When faced with the need for a roof replacement, many property owners find retrofitting a more viable option. Here we explore all about retrofit roofing to help you make an informed decision.
What is retrofit roofing?
Retrofitting a roof means to install a new and improved roof over and above the existing roof structure instead of replacing it. New roofing material typically metal is installed over existing roofing material which has an extensive lifespan and is more durable.
Benefits of retrofit roofing
When there is a significant roofing problem such as leakage or damage due to environmental factors, people often go for roof replacement, which is an ideal option. However, roof replacement may not be a viable option for many as it involves a significant investment of both time and money and for them, retrofit roofing can work wonders.
Let’s look at the advantages-
- Fast and efficient installation process– Roof replacement can take a few days or maybe weeks to accomplish depending upon the size of the area and weather conditions. One has to deal with the noise and debris falling inside your property. Whereas retrofitting a roof over the existing roof takes minimal work. Moreover, the property owners will be able to continue with their activities as usual as there will be no need to vacate the building.
- Reduced energy costs and no leaks– When traditional roofing system breaks down it causes leakages that promote mold growth and can cause structural damage. Poor insulation is one of the major reasons for high energy bills in the traditional roofing systems. With retrofit roofing, your entire roof is covered to prevent any gaps and it also improves insulation. Your roof becomes thicker and will be able to keep cooled or heated air inside the building. As a result, your space remains naturally cooler or warmer thus reducing the frequency of running your air conditioner or heater.
- Low maintenance– A metal roofing over an existing roof reduces the cost of maintenance. The only thing you need to ensure is that you clean the debris stuck in gutters and on the roof.
- More savings– The most appealing benefit of a retrofit roof is that it makes for an affordable roof restoration choice but also offers other advantages that help you save in the long run with less frequent roof repair or replacement requirements.
Make an informed choice
Identifying the real issue about your existing roofing structure is essential to determine whether you want to go for retrofit roofing or replacement. Here are some questions that you can ask-
- Is the old roof still performing well, but looks faded or rusted.
- Is the moisture infiltrating the property or there are only minor leaks.
- Is insulation working fine?
- Any damage to the roof from a physical impact- ice, snow, wind or there is with age deterioration?
- Do you want a new look for the property or want to upgrade the aesthetic appeal?
So if your existing roofing system is in good structural condition with just surface rusting or a sealant breakdown has caused leakage then retrofitting is a good option. However, if the existing roof is structurally compromised and there is significant rusting or insulation is not working effectively then the proper course of action is likely to replace the existing roof with a new one.
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