What is the home improvement you fear most? Anything related to roofs is probably high on the list. Almost all homeowners see roof replacement as a necessary evil? loud, chaotic and expensive. And while roof repair will fix leaks and similar problems in the short term, how long will it actually help?
Roof restoration is an alternative. Roof restoration is the process of renewing and coating your roof so that it better protects your home and lasts longer? at an affordable price. Will it work for your home? Find out more.
Roof restoration vs repair vs replacement
First, let’s clarify the terminology for roofs:
The roof repair usually only affects a small portion of your roof, usually less than 30 percent. It can consist of just a minor replacement (such as a few clapboards blown away by a severe storm) or removing and replacing a damaged area (possibly rotten wood).
Roof replacement means installing an entire roof made from new material. Your roofer will either have to completely tear down your old roof or install the new roof over the existing one.
Your current roof will not be removed during the roof renovation. Instead, the existing roof is repaired and renovated as needed, followed by a restorative, protective surface treatment.
When should a roof restoration be carried out?
Roof restoration is not for every home. Your current roofing must be structurally sound. Your roofer must address any leaks before proceeding. You will receive bonus points if you have faithfully carried out the roof maintenance at least once a year.
You should seriously consider hiring a contractor to perform a roof restoration under the following circumstances:
?? If your roof is relatively new, at least five years from the end of its expected life.
?? If you are planning to sell your home and want to improve the look and performance of the roof
?? If you already have two layers of roofing and want to avoid the higher cost of tearing the roof down
?? If your roof is exposed to strong sunlight, it will get too hot in the summer
What are the steps for roof restoration?
1. Clean the roof.
2. Remove powdery mildew, moss, or lichen.
3. Remove the rust on a metal roof.
4. Check the seams, flashes, and fasteners. Seal if necessary.
5. Repair and remodel the roof as needed
6. Apply coating.
Popular types of roof restoration coatings
?? Acrylic? made of acrylic polymer. Most commonly found as a white reflective coating, although other colors are available. Apply with a roller or spray. Inexpensive? because a small amount covers a lot. Duration about two years.
?? Asphalt emulsion? a mixture of asphalt, water and clay along with reinforcing fillers. Available in three types? reflective, black or brown. Brushed with a whisk.
?? Solvent-based asphalt? Asphalt (solid at normal room temperature) mixed with solvent to liquefy it with rollers for easier application. Black or reflective aluminum.
?? Solvent-based silicone coatings? Silicone base diluted with solvents and catalysts. Versatile in terms of application technique (roller, spray, etc.) and color (wide range, including translucent and reflective)
Benefits of roof restoration
Lower cost. Roof restoration is usually much cheaper than roof replacement? usually about half the cost or less.
Convenience. Roof renovation disrupts your household routines less than roof replacement, which is a loud, messy process, especially during the demolition phase.
HVAC savings. A reflective coating on your roof deflects sun rays and keeps your home cooler. This means that you have to use your air conditioner less.
Sustainability. Roof renovation uses relatively small amounts of materials and resources, which means that landfill sites are very little polluted. The roof restoration can be renewed every few years at will, further extending the life of your roof.
?? Laura Firszt writes for networx.com.