When your roof is beginning to show signs of aging or deterioration, it could be time to have your roofing system professionally restored. However, not all roofs are good candidates for restoration, and instead, may need repairs or full-on replacement.
Continue reading to learn some helpful information about roof restoration and repair, including which approach is best suited for your property’s roofing needs.
Roofs are designed to last a long time, but not forever. At some point in time, a roofing system will need to be replaced, even with a history of ongoing routine maintenance and care. Until a roof needs to be fully-replaced, there are ways to increase your its durability and lifespan. One way to do this is through restoration, which can add up to 15 more years of life. The best types of roofs for restoration are flat and foam roofs. These roofing systems can be recoated for added strength and longevity. If a foam roof is too damaged for restoration, sometimes a built-up can be installed on top.
Metal roofs are not well-suited for restoration, but issues like rust and loss of reflective coatings may be able to be repaired. Built-up, modified bitumen, and single ply roofing systems are not perfect candidates for restoration either, but they can be patched up and repaired (usually with bitumen) to enhance resilience and longevity. As for tile and shingle roofs, unfortunately they cannot be restored at all. Instead of restoration, these types of roofing systems can be serviced and improved until a full-on replacement is necessary.
Roof improvements generally include clearing the roof and gutters (leaves, twigs, debris, mold, mildew, algae, etc.), integrated pest management, and minor repairs. Common minor repairs include fixing loose or torn flashing, chimney repairs, gutter replacement or repairs, and resealing vents.
Alternatives to Roof Restoration
Although some roofs cannot be restored, there are other options. For instance, shingle roofs can be reroofed. See our blog, “Is Reroofing a Bad Idea?” to learn more about making this decision for your property. The process of reroofing involves applying a new layer of shingles on top of the existing layer of shingles. Since there is no labor and dumpster costs added for roof removal, this alternative is cost-effective for home and property owners. Keep in mind that most jurisdictions regulate how many layers can be added to an existing shingled roof because too much roof weight can jeopardize the structural integrity of a house or building.
Tile roofs can be reused sometimes. Rather than replacing the tile shingles, the tile can be removed so that a new roof underlayment can be installed. Then the tile shingles can be re-applied. Tiles can also be repainted to look newer and cleaner. In fact, some shingles can be also be painted for the same purpose. Although painting does not add durability or promote longer life, it is a cost-effective approach to enhancing curb appeal.
Consult With an Experienced Roofer
The most important step you can take to improving the condition of your roofing system is to contact a licensed and experienced Indianapolis roofer for professional advice you can trust. They will perform a comprehensive inspection of your roofing system to evaluate its needs, and then provide a detailed write-up of what they have found and their suggestions for the best course of action. Be sure to hire a licensed, bonded, and insured roof repair company to guarantee quality work, solid warranties, and consistent client communication.