, your roof may have reached the end of its useful service life.
- Evidence of mold growth. When a roof has deteriorated and water seeps into the structure and the interior, mold can develop in hidden areas like the attic and walls. If you discover patches of mold growth on the drywall and notice a musty odor, you may need mold remediation as well as a roof replacement.
Why Slate Roofing is a Smart Replacement Choice
When it’s time to choose a replacement material and you’re looking for the greatest possible ROI, natural slate should top your list of options for a number of reasons:
- Slate roofing is stunningly beautiful and available in a wide range of colors to complement your property’s existing siding and trim, with shades ranging from black and gray to red, purple and even brown.
- Because of its weight, a slate roof is less susceptible to wind and hail damage
- Slate roofing has an expected lifespan of up to 150 years and requires little maintenance, so it has very low life cycle cost.
- While most roofing is fire resistant, slate is truly fire proof, and this can make it easier and less costly to insure your property.
- A skillfully-installed slate roof is less prone to leaks because the material won’t absorb water, and it easily withstands the yearly freeze and thaw cycles we experience.
To learn why slate is the best commercial roofing option for your Amherst-area property, contact us at Vanguard Roofing.