Whether you own a home or a commercial building there will come a time when you will have to consider repairing or replacing your existing roof. Although roofs can last much longer today with a scheduled maintenance program the time will still come. Even by sticking to a thorough maintenance program the decision to repair, recover or replace the roof will probably be made sometime near the end of the roof’s life. Depending on materials used that could be from as little as seven years to over fifty years down the road. And whether it is a home or a commercial building it will be a rather large capital expenditure.
There are many issues to consider such as the location, type of roofing system currently in place, cost, construction time and potential inconvenience. The first step in this process is to determine the estimated life left in the roof itself. The best way to determine this may be to hire a design professional to investigate your existing system and determine any misleading assumptions such as to the quality and life expectancy of the existing roof.
In this short article we will discuss recovering an existing roof which is just what it sounds like – placing a new roofing system over an old one without removing it. The obvious major advantage is cost savings in the short run. You will save on labor for removing the old system, disposal and trucking costs of getting the old material to the land fill. Also, since there is usually a layer of insulation between the old roof and the new there tends to be a thermal advantage to the new roof. By keeping the old roof in place while recovering it the home is protected from potential water damage during construction. Sounds good right?
Here is the kicker. If the recover is poorly done, or if there was unknown moisture in the existing roofing system and it goes undetected then gets recovered with the new roof it could cost thousands of dollars to fix. This is usually the most common occurrence with recover projects. The only way to prevent this, and even then there are no guarantees, is to make sure the contractor does a thorough inch by inch inspection before the job is begun. If, upon inspection, he discovers more than 30 per cent is affected with issues it may be more practical to do a full replacement.
Other factors that need to be considered is how many roof layers are already in place. To investigate, the contractor will have to make inspection openings which, if not properly repaired, could be a problem in itself. In considering a recover project, you should also contact your insurance carrier to see what, if any, affect this type of project may have on your homeowner’s insurance. And last, many roofing manufacturers limit the duration of their warranty on recover projects.
So even though a recover project may sound like the most cost effective solution at first, make sure everything is taken into consideration before making any type of commitment.
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