What’s the Difference Between a Roof Replacement and Restoration?

metal roofing system before restoration

What is involved in a roof restoration?

The storms of spring are upon us here in Oklahoma and with those storms come roof repairs, roof replacement and roof restorations. Roof repair and roof replacement describe themselves, and homeowners are familiar with these two process. So, what is a roof restoration?

Roof restoration is performed on commercial structures with Built-Up, EPDM, MOD-BIT, PVC, and TPO roofing systems, as well as some SPF system. A highly-engineered coating is applied to these roofing system to “restore” the existing roofing so that it looks like new.   deck to a like-new condition.

The roof restoration process is cam be done within 10 days or less on 20,000 square foot structure by an experienced crew. The weather is the biggest hinderance on how quick the job is completed.  The four steps of this job are: 

1. Prep the Surface

The first step, a very crucial step of a roof restoration process is to clean the surface with pressure washing. The debris, dirt, dust, and any other contaminants must be removed, and the surface thoroughly dried before the roof restoration can begin. 

2. Details and Seams 

After existing roof surface is prepared, a thick waterproofing coating of mastic is applied to drains, fasteners, flashing, penetrations, seams, and transitions. This enables the roofing system to contract and expand with the temperatures fluctuating. These areas and components must be addressed before the next step in roof restoration to catch any possible leaks.

3. The Base Coat 

The next step to a roof restoration is the application of an elastomeric base coating. This gives the roofing installers the ability to build and keep a uniform thickness throughout the roof restoration process. Depending on the formula of restoration material used, your roof may or may not need a primer coat. Some roofing systems require a subsequent “intermediate” coat to get the right DFT (dry film thickness).

4.The Topcoat 

The last step to a roof restoration is applying a topcoat to provide the roofing system moisture protection and UV stability. The  topcoat is usually a bright-white membrane with optimum reflectivity. However, your roofing contractor can customize it with a variety of tin colors. 

How long does a roof restoration take?

A professional roof restoration using the 4 steps we listed can usually be done within 10 day or less on a 25,000 square foot commercial structure. 

How much is a roof restoration?

There isn’t any way to answer the question, “How much does roof restoration cost?” because of the various factors. Factors starting with the size of the structure and the condition of the existing roofing. While you may have had roof repairs done periodically, and that was a great money saving move, a roof restoration will buy you another 10-15 years before you have to invest in full roof replacement, at a fraction of the cost. 

How long does it take to replace a commercial roof?

The time it takes for replacing a commercial roof can depend on a few things. Like the size of the building and any repairs that need to be made before the job begin. When you schedule to have roof replacement done, you should advise your employees and/or tenants of the days so they can be prepared for the extra noise that comes with this type of work. 

With all this considered, a small commercial structure roof replacement can take 5 to 7 days. For a large commercial structure you can expect 2 to 3 weeks on average.  For every 3,000 square feet you can expect 4 days on the job. 

commercial property in need of restoration

Is a roof restoration worth it?

When you’re trying to decide to go with a roof restoration vs replacement, consider the following facts for a roof restoration. With some consideration, you may decide that a roof restoration is just effective at a fraction of the cost with less headaches that a new roof replacement brings. 

1. Cheaper

The roof needs repair, that is going to cost money no matter which way you go, but next to repairs, a roof restoration is much cheaper than a roof replacement, a much as half the cost.  

2. Environmental 

A roof restoration won’t need as many materials so the amount of discarded or wasted stuff from a roof replacement is eliminated. The roofing contractor doing your roof restoration will reuse as much of the existing roof as possible. 

3. Extended Life

The roof coating used during a roof restoration will provide protection from the elements and give your roof another 10 to 15 years before you’ll need to worry with a roof replacement. 

4. Safety

A failing roof is potentially dangerous with even the smallest leak. The more a roof leaks, even small leaks, that moisture is building up and spreading, forming mold and that leads to health issues. That moisture is also going to compromise the structure if not addressed.

5. Element Resistance

A commercial building is exposed to the climate and weather, some of that weather can be severe. So if your building’s roof is already in weak condition, the more bad weather exposure the worse ti will get.  With a roof restoration, those bad roof areas are covered up and protected against the climate and elements.

6.Temperature Efficiency

Roof restoration will make your structure more  economically efficient with the protective coating that is installed because of the reflectiveness it will provide against the sun’s UV rays. 

7.  Non-Disruptive 

A roof restoration will be a non-disruptive process and is completed much faster than a new roof installation.  

8. Tax Benefits

This will be one to have your accountant handle, but there are tax credits and  tax deductions with roof restoration listed as a maintenance to the structure. Go with an eco-friendly roofing option, and here are more tax credits. 

So maybe you’ve had a roof restoration before? How often can you have this service done? A new commercial structure roof will typically last 20 years. At that point, a roof restoration is viable and will give you another 10 to 15 years. At that point, depending on the condition of the roof and if proper maintenance has been followed, another roof restoration may be possible. This is something that your roofing contractor will need to inspect the roof and advise. Let’s get started on your roof restoration in Yukon and Oklahoma City, OK. Call (405) 470-9115 today!