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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Aug 13, 2019 8:00 AM

Advantages of a Metal Over Metal Roof Recover

Recovering your existing metal roof with a new metal roof offers building owners a number of benefits.

metal over metal roof recoverOne of the most significant advantages of recovering rather than removing and replacing the roofing system is that interruption to the building occupants is typically non-existent. When the existing roof needs to be completely removed and replaced, owners find themselves in the painful position of either putting their business on hold or relocating inventory and personnel during the construction process. Conversely, with a roof recover, since the original roof stays in place, everything in the building can continue business as usual.  That's right, a new roof with little to no disruption!  

Building owners and contractors alike also appreciate the fact that by selecting a metal over metal recover option, they are saving labor to remove the roofing panels, labor to lower them to the ground, load them on a truck and drive them to the nearest landfill.  It doesn't take long to realize that these costs represent a significant amount of the re-roofing budget, yet do nothing to provide a better quality, longer-lasting roof.  

Those with an eye toward safety also appreciate the fact that selecting the recover option means the crew has a safer work environment since they can literally walk on the old roof during the installation of new panels.  In remove and replace situations, crew members often work on open framing often suspended 20-30' above the ground.   

It is also essential for building owners to decide how they want to handle insulation during a recover project. When recovering a roof, it is not always necessary to add more insulation. However, by adding additional insulation and above sheathing ventilation, building owners can achieve significant energy savings.

In fact, according to the Department of Energy, 35% of the average building energy costs are spent on heating, cooling, and ventilation. Adding above sheathing ventilation has the potential to significantly lower operational costs over time.

It doesn't take most savvy building owners long to realize that a metal over metal roof recover is often less expensive than a remove and replace project.

Learn More

Want to learn more about metal over metal commercial roof recover? You can learn more about metal over metal versus single-ply retrofits here or the considerations for metal recover here. Contact us to learn more about metal-over-metal roof recover systems.

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About McElroy Metal

Since 1963, McElroy Metal has served the construction industry with quality products and excellent customer service. The employee-owned components manufacturer is headquartered in Bossier City, La., and has 14 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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