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A Tough Pill to Swallow: Why Your Pharmaceutical Production Facility May Need a New Roof

As a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, the products you make are vital to the quality of life for many people. Due to this fact, if there is anything in your building that compromises the safety of your product, then you have a major problem on your hands. One of the significant elements that can affect your product and the overall health of your end users is a damaged roof. In a manufacturing plant, there are always a variety of moving pieces that require attention. Your roof can quickly become the last thing you consider, leaving you vulnerable to safety issues and a huge loss of money. 

Leaks or Water Damage Lead to Safety Issues

Few things can be more devastating to a facility than a leaking roof that results in water damage. Water that has been pooling outside, filling with bacteria, can potentially get into your product. This can result in problematic safety issues when distributing your product. In addition, water that unknowingly enters your facility leads to mold, which not only affects your product but can cause harm to your employees. Not to mention that water damage over time can compromise the integrity of your building, leading to damage that goes beyond your roof. 

Make sure that you consistently check your roof for damage, or bring in professionals like our team at IRC to do frequent inspections to ensure everything functions properly. If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, we’re always here to help.

The Older the Roof, the More Problems

Have you ever walked into a room of your house, tried to remember the last time you cleaned a particular spot, and couldn’t remember? Chances are you took that memory lapse as a sign it was time to start cleaning. The same can be said for repairing your roof. If no one can recall the last time the roof was inspected, or you know that it’s been over 20 years, your roof likely needs to be replaced. The older the roof gets, the more prone it is to damage, like cracks and leaks.

An SPF roof from IRC can last for up to 35 years! However, other types of roofs offer a significantly shorter lifespan that every facility needs to be aware of for future planning. So if your roof is far out of date, it may be time to replace it.

Excessive Damage Causes Downtime and Money Loss

If you notice that your roof is sagging, dipping, or has cracks and splits, that is a sign of potential structural damage. While it may be easy to ignore a single spot of damage, the longer you wait to get a repair, the greater the damage can become. The last thing your business needs is the roof caving in, and suddenly you have an open roof, ceiling material all over your facility, and a major shutdown on your hands while you make repairs. Depending on the type of roof you have, there may be some other signs, such as worn shingles or other deteriorating materials.

Commercial Roof Damage Increases Energy Bills

If you quickly begin to see rises in your energy bill, this may be because your roof isn’t doing its job. Our SPF roof works to reflect heat in the summer while keeping the cool air in, and keeps the warm air in during the winter months. This puts less strain on your HVAC system and effectively lowers the amount of energy usage in your facility. To see other ways a new roof can save you energy and money, check out our free energy savings download.


IRC is filled with experts who can offer the knowledge and resources you need to protect your pharmaceutical manufacturing facility. It’s important not to let the quality of your roof become an afterthought; when working to create a quality product and a world-class work environment, the longevity of your roof matters. So while purchasing a new roof may be a tough pill to swallow, it will ultimately give you the boost you need in the long run.

So if you’re looking to save money with a new roof, reach out today!

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