Posted by McElroy Metal ● Apr 16, 2019 7:00:00 AM

4 Advantages of a Commercial Roof Retrofit

When it comes time to replace a roof, commercial building owners are faced with many options. From complete remove and replace solutions to retrofits, building owners are often looking to balance economic concerns with roof longevity and ease of maintenance. A commercial roof retrofit can often help building owners strike that balance.

Save on Tear Off Expenses

blog.mcelroymetal.comhs-fshubfsPhoto GalleryRetrofit Applications7th Street Wharf- During New Orleans, LAOne of the first advantages of choosing a commercial roof retrofit is that it avoids the tear off and disposal expenses associated with remove and replace options.

By choosing to retrofit the existing roof, the labor of removing the roof is avoided which can be a substantial savings alone. In addition to labor, however, you also prevent disposal fees which can be exceptionally steep depending on your location and the material you're disposing of.

Perhaps one of the most overlooked savings though is that the business does not need to close. Downtime for office workers, manufacturing processes, and general business operations can be extremely disruptive and costly. When you remove a roof some downtime is almost inevitable. Commercial roof retrofits, on the other hand, allow business operations to continue uninterrupted since the original roof remains in place.

Safety Consideration

thumb-Retrofit-Image-1Another advantage of commercial roof retrofits is that they are safer than remove and replace options.

This is because during roof removal workers are literally removing the platform they are standing and working on. Once the roof is removed, the installation crews are forced to work over open framing high off the ground. With roof retrofit options, however, the installation crews work and walk on the existing roof.

Another advantage of working on the existing roof is that it minimizes the chances of damage or injury from falling items like debris or tools. When the crew is working over open framing, any falling objects present a hazard for people and equipment below.

Reduced Project Construction Timeline

A reduced project construction timeline is almost always one of the advantages of a commercial roof retrofit over the remove and replace option. This is because installation crews can begin installing the new roof right over the existing roof without the time and expense of removing the old roof first.

Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, but retrofitting the existing roof is typically faster than a complete remove and replace solution.

Reduced Energy Costs

Southwest hanger installationWhile not every owner opts for them, reduced energy costs are one of the potential long-term benefits of a commercial roof retrofit.

During a commercial roof retrofit, you can choose to add insulation between the old roof and the new roof, or you can opt for an energy saving ventilated air space between the two roofs.

When making the decision about adding insulation, it's important building owners realize that according to the Department of Energy, 35% of energy costs for the average building is spent on heating, cooling, and ventilation.  So adding insulation can provide a big benefit in terms of heating and cooling savings.

If you're not interested in adding insulation, be aware that this too may be another reason to consider a roof recover instead of the tear off and replace option.  When tearing off the original roof, some local codes may force you to bring the building up to current insulation requirements, even if that isn't a priority to you. 

Bottom line: When insulation is added to a commercial roof retrofit, it can help you reduce your energy costs.

Want to learn more? Watch our recent on-demand webinar to learn more about growing your business with recover roofing. 

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Want to learn more about the advantages of a retrofit roof? Our eBook, Need a New Roof? will explain not only the benefits of a roof retrofit but also how you can reduce costs with a metal roof. Follow the link below to download your copy.

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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