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Posted by McElroy Metal ● Aug 4, 2020 7:00 AM

Benefits of a Commercial Roof Recover

A commercial roof recover or replacement is an opportunity for contractors to provide building owners with a new, longer lasting roof compared with shingles but also to improve the look of the building. Commercial metal roof recover from McElroy Metal delivers a wide range of benefits including significant time and cost savings while being a sustainable roof replacement solution.

Key Benefits of a Commercial Building Metal Roof Recover

benefits of a commercial roof recover

1. Metal Roofing Lasts a Long Time

Metal roofing is a long-lasting (50+ years of service life), durable roofing solution. For commercial buildings, the low maintenance and long service life of metal roofing make it an excellent investment when compared with shingles. Shingles may cost less up front but they require more ongoing maintenance and need to be replaced much sooner than a metal roof.

Did you know that a metal roof can be installed directly over existing shingles? This process eliminates any shingle tear-off expenses, including disposal fees, labor costs, and business downtime.

Learn more about roof recover solutions in this video:



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Metal roofing does not crack, shrink, or erode, and is also naturally fire, hail, and wind-resistant. For commercial buildings that experience extreme weather, these properties can make a metal roof a desirable option.

The durability and long life of a metal roof are especially essential benefits if the roof that is being replaced is a shingle roof. Asphalt shingles, while inexpensive upfront, need to be replaced much more regularly than metal and are prone to damage from things like hail and high winds.

3. Cost Savings

When recovering a roof, building owners can opt to add insulation and see an increase in terms of heating and cooling savings every month as well.

When adding insulation, building owners should know that according to the Department of Energy, up to 35% of energy costs for the average building is spent on heating, cooling, and ventilation. The decision to add insulation provides a big return in terms of heating and cooling savings.

You should know that is 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 require that the building be updated to comply with current insulation requirements, even if that isn't something on the radar for a building owner. 

4. Metal Roofing is Sustainable

In addition to their short service life, asphalt shingles are also not an environmentally friendly roofing material. Considering 11 million tons of shingles end up as waste, it is clear they carry a heavy environmental burden.

Metal roofing, on the other hand, is made from a high percentage of recycled material and is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life. 

5. It Looks Good

The use of a Kynar 500® paint system helps McElroy Metal roof materials keep the color and quality look of a metal roof consistent throughout the service life.


Metal Roofing Recover Product Options

So, with all of these benefits in mind, what are some commercial metal roof replacement options?

For commercial buildings with existing shingle roofs, the 138T Shingle Recover System offers a long-term, economical solution. Installing directly over the existing shingles, the system utilizes patented clips to create an above sheathing ventilation airspace that helps create energy savings.

McElroy Metal developed several methods to recover an existing metal roof using the symmetrical 238T standing seam roof system.

If you’d like to learn more about the details of some of our roof recover applications, check out these resources:

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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: Recover and Retrofit, Commercial

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