Can a roof be repaired instead of replaced?
Oh, we’ve only started the end of the year holidays, Halloween and Thanksgiving are marked completed in the books. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could be revived like an old roof on a commercial or industrial structure with a roof restoration?
Yes, when those monthly roof inspections find that the roof’s age is beginning to show, it is time to start thinking about a roof restoration and repairs. Even if you aren’t experiencing any leaks, address the matter now before a leak does start and you’ll save yourself a lot of money, time, and worry.
When it comes to choosing a roof restoration or roof replacement, a roof restoration is more cost-effective choice. Roof restoration will extend the current roof’s lifespan, giving you more time to prepare the budget for a replacement roof. Roof restoration is the better choice especially if there is a small problem with the current roofing, like an isolated area. A roof restoration is less intrusive to your day-to-day operations as well and will be completed in under one day.
What is a roof restoration?
The basic definition of restoration is the process of restoring an existing item and making it like new. People restore boats, cars, houses, and even commercial roofing. When we are speaking about roof restoration, removing the existing roof is not required. A roofing contractor simply adds to the existing roofing, extending the lifespan and giving your building the protection as a roof is intended.
What is involved in roof restoration?
A roof restoration is done by applying a highly-engineered roof coating on an existing roof deck. This restores the existing roof to a like-new condition and delays the need to get a completely new roofing job by several years.
So, what type of commercial roofing can have a roof restoration done? Essentially, there isn’t many commercial roofs that a roof restoration can’t be done, including but not limited to:
With that in mind, there are three main types of coating used for roof restoration:
Additional roof restoration coatings that can be used in the right environment are:
With circumstances considered like the roofing materials, weather, and size of the structure, a roof restoration can take up to three days. When compared to get a completely new roof, roof restoration is faster, and the day-to-day operations of your business aren’t interrupted.
How long does a roof restoration last?
A commercial roof will typically last up to twenty years. With a roof restoration, you can expect up to another fifteen years. In addition to delaying the need to get a new roof, other benefits of roof restoration are:
Less Expensive: A completely new roof replacement could cost as much as $22 per square foot, with most of that expense being the removal of the old roof first. A roof restoration can cost as little as $6 per square foot.
More Sustainable: Because you aren’t adding to the landfill with more roofing waste, roof restoration is more sustainable to the earth. Additionally, it is an energy saver for your building which will get you tax credit.
Avoid Catastrophic Loss: A roof restoration will repair possible damage and leaks, saving you from having a major roof leak in the future.
It is always recommended to hire a commercial roofing contractor that has experience in how to do a roof restoration so that you get the most from the results as possible. Ask for recent references of the contractors you’re considering and then follow up with those customers if they are satisfied with their roof restoration job.
What is the cheapest way to replace a roof?
In the world of commercial roofing there are 2 categories:
- Flat roof or Low-slope
For a flat roof, the best roofing material is a built-up bituminous or single-ply with a viable single-ply material for flat roofs being around for around 25 years. They have proven to be the most durable and less expensive roofing material. Typical costs of roof replacements are:
- Single-ply flat roof: $5.00 per square foot.
- Built-up bituminous flat roof: $6.50 per square foot.
- Asphalt shingle roof: $7.00 per square foot.
- Barrel tile roof replacement: $20.00 per square foot.
- Metal roof replacement: $12.00 per square foot.
As you evaluate a roof replacement system, keep in mind the climate, environment, and a realistic end of useful life of the different materials and not the warranty and the perceived value that suggests.
The biggest question about commercial roofing is, “How long do roof coatings last?”. The life expectancy for a roof coating will vary based on the coating’s thickness and product quality. Many coatings have manufacturing warranty of five to ten years. There are roof coatings with features that make them a standout product over others with the following:
- A fully adhered not fastened to the substrate
- A monolithic or without seams
- A superior waterproofing capability that doesn’t require tear-off and disposal
Roof coatings are easily maintained and can be reapplied, and with proper maintenance, a roof coating can go for decades with simple re-coating reapplications. Call 832-704-2817 today!