You may be surprised to know that commercial roofs do not always require replacement, even if it appears to be that way. In this blog, roof replacement contractor ReNew Home Designs discusses the three R’s of commercial roofing—Repair, Restore and Replace—and why this order matters.
Repair, Restore and Replace
According to studies conducted by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), as much as 85% of commercial roof replacements were unnecessary and were due to poorly informed contractors and/or property owners or managers. For example, if a leaky roof has undergone several repairs, a layman would conclude that the roof should be replaced.
This is not always the case, though. Commercial roofs are more complicated than their residential counterparts. Therefore, a commercial roofing contractor must be sure that it has exhausted all approaches to roof repair before considering a roof restoration, the next “R” in the list. If the commercial roof is in such a condition that’s beyond restoration, only then should commercial roofers recommend replacement.
Differences Between Repairs and Restoration
At first glance, repairs and restoration sound the same. The fundamental difference is that repairs are done on an as-needed basis. Examples of repair work include re-sealing torn seams, patching holes and replacing flashing. These problems can occur at different times and can be addressed as individual instances of roof repair.
Roof restoration, on the other hand, is a single activity that addresses all apparent and potential roofing problems at the same time. Everything including the roofing substrate and insulation will be inspected and fixed in one restoration project. An example of roofing restoration is the extensive repair work done on storm-damaged roofs.
Why Should the Three R’s Be Followed?
Following the three R’s helps prevent unnecessary spending on roofing upkeep. Commercial roof repair cost a fraction of that of roof restoration, which, in turn, costs significantly less than roof replacement. Following this sequence also saves time and minimizes disruption for the building’s occupants. As an additional note, if the roof ultimately requires replacement, consider a different roofing system that may be more suitable for your property instead of a like-for-like replacement.
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