Why Roof Restoration?
Roof restoration is a viable option to extend the service life of a sound, but aged roof. It saves building owners and managers money and delays the need for a roof replacement.
It is common knowledge that the majority of roof failures occur in less than 10% of the roof area. This means that when a roof is torn off and re-roofed, up to 90% of the existing roof was still in working condition when thrown away. By first addressing the existing roof failures and weak areas, SBS is able to install a liquid applied membrane over the existing roof.
The process of restoration simply means taking care of the entire roof system before it eventually wears out. Seamless Building Systems specializes in commercial roof restoration, which includes major roof repair or resurfacing of the current roof system that you have to restore it to a serviceable condition. SBS can help you save thousands of dollars in premature roof replacements and expensive structural damage.
The key to any restoration project is a thorough, professional inspection to determine whether or not the life of the roof can be extended. Seamless Building Systems'(SBS) representatives are well-trained to conduct a comprehensive assessment. If your roof’s life can be extended through restoration, SBS will provide support throughout the process, ensuring a quality and affordable roofing system.
- Implementing the SBS roof restoration system is half the cost of a roof tear-off, plus there are lower annual maintenance costs and a longer lasting roof.
- Building owners, property managers, and facility managers are able to achieve cost savings, permanent protection, and peace of mind through the SBS roof restoration system. More often than not, a building’s roof is not thought of unless there is an issue. Using the SBS roof restoration system allows for problems to be properly addressed, as well as alleviate potential future issues. By eliminating the need for tear-offs and the restoration of only materials that have been compromised, SBS is able to save building owners and managers money.
- The SBS roof restoration system reduces energy costs and extends roof life, as roof temperatures are reduced, HVAC expenses are lowered and less heat enters the building since the roof is cooler.
- The SBS roof restoration system creates a seamless membrane on the roof that eliminates failure points, there-by lowering annual maintenance costs.
- A liquid applied membrane helps manufacturers eliminate water-wasting process steps and reduce the use of air-polluting solvents.
- The SBS restoration system effectively eliminates the replacement of functional roof areas and enables us to keep costs down to save you money. As industry labor costs increase, the SBS roof restoration system continues to save you money.
- One key advantage of the SBS system over a new roofing system is in how the IRS classifies it. There are tangible tax benefits through the use of the SBS roof restoration system, as renovation is classified as maintenance, and in most cases it can be expensed in the fiscal year in which it was incurred. The installation of a new roof is considered a capital asset that must be amortized over a 39-year period.
- With the application of the liquid applied membrane, normal business activity is maintained, with no disruption of those who work within the building.
- Typically, a roof leak occurs in less than 10% of the roof area, so it is not necessary to replace the entire roof. Offering a seamless barrier of protection, SBS’s restoration system can extend your building’s roof life by two times the normal expectancy, as it allows you to restore the portion of the roof that is in need of repair.
- Because it is not necessary to tear-off the current roof, waste is reduced and materials are not added to area landfills .
- SBS restoration offers the reflectivity of a coating system , which not only saves money, but roof temperatures can be reduced by as much as 65 degrees. This decreases the heat transfer into the building, while cooling and utility costs are also lowered. The SBS liquid applied membrane coating also eliminates the deterioration of current roof materials, as ultra-violet ray exposure is significantly reduced.
- There are no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) in the liquid applied membrane, which means it can be used in schools, health care facilities, hospitals, etc. with no cause for concern for those that work within the structures or for those that apply the coating.
- The roof life is extended, which reduces future waste and disposal.
- Utilization of the SBS roof restoration system offers Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) points, which indicates that building owners and operators are environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.
- The liquid applied membrane displays a visible eco-friendly appearance for the building.
- Use of the SBS roof restoration system provides a reduction of “Urban Heat Islands” within communities, as the liquid applied membrane shades the roof surfaces and removes heat from the air through evapotranspiration, reducing the temperatures of the roof surface and the surrounding air.
- The roof experts from SBS can determine the viability of restoring existing roofs. In addition to the condition of the roof, many other factors affect this decision, such as age of the roof, estimated replacement cost, cost of restoration, and how much the restoration will extend the life of the roof. Restoration may also include the replacement of a failed roof component such as EPDM seams, or predictive maintenance such as flashings.
- The SBS comprehensive maintenance program adds to the life expectancy of your roof. After the liquid membrane is applied, an SBS professional will visit your location two times each year to inspect the roof and submit a report on the findings. At SBS, we become the eyes and ears for your company’s roof maintenance.
- Liquid applied membranes are a large group of products that share beneficial characteristics for a roof coating, such as stability at high temperatures and resistance to age, sunlight, moisture, temperature extremes, and chemicals.
- The liquid applied membranes used by SBS has unique properties other polymers cannot match.
- Liquid applied membranes installed in buildings around the world in the 1980s are still performing today.
- Liquid applied membranes perform under conditions that would defeat organic (carbon-based) materials, are more effective at lower levels, and provide unique solutions to difficult problems.
- Liquid applied membranes typically last twice as long as acrylic coatings, and silicone building sealants typically last three times as long as urethane sealants.
- The liquid applied membranes applied by SBS comes with a transferable two-year warranty on material and labor.
- Depending on the product installed, SBS offers up to a 50-year material warranty, and a labor and materials warranty up to 20 years.
- The liquid applied membrane is at least equal to and typically better than single ply roofing materials.
- SBS’s liquid applied membranes can extend a roof’s life span twice as long as is usually seen with other roofing materials.
WHY ROOFS FAIL
- Seams of the Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM) or Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single ply material weaken, which can lead to a variety of issues regarding the roof’s integrity and functionality.
- A roof system’s performance is compromised when new equipment and penetrations are added to an existing roof, unless proper precautions are taken.
- Ponding water, which is defined as the water which remains on a roof 48 hours or longer, negatively impacts a roof, including deformation of the deck structure, damage to the roof surface, the growth of algae and vegetation, and accumulation of dirt, debris and other contaminants. Ponding water may lead to accelerated erosion and deterioration of the membrane surface that can result in failure of the roof system. Before roof renovations are made, the source of the ponding water needs to be determined. Drains should be checked to ensure they are free of dirt, silt, and debris.
- Punctures in a roof’s high-traffic areas can be a problem. A walkway/path or extra sacrificial layers of membrane are often added to reduce the impact of foot traffic.
- Flashings are the most common point of low-slope roofing failure and a primary cause of water penetration into commercial buildings. Poor quality materials, inadequate attachment, improper placement, and improper measurement are the primary cause of flashing failures. Vertical flashings exposed to a Southern direction are particularly vulnerable to deterioration from ultraviolet rays, and should be given special attention. If a mature roof can be successfully restored, it is typically advisable to replace existing flashings prior to restoration.
- Roofing materials are negatively impacted by harsh weather conditions, including snow, ice, wind, cold, heat, etc.
- Blistering, ridging, splitting, cracking, alligatoring, and surface erosion are symptomatic of Built-Up Roofing (BUR). Any of these issues can eventually lead to bigger problems.