If you’re confused about whether roof restoration, repairs, or replacement is what you need, no one can blame you. While you can ask the most reputable contractor in Leduc AB with years of experience, most homeowners want to decide on which service to use before calling them.

This early, it pays to know that roof restoration, roof repair, and replacement are different roof procedures each with their pros and cons. Re-roofing will recover and repair each aspect of your roof covering even if it has major damages. On the other hand, roof repair is for minor roof damages. Roof replacement is a thorough removal of your old roof covering.

For further clarification, Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has an excellent article for you to read. Just take your time through the content below.

Reroofing Replacement vs. Recover

When the time comes to reroof an existing asphalt shingle roof, a decision must be made whether to remove the old shingles or apply new shingles directly over the existing layer. Most building codes define the options as follows:

Reroofing: The process of recovering or replacing an existing roof covering.

Roof Recover: The process of installing an additional roof covering over a prepared existing roof covering without removing the existing roof covering.

Roof Replacement: The process of removing the existing roof covering, repairing any damaged substrate and installing a new roof covering.

In some cases, local building codes will limit the available options—most do not allow more than two roof coverings on a building. However, there is no easy, universal answer if only one roof is in place. Although in many cases it is not necessary to tear off old shingles before installing new shingles, some roofing professionals will insist on replacement because it ensures that a completely new roofing system is installed.

Although each roof must be evaluated individually, general guidelines can help make an informed decision whether to replace or recover an existing asphalt shingle roof. (Read the full post here)

Re-roofing or roof restoration is something many reputable roofing contractors stand by. This process takes less time, costs less in labor and materials, and offers many advantages that are similar or even better than the other two. Tremco Roofing has a good post on the advantages of re-roofing or restoration. Make an informed decision right after you read this content!

Roof Restoration or Replacement? 5 Things to Consider.

Is your roof looking worn? Has it been leaking? Is it nearing the end of its expected lifespan? Not sure if you can restore your roof or should completely replace it? Below are five reasons why restoration may be your best choice.

1. Restoration Costs Less

A complete roof replacement can be expensive in labor and materials, particularly if the existing roof must be removed first. Depending on the roofing system selected, costs average between $18 and $22 per square foot. Restoration, on the other hand, requires less labor and materials, and thus costs about $6 to $9 per square foot.

2. Restoration Extends Your Roof’s Life

Commercial roofs typically last about 20 years — restoration can add 10 to 15 years of life. You can defer complete replacement and make future plans for the expenditure in your capital budget.

3. Restoration is More Sustainable

Millions of tons of roofing waste end up in landfills annually. Because it allows you to reuse your existing roof, restoration is a much more environmentally friendly option. Plus, it can make your building more energy efficient and may help it qualify for ENERGY STAR or LEED credits.

4. Restoration Provides Tax Benefits (Read More Here)

However, a roof restoration isn’t a one-beats-all solution. It has its own set of disadvantages Leduc AB homeowners must cope with. Australian Home Roofing has a great blog post that highlights investment in roof replacement can be a better option than roof restoration in some aspects. Read an excerpt from the post and a link to the complete article below.

Why Roof Restorations don’t work

You see, I have been doing roofing solutions for over 20 years bu121t always to refuse to restore tiled (or metal) roofs.

Why is this?

There are several explanations:

Firstly I considered this industry to be run by cowboys and I did not want our good name to be associated with that.

Secondly I believe people do roof restorations for the wrong reasons. I go into more detail on how a good roof restoration is carried out on the inside.

But first let me tell you what I consider to be the wrong reasons why people get their roofs restored:

1. To stop leaks.

This is probably the most common cause why people enquire about roof restorations. They don’t want to spend the money for a new roof and hope to achieve the same result by having it restored. Now it is true that in certain situations, if a roof restoration is carried out correctly, you can actually stop leaks. However as a general rule of thumb, if your roof is leaking, look for the cause rather than getting it restored.

Here is an extract from an article published by the Archi Centre: “You might consider repainting the roof for cosmetic/resale purposes, but there is no substance in the claim that this ‘waterproofs’ or extends the life of the roof.” If you have Spanish half round tiles, you have a serious problem, because these are notorious for leaking and we have had to change a lot of such roofs over to corrugated iron roofs. Another cause for leaks is an insufficient pitch on your roof. This often happens on lean-to roofs that have been added at a later date.

While the situation is slightly different with metal and asbestos roofs in as much as we are often able to fix the leaks, this is really independent from the roof restoration process and could be done without repainting your roof.

2. To protect your roof and substructure.

As you can see from the Archi Centre quote, there is no evidence that you will extend the life of your roof by painting it.

So what are the right reasons? (Read more here)

With a full understanding of roof restoration, you can now decide on which roof service to use. However, the small details are often the best source of information to know the roof services you’ll need. DDCL offers a free-of-charge estimate upon your call. With the information our veteran roofers can provide, you can make a quick roof restoration, repair, or replacement decision right away.