Common Roof Restoration Questions
Get answers to our most frequently asked questions below.
1. What is roof restoration?
Roof restoration is the process of repairing, restoring, and preserving the building’s existing roof to stop leaks, extend the roof life, and provide an easily maintainable seamless roof surface.
2. Isn’t roof restoration the same as fixing leaks?
No, it’s much more than that. A good roofing contractor can repair roof leaks, but over time, weather elements will likely make the roof leak somewhere else. The main reason a good roof starts to leak is due to weathering such as UV rays from the sun, constant temperature changes, and other environmental factors. When leaks start developing, it’s often a symptom of the roof aging. This constant barrage starts to weaken the membrane, laps, metal flashing, and fasteners on the roof where the majority of failures start. One leak turns into two, and so on. Roof restoration stops the leaks and provides a new seamless surface that prevents leaks before they start.
3. Does roof restoration really cost less than some other options?
The most expensive option is to remove and replace the roof. The next option is recovering or retrofitting a roof. In this situation, by code, you can only install a second roof on top of the first. A restoration should be the least expensive option.
4. Explain choosing the restoration option?
If you select the restoration option, you can always choose to do the recover or second roof on top of first and still be within code. If, however, you choose the second roof retrofitted now, down the road you will have no choices left. It is a near certainty that you will have to replace both roofs down to the deck and start over.
5. How do I know if a roof restoration is what my roof needs and that it will perform?
SBS will thoroughly examine your roof, checking for things like leaks and their sources, the condition of the deck and insulation (if you have it), all flashings, old ridges and splits, and weathering of the roof system. If these areas are not out of line for the roof’s age, pliability, and overall strength, restoration will be recommended.
6. When doing roof restorations, are there related smells and odors?
With asphaltic-based materials (which are all black/brown in color), there can always be a worst-case scenario when some asphalt smell is detected. The smell lessens and dissipates over time. Water-based black asphaltic and white acrylics have almost no odor.
7. Is a roof restoration considered to be “green?”
The short answer is absolutely yes. Probably the most non-green activity in the entire roofing industry is roof removal and putting the materials in a landfill. By completing a roof restoration, you are adding additional years to the life of the roof, which translates into sustainability.
8. Are there tax benefits to completing a roof restoration?
For profit companies may be eligible for deduction over a one-to-four year cycle because roof restoration is classified as maintenance. Install a new roof and it is depreciated over 39 years according to IRS rules and regulations. Consult your tax professional for additional information.
9. Will my restored roof require our company to complete maintenance?
The roof should be checked at least two times a year: spring and fall. Look for flashings pulling away, clogged drains, make sure gutters are free of debris and allow for unrestricted water flow, punctures, or any other potential damage.
10. As a building owner, how do I know that you are doing the job correctly?
The procedures followed will be in accordance with standards set by the National Roofing Contractor’s Association.
11. Why not just replace the roof?
That’s always an option, but it’s also extremely expensive. If your roof is showing signs of wear, but is not totally worn out, it is likely best to restore it at substantial savings. SBS roof restoration can be half the cost, or even less, than a new roof. A large part of a new roof is the removal and disposal of the old roofing material. This is a costly process that creates noise, business downtime, and waste material that clutter landfills.