Choosing Between Repair and Replacement for Your Metal Roof

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Metal roofing has long been one of the most popular options for commercial buildings, but more and more homeowners across the United States are now choosing metal, too. Everyone loves a hardy, durable roof — and metal roofing is an obvious choice if you’re looking for a roof that can protect your property for over 60 years.

Still, no roofing system can last forever. There will inevitably come a time when you become so intimately acquainted with your trusted local roofers that you’re on a first-name basis. At that point, you’ll probably ask yourself this. “Should I keep paying for roof repairs, or is it time to replace my commercial metal roofing system?”

The Warning Signs of Metal Roof Damage

Commercial metal roofing is not only extremely durable, but it’s also a low-maintenance option. Of course, no roofing system is perfect. When your metal roof sustains damage, the most common signs include:

  • Roof leaks. Rain, snow, wind, and other weather conditions will likely alert you to this problem, but the cause lies deeper. Improperly installed fasteners, damaged seams, worn-out sealants, and damaged flashing are among the most common culprits.
  • Corrosion. Although commercial metal roofing systems are designed to be rust-resistant, it can happen — usually on the roof’s underside, around the edges, or when two different metals are put together. Saltwater exposure is another common factor.
  • Faded finishing. When the finishing that coats your metal roof starts to fade, your roof is vulnerable to extensive damage. This one’s a wear-and-tear problem that indicates your roof needs replacing.
  • Impact damage. Storms, hail, and other impacts can do a serious number on your metal roof. If the damage is extensive enough, you’ll notice it immediately.


The only question is — what next? Can you avoid a roof replacement?

Can Your Commercial Metal Roof Be Repaired? Or Should You Opt for a Replacement?

Roof repair is the obvious choice in cases where the damage is limited and has a clearly identifiable cause. It makes little sense to opt for a complete metal roof replacement if your commercial roof is relatively new and skilled roofers can completely restore it to its original condition.

However, there are situations where a roof replacement is a better option:

  • Your commercial metal roofing system is old and worn — if it’s not already overdue for a roof replacement, it’s at least approaching the end of its functional lifespan.
  • Your metal roof is not just aging, but it also no longer aligns with your primary goals. More innovative, energy-efficient systems have arrived on the market, and you’re excited to step into a greener future.
  • The cost of roof repairs would be so extensive that it would make more sense to opt for a roof replacement when you perform a cost-benefit analysis.


The reputable, vetted commercial roofers within White Roofing Systems’ network of Conklin-trained contractors can tell you precisely where you stand. They’ll advise you to opt for a roof replacement if it’s time — but they’ll never push you into a premature roof replacement.

How Commercial Roof Coatings Can Extend Your Metal Roof’s Lifespan

As you’re wondering whether to continue investing in metal roof repairs or to opt for a complete roof replacement, keep in mind that you may have a third option. Commercial roof coatings can rejuvenate your roof by:

  • Adding an extra layer of protection for seamless, waterproof coverage.
  • Shielding your roof and commercial building from harsh UV rays that cause your metal roof to deteriorate.
  • Improving your energy efficiency and slashing your energy costs by adding a reflective layer that bounces sunlight off your building.
  • Reducing your roof maintenance needs and costs.


No wonder roof coatings are among the fastest-growing trends in commercial roofing! Conklin roofing systems can add years to your metal roof’s lifespan — at a fraction of the cost of a total roof replacement.

Got a Metal Roofing Dilemma? White Roofing Systems Will Help You Solve It!

Are you wondering whether it’s time for a roof replacement while hoping that your metal roof can still be repaired? A commercial roof coating may be just the solution you’re looking for.

Our extensive, nationwide network of Conklin-trained commercial roofing companies is at your service. We can get you started with a free roof inspection to determine the best way forward for your metal roof — so get in touch and ask us how we can take your commercial roofing system into the future.