New Roof vs. Re-Roof: Whats the Difference

New Roof vs. Re-Roof: Whats the Difference

Is roofing system replacement a much better alternative than maintaining it when the roofing system’s leak-proof stability– its main function– stops working? To puts it simply, at exactly what point do roof leakages become intolerable, and it’s time to change the roofing system?

Consider how roof leaks can affect the bottom line:

Interior damage: To ceiling tiles, carpet, computers, gym floors that might cost $500,000 to change.

Production downtime: Shutting a line down for a day could cost thousands of dollars in lost productivity.

Lost company: Roof leakages at a four-star hotel can make the most costly rooms unavailable for guests.

Postponing roofing system replacement can include expenses to a new roofing system project once the choice to replace it is made. Inefficient and irregular patching and other upkeep can permit water to penetrate the membrane and cause irreparable damage to roofing system components, consisting of insulation and the roofing deck itself. Here are some possible added-cost considerations:

Detach– add $1-2 per square foot.

Roofing deck replacement– add $2.50-6.00.

Asbestos elimination (possible for some older centers)– include 10% or more.

The roof contributes– typically– 5% to the building expense of a building, but is one of the most prosecuted element of an industrial building.

Building owners/managers should use their experience to develop a forecasted average life span of roofings. A number of elements will affect a roofing system’s life span: style quality, setup stability, products, upkeep, roof usage, and weather condition.

Here’s an example: If you handle a million square feet of roofing that has actually a projected life span of 20-30 years, you may think about budgeting to replace 1/20 or 5% (50,000 square feet) per year. If the average installation cost is $5 per square foot, want to budget $250,000 each year.

So when you are choosing between maintaining or changing, take a look at your yearly maintenance expenses and if they are exceeding exactly what your annual new roofing budget is, it may be time to change.

Steve Storme

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