Save Money with a Roof Restoration

  • January 23, 2023
  • Joel
  • Minute Read

    Before delving into the cost benefits of a roof restoration, let's first discuss just what a roof restoration is.

    What Is a Roof Restoration?

    A roof restoration is the process of using highly-engineered coating products to "restore" an existing roof deck to a like-new condition. It is used on PVC, TPO, EPDM, MOD-BIT, built-up, and even some SPF (spray polyurethane foam) roofing systems.

    Some of the issues that surround roof restorations will be addressed in this article; namely:

    • Aren't there concerns that the coatings used for a roof restoration will fail?
    • Don't roof restorations lead to a roof absorbing a lot of dirt and debris and thus cut down on any energy savings that would be realized from an otherwise reflective, white roof?
    • Isn't a white, reflective roof unnecessary in the cold northern climates anyway?

    But before addressing those questions, let's answer why a roof restoration system can be so beneficial for you and your roof.

    Roof Restoration: What Are the Benefits?

    When you need a new roof, you typically have two, related options:

    1. 1
      Simply cover up the existing roof with a new roof.
    2. 2
      Tear off the existing roof(s) and then install a new roof.

    As you might well imagine, Option 2, the tear-off option, is significantly more expensive than Option 1, which does not require a tear-off.

    What determines whether or not a tear-off is required? Generally speaking, if there are already two or more existing roofing systems installed, local codes typically require that before a new roofing system is installed, all of the previous roofing systems must be removed down to the roof deck.

    This is a messy, noisy, and very expensive process. It can expose your building to the elements until the tear-off is completed, complicating and delaying schedules, and otherwise drawing out all the negatives that come with a tear-off. Furthermore, it adds a tremendous amount of roofing debris to the local landfill. But this is where a roof restoration system comes in.

    A roof that typically would require a tear-off, but is in otherwise 'restorable' condition, might benefit from a roof restoration. This would mean no tear-off! Not having to do a tear-off would mean virtually no mess, a lot less noise, and could potentially save yourself tens of thousands of dollars (depending on the size of the roof.) Furthermore, there would be no roofing debris to add to the growing landfill problem. Also important, is that by using a quality coating manufacturer, you can receive no-dollar-limit warranties with warranty terms of anywhere between 5, 10, 12, 15, and 20 years.

    So not only do you get a like-new roof at a fraction of the cost of a tear-off and complete roof replacement, but you can also get a quality warranty to further protect that investment. Are you seeing the benefits yet? And it doesn't end there.

    Another huge benefit is that a quality roof restoration system is virtually forever sustainable! How so? Well, at the end of each warranty term, you can clean the roof and then reapply a new topcoat by which you can get a brand-new warranty with a brand-new extended warranty term. It's like getting another new roof at far less money than even what a new restoration system would cost. (All the prep work required would not be required at this point because it was already done at the time of the original restoration.) This approach would preclude the need for a tear-off - forever!. It's good for the environment and certainly good for your pocketbook. Oh, yeah, it's also good for your roof.

    Is this all too good to be true? The idea of saving money with a truly quality product that will last for 10 to 20 years - all the while helping the environment - sounds great! Believe it or not, a roof restoration can do all of that.

    There is a catch, though. ("I knew it," you probably thought.) But the only real catch is that a roof must be in restorable condition. A failing roof needs to be addressed immediately before it is beyond the ability to restore. In fact, having a rooftop inspection can help you assess the condition of your roof before it starts to fail.

    Sometimes a roof that has shown signs of failure inside the building has likely already started to fail significantly more at roof level and may thus already be beyond hope. So it is to your financial advantage - not to mention the structural integrity of your building - to have your roof inspected and evaluated regularly. Call us today at 970-593-1100 and request your professional roof inspection.

    But even with all that being said, isn't there some real concern about restorative roof coatings? Yes, but those concerns are easily allayed with the facts. Let's consider some of those concerns now:

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    Roof Restoration Is a Viable Solution

    Hopefully from the foregoing you now realize that if you are in the market for a new roof, a roof restoration system is an option that should be seriously considered. A rooftop evaluation, adhesion test, and a roof that is in restorable condition will allow you many benefits, i.e., reduced cost, less mess and noise, and environmental benefits as well. It is a win-win-win solution.

    So make sure you are getting the best information. Make an informed decision. Let RTN Roofing Systems help. Give us a call today at 970-593-1100 to schedule for your free rooftop inspection and evaluation.

    But some business owners are concerned that roof restorations are not durable and lack quality, or that they accumulate dirt. Some even think that roof restorations are just not practical for northern climates. Are those concerns of yours?

    If so, take heart. We tackle those questions in the article Overcoming Concerns about Roof Restorations, and the answers will give you even more confidence.  

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