If your roof is having significant problems, too worn out for regular repairs, or at the end of its lifespan, you may be left wondering about the course to take. Should you go for re-roofing or roof replacement to restore the appearance and efficiency of your commercial property? Let’s take a closer look at the differences between these two major options for installing a new roof.

Re-Roofing

A re-roof is when a new roofing system is installed without tearing off the existing system. It is a quicker and more cost-effective way to restore your roof’s appearance and provide a protective layer against the elements. Re-roofing can be a good idea if your commercial roof is nearing the end of its lifespan but the roofing materials are in good shape and there’s no major water or storm damage.

Re-roofing generally involves repair, roofing restoration, and retrofitting. The existing roofing installation is refitted and sealed before laying a new membrane over the old one. Your roofing contractor will perform an inspection to determine if the underlying insulation, membrane, and supporting structure can support the additional weight. Re-roofing can only be done once, so your roof may be a candidate if it has only one layer of the membrane.

One benefit of having your commercial property reroofed is the reduced costs involved. Since you don’t need to have a new roof deck or structural support, the process will not require extensive labor, materials, and time. You will save the expense and hassle of removing and disposing of the old materials. Also, the project will be completed faster because you will not be replacing the entire roof.

Roof Replacement

A roof replacement involves tearing off the existing roofing system down to the deck. From there, the insulation board is installed to meet state code and then the new roofing system would be installed. If the roof deck is severely damaged, it may be necessary to repair or replace it entirely to prevent further damage.

Unlike reroofing, which may cover up problems with the deck and other materials, a roof replacement will address all problems for a safer and sturdier roof. The installation will be stronger because there’s no old or damaged membrane layer between the roof deck and the new roofing materials. Also, the materials will last longer than with re-roofing.

While completely replacing a roof is more costly than re-roofing, you will save more money over the long haul because signs of damage were identified addressed to prevent expensive repairs down the road. Roofing materials have to withstand high winds, heat, debris, and moisture, which is it’s important to find a reliable roofing contractor when replacing your roof. Our expert technicians at Damschroder Roofing have the knowledge and experience to repair, replace, and maintain Ohio commercial roofs. All of our projects are completed with integrity and attention to detail. Contact us to assess your options and get a free evaluation. Your Roof. Our Reputation.