Understanding the Lifespan of Your Roofing System

Rain, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat are common, with extreme weather events becoming more common, year by year. Even the most durable, well-installed roofing system will require a full replacement after reaching the end of a service life.

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Replacement or repair?

The first step in determining if a commercial roof requires a full replacement or can be repaired is a professional roof inspection. At Ruca Consulting & Construction, we will fully inspect the entire roof structure to determine whether it can be repaired successfully, or a full replacement is the only option that makes sense. When you work with our team, you can expect an honest evaluation of your property’s roofing system. If repairs are all that’s necessary, we won’t steer you wrong – integrity is a hallmark of our company. When we perform a commercial roof inspection, we have no hidden agenda, but will advise you honestly and openly about your options.

How long does a roofing system last on a commercial building?

The type of roofing system is the main factor in the lifespan. If you need to replace the roof on a commercial building, you want to ensure that the replacement roof is extremely durable, and will not require replacement for decades or longer.

The lifespan of various roofing materials varies widely:

  • EPDM: These roofing systems typically last for about 10 to 15 years.
  • Modified Bitumen Roofing: These systems have a typical lifespan of 10 to 20 years.
  • PVC: These roofing systems generally require replacement within 15 to 20 years.
  • Asphalt: Asphalt tile roofing systems can last 20 years or longer, based on type of tile.
  • TPO: TPO roofing systems have a usual lifespan of 20 to 30 years.
  • Metal: Metal roofing systems have high durability, lasting 30 to 45 years.

Any commercial roof, no matter how installed, can be severely damaged in a storm, whether by hail, snow, ice, or a windstorm. When a commercial roof has suffered extreme storm damage, it may require a full replacement, or may have enough integrity requiring only repairs to bring it back into condition.

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Choosing the right roofing system for a commercial property

The roofing system on a property should be chosen carefully. Every facility is unique, and issues such as available budget come into play. An investment in a highly-durable replacement roof can lead to savings in energy costs that can make good financial sense. At Ruca Consulting & Construction, we work with property owners and managers to make the decision that will best suit your situation. The first step is a full professional roof inspection. Many commercial roofing systems can be successfully repaired, and if this is a good option, we will inform you honestly – we are not profit-motivated, but operate our business with integrity and honesty, building relationships that last.

Why choose us?

While you have many commercial roofing contractors in Lakewood, Aurora, and Littleton, CO, many of these companies work on a volume basis. We operate differently and prefer to work closely with each client, performing quality work and becoming the company they can trust for any construction-related job, whether interior or exterior, in all the years ahead. 

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What sets us apart from other commercial roofing companies?

Ruca Consulting & Construction does roof and construction work, primarily hail and other weather damage, and install the highest quality commercial roof replacements. Our quality of work is far above and beyond what most contractors will do, with superior quality work, performed to meet all building codes. We never cut corners, with commercial roofing systems installed to last.

As a general contractor, the owner of Ruca Consulting lives and dies by the building code. All contractors are required to follow code, but 99% of them reuse materials and don't follow the basic minimum code – when we are called in to repair a roof, we often discover substandard, non-code compliant work we must resolve to bring the roof into good repair.

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Protect your property with quality work.

Never take chances with commercial roof replacement work and the risk of shoddy work, but call on our team for an honest, comprehensive inspection of your property’s roofing system. We know how to properly estimate a job, without surprising the customer with new costs, or performing lower quality work due to try to make a profit. Our approach is to upgrade roofing systems to at least three to four tiers from the existing condition. 

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