It is a major task to replace a commercial building’s roof. It is something that must be done, rather than something that either a property manager or building owners want to do. A majority of companies really don’t look forward to having to replace a roof. However, our company looks forward to each roofing project that we work on. That is because most people do not consider it to be a positive experience, and a majority of property managers and owner prefer to spend as little money as they can on replacing a commercial metal roof. All buildings are unique, so determine how much a commercial metal roof replacement will cost depends on several different factors. So let’s look at the major principles behind replacing a commercial roof instead of specific numbers. You can always visit a website and try to estimate how much it will cost, but since every roof is unique, they are usually not very accurate.
We will be looking at the main things that you need to factor in when attempting to come to the conclusion to what your replacement will cost:
Size of Project – How large your roof is, obviously will impact the cost. You will need to factor in the dimensions and height (special equipment and lifts might be necessary) of the building.
Features On The Roof -There might be items such as parapet walls, hatches, vents, chimneys, drains and skylights on your roof. They might need to be taken off and then reinstalled with barriers and flashings during the installation process. That will add time and expense to your replacement project.
Does The Current Roof Have to be Removed – Your project will cost a lot more if the existing roof needs to be removed. There are 3 potential ways that an existing metal roof can be replaced: remove an existing roof, install a new roof on top of the existing roof or restoring the metal roof. If you choose the option of removing and replacing your old roof, then you will need to add time and cost to your project estimate. This step can be eliminated, which will save you time and money if you choose one of the other 2 options that are available.
Restoration of Your Current Metal Roof – This would work by having a complete metal roof restoration done by fixing all of the problems and applying a coating of silicone spray directly on top of the finished repairs. That way you won’t have to do a tear-off on your existing roof and replace it completely. When their useful lives are over, restoration products may be recycled and then used on the next project. That means you will be able to save more money when your warranty expires and you renew the roof quickly in order to extend the useful life of it again. That means that when the useful life of the restoration is over and your warranty is done, it can be renewed again using the same process.
A New Roof Installed Over an Old One – The tear off of existing roofing materials can also be avoided by having a second one installed on top of it. However, it might mean that when the useful life of a roof is over, then you will need to tear both of them off rather than just one roof. That would delay the tear-off expense to a later day rather than adding to the current cost.
The Amount of Debris That Needs To Be Disposed Of – As previously mentioned tearing the existing roof off produces a lot of debris and waste. That will add more time and costs to your roofing project and to landfills that are already overflowing. There are several ways that expenses accumulate when a roof is torn off: dumpsters will be necessary, decking will have to be repaired, insulation will most likely need to be added, and there will also be the cost of additional labor. The debris and wase produce waste and that costs money and needs to be added to your project’s estimate.
New Roof Replacement – Once you determine whether or not you are going to remove the old roof you can then consider a roof replacement. How much your replacement will cost is going to depend on the design and type of the materials that you select for your new roof. When you are making these calculations, the different choices of material needs to be factored into this estimate. The least expensive option would be a metal roof restoration, with a complete metal roof replacement costing less than even an SPF or BUR.
Long Term LifeSpan Cost – Finally, you need to consider the costs of any future operation and maintenance expense in your overall final decision. A commercial metal roofing system does have a long lifespan. However, unless it is properly maintained, over time it will break down with repairs and leaks. The least expensive options would be a complete commercial metal roof restoration. It also will need to be properly maintained, however, once its lifespan is over, you can restore it again, which further extends the life of your roof. For the specific requirements and needs of your roof, consult with a professional, experienced commercial roofing contractor and obtain several estimates. Then you can determine which option, restoration or replacement, is best for your budget and building.
Taurus Elite Commercial Roof Systems, 512-332-4422, provides commercial roofing services to Austin, Texas and the surrounding communities, including Leander. This includes commercial metal roof repair, commercial metal roof restoration, commercial metal roof replacement and commercial flat roofing services. We have been providing professional commercial roofing services to the area for over 20 years. If you’re considering the replacement of your commercial metal roofing system and need solid advice from an experienced and knowledgeable commercial metal roofing contractor, call us.