Roof restoration is a complex process that can dramatically extend a roof’s lifespan while improving your home’s visuals. Keep reading for a thorough view of how roof restorations work, from recognizing the need for restoration to understanding the procedure and what to expect post-restoration.
There are several reasons why a roof restoration may be necessary. As a roof ages and is exposed to the elements, it naturally deteriorates. Identifying issues early and restoring the roof can extend its usable lifespan and prevent more costly repairs.
There are some telltale signs that your roof may need restoration. These include:
- Visible cracking, blistering, peeling, or curling of roof materials
- Ponding water or leaks inside the building after storms
- Dark streaks or extensive discoloration on the roof surface
- Lost or missing shingles/tiles
- Damaged or rusted flashing, vents, drains or gutters
If you notice any of these issues, a professional inspection is essential to evaluate the extent of the damage.
A professional roof inspector will be able to evaluate the condition of your roof system thoroughly. This involves checking for damage on the exterior roof surface and looking for signs of water infiltration or deterioration underneath the roof coverings.
The inspector will document any cracked, missing, or deteriorating materials, measure moisture levels, and check the roof structure and decking. If left unaddressed, leaks may lead to mold, rot, or structural issues. Correctly identifying all areas of damage and compromise is critical for determining the best restoration or replacement solution.
If damage is minimal, roof restoration may be a cost-effective option to extend the roof’s lifespan. This involves applying protective coatings or waterproof membranes over the existing top. However, a total roof replacement may be needed if excessive moisture damage or deterioration compromises structural integrity.
Factors like roof age, extent of damage, and cost play a role in deciding between restoration and replacement. A roofing professional can help analyze these considerations and recommend the best approach. Restorations are an excellent option for businesses and homeowners with historical roofs that need special care.
The roof restoration process is involved, to say the least. Many different factors should be addressed to ensure your service actually improves your roof and helps with any ailments that may be affecting you.
The first step of any roof restoration project involves a detailed inspection and damage assessment. This provides essential information for creating the restoration plan.
The roofing technician will thoroughly examine the roof, noting the type of existing materials, extent of wear and deterioration, moisture levels, and any structural issues or leaks. This assessment determines which restoration products and application methods will most effectively protect and waterproof the roof surface.
There are several material options for roof restorations, such as elastomeric coatings, modified bitumen, acrylic restaurants, and spray polyurethane foam. The appropriate coating type depends on the original roof materials, climate and exposures, budget, desired lifespan, and client preferences.
An expert roofing contractor will recommend the optimal restoration system based on the roof inspection findings, analysis of these criteria, and familiarity with coating performance. The end goal is maximum protection and waterproofing ability.
Once a coating product is selected, preparations are made to start the restoration process. This typically involves cleaning the roof surface, removing loose materials or debris, and repairing damaged areas as needed. Flashing details, seams, and transitions may also be reinforced.
The coating is then catalyzed and mixed before application.
The technician will apply the restoration coating at the required coverage rate using spray equipment or rollers. The coating cures to form a fully adhered protective membrane, restoring integrity to the roof system. The final step is follow-up inspections to check proper film thickness and performance.
Knowing whether or not your roof qualifies for a restoration is important. Read this article for information on identifying if you are eligible, and what your options are regardless. Button:
Once the roof restoration process is complete, there are several things property owners can expect. Proper maintenance is crucial to maximize the benefits of restoration. Owners will also likely see a boost in their property value. Finally, the restored roof’s lifespan will be extended significantly compared to an aging, unrestored roof.
While a restored roof is designed to be low-maintenance, some periodic upkeep is still required. The restoration company should provide detailed maintenance instructions for your roof coating system.
Typical maintenance may include:
- Checking for damage after major storms
- Clearing debris from gutters and drains
- Washing surfaces with low-pressure water annually
- Applying protective treatments every 3-5 years
Neglecting minor repairs or allowing debris buildup can allow water penetration and reduce the coating’s effectiveness. So, staying on top of maintenance is critical.
A restored roof can increase a home’s property value in two ways. First, it improves curb appeal with an attractive, uniform appearance. Second, home buyers know they will avoid an imminent expensive roof replacement.
Restoration provides near-new roof performance at a fraction of the replacement cost. It can have a similarly significant positive impact on resale value.
The expected lifespan of an aging asphalt shingle roof is roughly 15-20 years. With restoration, the roof’s waterproofing abilities can be renewed to extend this to over 30 years through multiple restoration coatings.
Other roof types like metal and TPO can last 25+ years untouched. But restoration can stretch metal roof lifespans to 50+ years. TPO lifespan can reach 35-40 years with periodic repair.
In the long run, restoration provides longevity, leading to fewer replacements and roof-related headaches.
If you have been waiting to have your roof assessed for restoration, replacement, or repair, turn to Rainville-Carlson. Our extensive experience and robust roofing services offer the peace of mind you need when dealing with roof issues. Let us take the wheel on your next roofing project–Contact us today and speak with our experts.