There are three main options when it comes to fixing your roof. Total replacement, roof repair, and roof restoration. Totally replacing your roof can be costly, while repairs are best suited when only a small portion of the roof has been damaged. Roof restoration can save you both time and money, especially if the roof is relatively new.
When Is Roof Restoration a Better Option than Replacement?
Most roofs can last up to 20 years if properly maintained. If your roof span has more than five years or more before it will need to be replaced, restoration is a sensible option. A roof that is constantly exposed to strong sunlight is also a good candidate for restoration.
Another reason for restoration is if you plan on selling your home in the near future.
What Is Involved in the Roof Restoration Process?
During a roof restoration project, the first step is to clean the roof, removing any moss, lichens, or mold. If you have a metal rook you need to look closely and remove any rust that may be present. Closely check any seams, fasteners or flashing and apply a sealant, if necessary. If you notice any areas where repairs need to be made, they must be completed before you finish the restoration.
The final step is to apply the desired coating. Examples include silicone-based coatings, acrylic, and asphalt emulsion.
What Are the Advantages of Roof Restoration?
Roof restoration offers many advantages over and above just saving you money. Restorations take less time and are more convenient. When a reflective coating is used, a restoration can actually lower your heating and cooling bills.
Restoring a roof also reduces the amount of materials you use in the process.
Roof restoration is a great idea when you don’t need a new roof, but repairs won’t really solve your problem. Discuss your options with an independent roofing contractor so that you know all of your options. They can offer advice on what type of coating will work best and inspect your roof so that you know all of the necessary repairs are taken care of before you start the project.