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Addressing roof needs in 2017: to repair, recover or replace?

Jan 02, 2017

There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to deciding whether to repair, recover or replace a roof. Facility/Property Managers do not have unlimited budgets, so it is typically a trade-off between risk, performance and cost – especially when dealing with an owner. So when you’re decision-making process is in a grey area, here is a quick study to help you make the best possible decision based on your specific situation.                                                

Repair. If a roof system has been properly designed and installed, the most cost-effective option is almost always to maintain the roof, make timely repairs and plan for future replacement. If the roof system is in good condition with limited wet insulation and substrate issues, repairing the roof is a viable option.

Recover or Reroof. Leaving an existing roof in place and recovering it with a new roof offers many advantages. It is a lower-cost option than replacement since it does not require tearing off the original roof. The process of recovering a roof typically is less likely to result in water or debris entering a facility and the construction process is quicker.

Replace or Tear-off. If a manager opts to replace a roof, most likely it is due to a history of roof leaks and moisture in the roof system. In some cases, a roof might have been leaking for years. Moisture trapped in a roof requires replacing the wet insulation and can result in an undetected damaged roof deck and structural components. It is the most expensive of the three options and in some cases, the only option.

A reputable roof contractor can help guide your decision with respect to conditions of the existing system, its life expectancy and the overall conditions in place. That’s why it’s important to build relationships with your facility vendors – in this case, your roofer – so you can trust in making the most informed decision.  

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