Posted by McElroy Metal ● July 20, 2020

Need a New Roof? Roof Overlay vs. Tear-off

When the time comes for a new roof, many building owners think their only option is to remove and replace their existing roof. However, for many buildings, a metal roof recover solution is a better option that carries with it some tangible benefits; decades long service life, improved durability, resistance to Mother Nature and energy savings. When it’s time for you to either remove and replace or recover your roof, understanding both types of retrofit options can help you make the best decision for your building's roof.

Tear-off and Replace

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While tear-off and replace is still a viable solution, it will incur additional expensive because you have the added cost of removing and disposing of an existing roof. Not only are labor costs incurred, but disposal costs are also expensive. For example, if your original roof is an asphalt shingle roof, there will typically be landfill fees. On the other hand, if your existing roof is metal it is recyclable. There will still be labor and transportation fees for moving it to a recycling center.

Remove and replace projects can also result in disruption of day-to-day business operations because the removal of the existing roof leaves the building contents exposed. Best case, this is simply an inconvenience for employees, but worse case this can be potentially hazardous to employees and damaging to equipment and inventory.

Roof Recover

2Roof recover solutions leave the existing roof intact. This helps to eliminate removal and disposal expenses. In addition, day-to-day business operations are not disrupted because employees and building contents are never exposed to the elements. Worker safety for the installation crew is also another advantage of recover roofing. The existing roof acts as a platform for workers as they install the new roof. When the existing roof is removed, roofers are often working over open framing, which can be hazardous.

Time savings is another major advantage of recover roofing. By eliminating the time required to remove and dispose of the exiting roof, the overall time required for project completion is reduced dramatically.

While this blog post has focused on recover as well as remove and replace options with metal, you should be aware that some additional recover options include roof coatings and single ply recovers. Even so, these types of recover methods have serious downsides as we discuss in this blog post.

Learn More

Understanding the advantages and options available to you is the best way to make the right roofing decision for your building. Our eBook,  Need a New Roof? How Building Owners Reduce Cost with a Metal Roof was written specifically to help building owners understand the options available to them. The eBook focuses on the difference between Remove & Replace and Roof Recover with Metal. Follow the link below to download your copy of the Need a New Roof eBook.

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About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The family-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 13 manufacturing facilities across the United States. Quality, service and performance have been the cornerstone of McElroy Metal’s business philosophy and have contributed to the success of the company through the years. As a preferred service provider, these values will continue to be at the forefront of McElroy Metal’s model along with a strong focus on the customer.

Topics: Education, Metal Roofing, Recover and Retrofit, Commercial

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