CAN YOU AFFORD A TRADITIONAL ROOF REPLACEMENT?
The cost of replacing a roof is often seen as an unavoidable expense. My roof is bad, so I have to tear it off and replace it, right? That’s our only option, right? Wrong. You do have another option, a silicone roof coating. But if you don’t utilize a silicone roof coating and go the traditional roof replacement route, these are some of the expenses you can expect.
Tearing Off the Old Roof
Many times seen as a necessary evil, tearing off the old roof usually accompanies traditional roof replacement. A silicone coating eliminates the need for tear-off, but if you go the traditional route you will likely incur this expense. Tearing off the roof is primarily a labor expense, but the hours can add up and it can be a major expense. You also have to pay for the dumpsters and the hauling off of the material. Those are just the direct costs to you; not even mentioning the delays that can occur and the harm to the environment.
Installing a New Deck
If you’re changing roofing systems, you may have to replace the roof deck. You may also find that you can’t properly work on the deck once tearing off the outer roof and have to remove the deck for safety reasons. Again, this multiplies the amount of labor required to complete your project.
Traditional Roof Replacement
Tear-off takes time and is expensive. The more of it you do, the more money required.
Tearing off the roof will expose the insulation to the elements, and will generally damage the insulation in the process. Putting damaged insulation back into the roof will result in energy losses, so you’ll likely have to replace the insulation. Material and labor costs apply here.
Tearing off a roof and replacing it with another material (often the same material) to do the same job sounds crazy, but people do it all the time. The cost of the new roofing material grows as the size of the project grows. The better roofing system you choose, the more expensive the material.
Of course, every stage above incurs labor expenses. The larger your building, the more labor, and therefore money, required. Labor for tear-off, installing a new deck, removing and replacing insulation, and installing the new roof are all labor-intensive tasks. By electing to go the route of traditional roof replacement, you’re spending significantly more money than if you went with a silicone RCR system.
As you consider a traditional roof replacement, keep in mind all of the various ways in which it costs you money. Most traditional roof replacement options have become obsolete in terms of performance and price. To learn more about our alternatives to traditional replacement methods, contact us today.
Spray Foam and Roof Coatings= Cool Roofs
Cool roofing is an innovative roofing solution that allows you to add a silicone coating to your roof instead of replacing it. It’s used strictly for commercial roofing purposes because of its heavy-duty durability—it even comes with a 20-year warranty to back it up.
A cool roof is a roofing system that delivers higher solar reflectance (the ability to reflect the visible, infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths of the sun, reducing heat transfer to the building) and higher thermal emittance (the ability to radiate absorbed, or non-reflected solar energy) than standard designed roofing products. Historically, cool roofs have been either white or some other lighter shade color.
Cool roofs can also enhance roof durability and reduce both building cooling loads and the urban heat island effect.
Most of the roofs in the world (including over 90% of the roofs in the United States) are dark-colored. In the heat of the full sun, the surface of a black roof can increase in temperature by more than 100 °F over the ambient temperature, reaching temperatures up to 190 °F. This increase in surface temperature can contribute to:
Increased cooling energy use and higher utility bills;
Reduced indoor comfort;
Accelerated deterioration of roofing materials, increased roof maintenance costs, and high levels of roofing waste sent to landfills.
Higher peak electricity demand (the maximum energy load an electric utility experiences to supply customers instantaneously, generally experienced in summer late afternoons as businesses and residences turn up their air conditioners), raised electricity production costs, and a potentially overburdened power grid;
Increased air pollution due to the intensification of the "heat island effect"
Any building with a dark colored roof will consume more energy for air conditioning than a “cooler” building – a strain on both operating costs and the electric power grid.
The EPA reports that cool roofs can:
Reduce energy use: A cool roof transfers less heat to the building below, so the building stays cooler and uses less energy for air conditioning.
Reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions: By lowering energy use, cool roofs decrease the production of associated air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Improve human health and comfort: Cool roofs can reduce air temperatures inside buildings with and without air conditioning, helping to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.
Does your facility’s roof leak? Replacing your roof is expensive, and patching never works for long. That’s why cool roofing is the perfect solution for you! We’ll seal your roof with a glossy silicone coating that’s as appealing as it as durable. Roof rehab also prevents downtime and disruption of your business and will get you dry, cool and saving money faster than any system on the market.
Did we mention the Pro-Seal system comes with an industry leading, 20 year warranty that includes labor and materials?
Start saving money on your energy bills. Give the earth (and your wallet) a break with cool roofing from Pro-Seal.
With roof restoration, you are able to depreciate the entire amount of your roof in year one. This is one more way to lower your cost while getting a superior roofing product!
At Pro-Seal, we’ve always considered ourselves a little ahead of the curve. Pro-Seal offers leading edge technology in cool roofing in Mississippi. You can count on us if you live in these states, too: