Roof Removal for Commercial Roof Replacement


Most commercial roof replacement projects require old roof removal as one of the first steps. Tearing off the old roof and replacing it with the new is a fairly common practice. How does roof removal impact the cost of your commercial roof replacement project?

Increased Duration

Roof removal is faster than roof installation (in most cases), but it is still not exactly a fast process. Roof removal takes time and effort, and it can slow your roofing project down by several weeks on large jobs. If you are in a time crunch, you might want to consider options for avoiding roof removal.

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Tear-off takes time and is expensive. The more of it you do, the more money required.

Increased Labor Costs

While those workers are taking care of the roof removal on your building, they are getting paid. That means increased labor costs for you. You might have 5-10 crewmembers up on your roof working on a non-value-adding task. Roof removal is necessary for some new roof installations, but it doesn’t add value to your building. Do you want to pay higher costs for something that is just a stepping stone and not an actual benefit of the roof?

Roof Removal Produces Waste

When you remove your existing roof to replace it, you can’t reuse those roofing materials. They go in a dumpster, which goes to the landfill. All of this waste produces more material in landfills that are already filling up at a dangerous pace. You have to pay your crew members or a third party to take care of the trash from your building. If there was a way to avoid this, you’d certainly be interested.

Avoiding Roof Removal

Well there is a way to avoid roof removal! A great way, actually. A retrofit roofing system, such as silicone coatings or spray foam, is applied directly to your existing roof with no need for tear-off. This saves you time, money, and reduces the amount of waste going to local landfills. Who wouldn’t at least consider a system that provided all those benefits!


Roof removal is a time-consuming, expensive, wasteful process. Sometimes it is a necessary part of facility management, but in many cases it can be completely avoided. If your system is a candidate for a retrofit roof or a coating restoration, give us a call today! We specialize in minimizing tear-off, saving you money, and helping the environment.

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