Roofs can fall into disrepair or become damaged, and individual apartments and even entire apartment blocks will need replacement roofs within their lifespan. Regular repair, maintenance, and replacement are even more important in Colorado given the unpredictable weather our great state sees through the year.
Here at A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors, we have over 25 years of experience performing apartment roof replacements in Colorado. We put our team’s experience to the test, and we asked them to tell us everything you should know about an Apartment Roof Replacement.
What are the Different Types of Apartment Roof Replacement?
Apartment roofs will need to be regularly checked for damage (more on that below), so it’s good to know what type of roof you have installed before checking for problems.
If your apartment is stand-alone, then you have only your individual roof to consider. However, many apartments are found within large complexes or apartment blocks. If you’re the owner of the entire block, then a roof replacement job is going to be a big one.
There are two major types of roof your apartment might have:
- Flat Roofs: These are the most common styles of roof that apartments and apartment blocks will have. Just like many commercial buildings, apartments will have flat roofs which lie horizontally. Flat roofs are cost-efficient and are easier to maintain over a larger surface area.
- Pitched Roofs: Finding an apartment block with a pitched roof is uncommon, but you might find individual apartments, townhouses, or homes that have been converted into apartments, have pitched roofs. This is the ‘classic’ style of roof that you generally find on traditional homes and houses in residential areas. They are more expensive but offer better protection from the weather.
If you’re replacing your roof, it’s important to know what style of roof you are replacing. A pitched roof will cost more to replace, while a flat roof replacement might take less time per square foot to replace, for instance.
When you call up the roofing professionals, such as our team at A-to-Z Roofing & Exteriors, it’s good to know this basic information.
How Do I Know if My Apartment Roof Needs Replacing?
Proper maintenance and inspection of your roof will give a longer lifespan, but on average, an apartment roof can last from 20 to 30 years. That makes a roof replacement job a one-off, but still an important piece of work.
Regardless of the style of roof your apartment has, there are plenty of signs you can watch out for that will give you a good idea if your apartment roof needs replacing or not.
- Physical Damage: If there’s obvious damage to your roof, then you might need a replacement if the damage is affecting the structural integrity of the building. It’s always important to check the roof after a big storm, and in Colorado, that can happen a lot!
- Water Pooling: With flat roofs, water can begin to pool on the surface, especially if the roof is in need of repair or replacement. As these are flat roofs, there’s nowhere for the water to drain once it begins to pool.
- Leaks: If you start to see leaks, then water pooling could already be out of hand. It could also mean there is structural damage somewhere letting the water in when it rains.
- Sagging: If your apartment roof starts sagging, then it means that the structure is compromised. Call in the professionals, quickly.
- Your Roof is Old: If you know that your roof is at least 20 years old, then even if there are no visible signs of damage, it might be time to consider a replacement before things start to actually break.
What Else Do I Need to Consider?
It’s important to remember that a roofing replacement project really isn’t one for amateurs. We say this as experienced professionals, because effective roofing technicians need training, experience and solid health and safety procedures to guide them.
For the inexperienced, it’s dangerous work, so always call in a professional roofing company to do the work. A to Z Roofing has worked on countless apartment roofs in Colorado. When you’re ready to discuss replacing your apartment roof, contact us today!