Restoring your property’s defenses
If the roof on your commercial building has been leaking or simply aged beyond its prime, you need to make some decisions between roof restoration and repairs. If you’ve had repairs made on it over the past few years, maybe roof restoration is the way to go. Factors that can determine if your structure needs a roof restoration or replacement are:
- Expense: If the roof is in decent condition with just a few damages and blemishes, a roof restoration can cover those problems while keeping the costs minimal.
- Condition: A structurally solid roof that has simply started showing its age, a roof restoration will give you a few more years of life.
- Lifespan: A roof needs constant and proper maintenance, especially after a roof restoration job. There is a variety of materials to use for roof restoration coating. You can get another ten years with a coating application before it would need another re-coating. Ask the expert roof restoration you choose to work with about other materials you can use: Built-Up, EPDM, metal, modified bitumen, or TPO.
- Project Time: Roof restoration doesn’t take the same time as a roof replacement because it less labor intensive. (This also affects the cost). A roof restoration isn’t as disruptive for the occupants.
- Taxes: A roof restoration on a commercial building gets you a tax break as a capital expense. A roof replacement doesn’t.
How long does a roof restoration take?
Every business owner knows that time is money, so when the roof of your commercial building has roofing issues, you want to get it repaired as inexpensive as possible, and as quick as possible. So, finding the best solution is key in getting the job done to fit those two criteria. Roof restoration has some advantages over roof replacement in most cases.
A roof restoration is up to three time quicker than a roof replacement. Why? Because roof replacement requires the existing roof to be entirely removed before installing the new roof. Roof restoration only requires the existing roof to be cleaned and dry.
What does roof restoration include?
As we’ve mentioned, a roof restoration process doesn’t take as long as a roof replacement. To determine if you need a roof restoration or roof replacement, have your roof inspected by a professional commercial roofing contractor. They will check to make sure all problems are found, any moisture, take measurements, and discuss the different options available for a roof restoration. Once they have all the information in place, they will provide you a report with a quote.
Once you have approved and accepted the quote, the following steps will take place:
- CLEANING AND PREPARATION: The current roof has to be thoroughly cleaned before the roof restoration can begin. A neutralizer will be applied over the roof to clean any corrosion away. The roof will then be swept, and power washed, then allowed to dry.
- PREPARING AND REPAIRS: Prior to the roof restoration, the contractor will make minor repairs, replace flashing, check all the seams to make sure all are securely connected. They will tighten all fasteners, replace any broken or missing fasteners. If the current roof is bituminous, a primer will be applied if appropriate, using a low-pressure sprayer.
- GUTTERS: A specialized water repellent will be used to treat the gutters for rust prevention and moisture deterioration. After that has dried, they will be cleaned.
- THE SEALING: The last step for your roof restoration job finally begins! Usually, the roofing contractor will let the roof sit overnight and then return the next morning to apply the base coat over the entire roof. A reputable roofing contractor will return to follow up on the roof and inspect it again to make sure there are no issues that need to be addressed.
Closing The Topic
Roof restoration, is it worth it? The average commercial roof can last up to twenty years with proper maintenance and monthly inspection. With a roof restoration job, it can add another fifteen years to the lifespan. When you consider that it is considered an expenditure on your taxes, it is a money saver at the end of the year.
To find a contractor for your commercial building, you can search on the internet for “a roof restoration near me” or “roof restoration and painting contractor”. Do your research on the company, get several quotes, and compare them. Ask each contractor copies of their certification, license, and references. Then do you diligence in following up with the references that are the most recent with roof restoration jobs similar in size of your building.
As the owner of a commercial building, you’ll have many responsibilities, and the roofing is one of the biggest ones. It is important to stay on top of leaks and other issues by having the roof inspected monthly by your maintenance crew and annually by a professional roofing contractor. These are steps important to protecting your investment. Renew your defenses and protect your investment with quality restoration from Voegele Co.. Call us today at (412) 227-8488.