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Replacing Your Roof too Expensive? Consider Roof Restoration Instead!
Does your roof look worn out? Has it been leaking? Is it nearing the end of its expected lifespan?
Roof restoration can help prevent catastrophic loss. The more time that passes, the greater the potential damage there is from a roofing system failure. The greater the damage, the more it costs to restore the roof. At some point the only option will be to completely replace the roofing system.
Roof restoration (recovering) can extend a roof’s useful life to almost double the life expectancy of most roofing substrates. Most roofing systems typically have a life of 20 years. The coating system used to restore a roof can add 10 to 15 years onto the existing systems’ roof life. It acts as an extra layer of protection against the elements including UV radiation and ice and hail storms. Depending on the coating system used, restoration can also lower roof temperatures and in turn, reduce damaging building movement.
Roof recovering instead of replacing can also save you money. It requires less labor and less materials. The coating systems are engineered to restore roofing membranes to their original condition at less than half the cost of replacement. Even the rising costs of transporting roofing waste to landfills, and the fees to dump it, are eliminated. Roof recovering is extremely cost effective.
Recovering includes any necessary repairs and maintenance and the installation of restorative and protective roofing materials in the cost.
Roof recovering requires the consideration of a few factors:
- Existing Roof’s Estimated Remaining Service Life
- Extent of Leaks
- Any Water Infiltration
- Condition of Membrane
- Condition of Underlying Insulation
- Any Bituminous Membrane Slippage
- The Structural Integrity of Roof Decking
Most roof membrane failures occur at tears or splits at the stress points. These stress points are located around flashings, edges and building addition/construction joints. Roof restoration coatings help keep roofing systems watertight. They can close small punctures that may have been missed during repairs. They also eliminate leaks by repairing cracks and seams. Restoration coatings also aid in keeping the roof sound by moderating any thermal shock that may elongate screw holes. As good as coatings are, however, they will not fix splits. Splits are defined as the splitting or tearing of roofing material due to heating expansion and cooling.
Roof Restoration (recovering) Methods:
- Similar Roofing Material
- Sprayed Polyurethane Foam (SPF)
- Single-Ply Membrane
- Lightweight Insulating Concrete (LWIC)
- Cementitious Wood Fiber Decks
Key Roof Restoration Benefits:
- Faster, Safer, Easier Installation
- Less Costly Alternative
- No Sacrifices on Performance
- Reduced “Heat Island” Effects
- Aesthetically Pleasing
It’s a good idea to bring in a professional who can conduct a thorough inspection. This inspection should include use of equipment to locate moisture beneath the surface, a core analysis of underlying materials and an examination of the roof’s slope. It should be followed with a report on your roof’s condition and recommended solutions, including a cost/benefit analysis of restoration versus replacement. If damage is minimal, or confined to a small area, restoration is likely the best option. Replacement is usually required if damage is extensive or the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.–Tremco
Most roof failures occur in less than 10% of the roof area. Yet amazingly, every day roofing materials in perfectly good working condition are torn off and replaced.–APOC
Roof replacement (re-roofing) is defined as leaving the existing membrane and insulation of the current roofing system in place while installing a new layer of insulation board and membrane over the existing surface.
This can create many concerns and potential trouble areas:
- Odors and Fumes
- Building Downtime
- Long Write-Off Periods
- Safety Concerns
- Debris removal
One potential issue comes up if the existing insulation is wet. Wet insulation covered by new insulation create condensation and other problems that lead to leaks. It then becomes near impossible to find and locate future leaks. This is because leaks can only be found by tearing off the roof. If the roof has already been re-roofed then there are now two roofs to tear off to find the leak instead of just one.
Roof replacement is also a waste of money and expensive in labor and materials. This is especially true if the existing roof needs to be removed first. Many roofs are replaced before the end of their life cycle. This is a waste of money and adds to the millions of tons of roofing waste that is put into landfills annually.
The complete removal and replacement of existing roofing systems is the ideal choice when:
- Tear-Off is Mandated by Building Code
- Existing Roofing System Deteriorated Beyond Being Serviceable as a Substrate for a Recover System
- Extensive Moisture is Below the Membrane
- Existing Roofing System Attachment Cannot Provide Wind Up-Lift Resistance
- Existing Roofing System Attachment Cannot Provide Fire Protection Required for a New Roof Assembly
- Significant Deterioration to Underlying Structural Deck
- Existing Roof Assembly Contains Phenolic Foam Insulation
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