Roof Replacement vs Maintenance Planning? Have the conversation with a professional.

Think you need a new roof on your commercial building? 

Consider a 5-year maintenance contract first.


Central Roofing Company is a commercial roofing company.  We would be honored to be chosen to replace the roof of your building.  But….here’s a tip that might surprise you:  you might not really need a full replacement.  For many commercial buildings, what’s needed is a Five-Year Maintenance Plan.  And here’s what our clients appreciate knowing about maintenance plans:  they cost less and can be as effective at serving your commercial building and business needs as a roof replacement.

An Example: A Small to Medium-sized Commercial Building with a Flat Roof

  • The building is square.
  • All sides of the building are straight and exactly 100 feet in length.
  • The area of the rooftop is 10,000 square feet.

The Breakdown

Full Replacement of a small to medium-sized commercial flat roof under typical conditions (without inflation pricing due to material backorders, workforce challenges, or costs accrued by schedule delays – that’s a blog for another day — is about $15 dollars per square foot.  Therefore, a 10,000 square foot roof will cost about $150,000 base price to replace.  Circumstances like schedule, access to the rooftop, type of materials, equipment needs, and the condition of the building or what’s needs to be removed from the building before the replacement occurs will influence costs but that is a fair estimate of today’s market rate for commercial roofing in Minnesota.

The Cost of Maintenance

A maintenance call from Central Roofing Company’s Service Department is time and materials.  The average service call to a client’s 10,000 square foot rooftop is perhaps two hours.  In that time, a team of two or more trained technicians will investigate the entire roof and make a report of found issues.  They will prepare a repair plan and if there are good-better-best options for the client to consider, those will be presented and discussed.  The average fee for this service is less than $1,000 per inspection and most clients prefer to schedule two routine inspections per year.  The costs for repair are, again, time and materials, so for the sake of comparison, let’s assume issues are found and fixed with an annual cost of $5,000-10,000.  Over five years, perhaps you’ll spend $25,000-$50,000.  The difference in potential costs between replacement and maintenance is significant.

Our Best Recommendation

Call a Project Manager at Central Roofing Company.  We will explore your options.  We will gather the information unique to your building and your business type and provide you with our best recommendation to meet your needs and save you money.

Roof replacements are necessary for every building at a certain point.  It’s as evitable as a January cold snap.  Central Roofing Company will help you get every minute of life from your existing roof.  Our 24/7 Service Department is the largest fleet of repair experts in Minnesota.  Put us to work for you.

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