Repair vs. Replacement: Factors to Consider When Making the Decision

Every building must have a functional, secure roof in order to be used. Otherwise, commercial buildings are shut down until the roof is restored. Depending on the damage, the roof can be repaired or replaced. These are factors that you should consider when trying to make the decision to repair or replace your roof.

Types of Roofing Damage and Repairs

There are many different types of damage that require a commercial roof repair or replacement. In some cases, this is limited to simply repairing a few holes. In other instances, such as with large water- or weather-related problems, there may be more than one option, depending on the severity of the problem. It will help to ask a trusted contractor about the best way to proceed with a particular type of damaged roof so you know your commercial roof repair options are fully considered.

Can the Roof Be Repaired?

The second factor to consider is if the roof can even be repaired. Some types of damage, as well as severely damaged roofs, require replacement. Even if you can repair the roof, repairing it too many times may not be feasible. If it is simply a patch job to fix a few damaged areas, then the repairs likely won’t put stress on the building’s structure. However, leaks and similar types of damage can cause internal damage to a building and roof components, requiring more extensive repairs that will require removing and replacing the roof.

The Cost of Roof Repairs in the Foreseeable Future

The cost of continuing to repair a damaged roof also plays a prominent role in the decision. Many small damage repairs can add up to cost more than replacing a roof. However, minor repairs that happen infrequently will cost less than a total roof replacement. It all depends on how much it will cost to keep doing repairs over the lifespan of the roof.


Depending on the extent of damage, the cost of your commercial roof repair can range dramatically. A simple patch to mend a hole could be inexpensive. In this situation, since you are only paying for necessary materials, the costs are reasonable since you are not paying for labor fees. However, if the damage is much more extensive, then your estimate for repairs may be closer to the high end of what you can expect.

Commercial roof repairs in Tampa are relatively easy with the right help. You need the help of an expert that can assess your roof and guide you in the right direction. If you have questions about commercial flat roof repair in Tampa, schedule a consultation with Aderhold Roofing.

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