When seeking to bring a commercial roof back up to its original level of performance, roofing professionals and building owners today have a few options to consider. Though full roof replacement may seem like the only way to fully bring back long-term performance, modern roof restoration techniques can offer comparable performance at a far lower cost for both the owner and the contractor.

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Here’s how to uncover whether or not restoration is a good option or if replacement will be necessary:

Assess the State of Your Roof

A thorough assessment of your roof will give you a good idea of where to begin with your repair plan.  A visual inspection supplemented with infrared photography and a series of testing can provide data to determine if a restoration is even feasible.

There are some additional considerations that should be made when determining the right repair technique for your project. Some of those include:

  • What is the anticipated life span of the building? Not every structure merits the same level of repair work. 
  • Where and at what time of year will the work be done? A 30-story condo tower in Florida has very different wind, thermal shock, thermal bridging, and UV exposure than a single-story industrial plant in the Midwest.

The Case for Restoration

Restoration generally requires far less specialized equipment and does not leave the building interior exposed while the job takes place. All the while, regular activity inside the building can continue uninterrupted.

Restoration jobs can also happen far faster than an entire reroof. For contractors, time is money. If you can successfully bring an existing roof back up to its original performance level with restoration methods, you can move on to your next job more quickly.