How to Minimize & Avoid Commercial Roof Leaks

Don’t get soaked installing the wrong roof on your metal building.

Let’s get this out of the way: no commercial roof is 100% leakproof or weathertight all the time. With that said, we have decades of documentation that show a wide disparity in the performance of the commercial roof products available today.

Naturally, there also is a disparity in the upfront costs of these commercial roof products, and that’s the trap some building owners fall into. They save money on construction costs but end up spending significant dollars year after year on roof maintenance and repair. In no time at all, they have spent the money they saved, and they still have an underperforming roof protecting their business.

Reroofing Stops the Leaks and Saves You Money

When rain leaks through your commercial roof, the cost of repairing the roof might be the least of your worries.

Is the water leaking in your roof damaging equipment or inventory inside? Is it disrupting productivity? There are many remedies to fix roof leaks, and waterproofing methods can work as a short-term fix. But water is unrelenting, and there comes a point where the most economical long-term decision is to stop patching the leaky roof and replace the entire thing.

Depending on certain factors with your existing roof, it is possible that you can replace it without spending money removing the leaking roof. Your local Butler Builder® can tell you if the Metal-Over-Metal system or the Slope Build-Up system can be used in your situation. In addition to saving time and money removing the old roof, these methods prevent your business activities from being interrupted.

As an added bonus, you can even change the appearance of your building by adding a higher roof pitch.

Your Roof Also Leaks Energy

This is also a good time to assess the energy efficiency of your roof. Many companies choose to add a layer of insulation during a re-roof project. The Butler MR-24® roof system accommodates additional insulation with the ThermaLiner insulation system to enhance energy efficiency. Butler also has spent decades researching cool roof coatings (available in several colors) for enhanced reflectivity and additional energy savings.

MR-24® roof system
ThermaLiner™ insulation system

The Numbers Tell the Story

There’s a reason why the Butler MR-24 roof system is the most specified standing seam metal roof in the industry. With more than 3.2 billion square feet installed worldwide, more companies keep their operations dry with an MR-24 roof system than any other roof. Unlike other roof systems that have a stated useful life of under 20 years, we have seen the MR-24 roof system deliver 50+ years of proven in-place weathertight performance.

When it comes to durability in extreme weather, the MR-24 roof system is ready. It is approved by the Factory Mutual Research Corporation as a Class 1 panel roof, meets the High-Velocity Hurricane Zones (HVHZ) requirements of Miami-Dade and Broward Counties in Florida, and carries the highest wind uplift ratings awarded by Underwriters Laboratories.

Engineered to Prevent Conditions That Lead to Leaks

With the Butler MR-24 roof system, you can count on weathertight, low-maintenance, and worry-free performance year after year. That’s because the engineering and installation methods help to prevent conditions that lead to leaks. Here are a few examples:
  • Factory-punched structural members and roof panels to ensure a precisely aligned roof system. Precise alignment at installation greatly increases roof performance over time.
  • Movable clips accommodate natural roof movement under changing temperatures, avoiding stress points and tears that can occur with other fastener methods.
  • Pittsburgh double-lock seams create a true monolithic weathertight surface. Other products rely on snapping or crimping panels with a machine, producing a loose, vulnerable seam.

Lower Your “Over Head” Costs

With a Butler roof over your head, you can leave the expensive roof maintenance and repair days behind and enjoy the best lifetime value of any roof available.

We bring more than a century of experience and innovation to every project. That experience and a wealth of engineering expertise are why our commercial roof products set the standard for durability, efficiency, and performance.