3 Things to Expect from the Roof Preservation Process

With a new commercial roof potentially costing into seven figures, Tampa facilities managers and business owners naturally want to know about other options for their roofs. Re-covering, continued repair, or roof preservation are all options. If you have your roof’s life extended with roof preservation, what can you expect?

1. Savings

The typical cost of replacing an existing roof is in the range of $7 to $15 per square foot. Costs for roof preservation could run in the range of $3 to $6 per square foot. The difference — as little as $4 to as much as $12 per square foot — may not seem significant.

Consider, though, that the average size commercial property has steadily grown from 12,000 square feet in the 1960s to 19,000 square feet today, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At the low end of the estimate, you could save $76,000; at the high end, $228,000.

2. Lower Energy Bills

A typical roofing preservation job includes complete sealing of any problem areas and an energy-efficient, reflective coating sprayed or brushed on to provide reflectivity. This reflects infrared radiation, reducing the load on your building’s cooling system.

Please note that preservation is only feasible if your roof has been well maintained, has no wet insulation, and has good slope and drainage.

3. Meticulous Service

Please do not expect a roof preservation job to take less time than a tear-off and re-roof. Because you are trading materials costs for labor costs, you will see our crews on site for as long as they need to do a thorough and clean job. At Aderhold Roofing we do not take shortcuts by skipping a cleaning, inspection, patching, or repair. We take our time with roof coatings, too, to ensure adhesion and uniformity. Your preservation job will give your building many additional years of protection.

A roof preservation essentially is a major job. It is not demolition or reconstruction, but it does involve a lot of cleaning prior to the application of the new coating. Think of your roof like a giant painting in a museum. We clean off and restore the original roof, providing it with a beautiful new sealing coat, without disturbing what is already there.

If you want to compare costs of roof preservation to other options, contact us at Aderhold Roofing. We can provide on-site inspection, a written estimate, and an outline of strategies — including coatings, re-roof, or re-cover — to save you money.

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