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6 Big Benefits of Retrofitting Your Metal Roof

6 Big Benefits of Retrofitting Your Metal Roof

Replacing a metal roof can be expensive and time-consuming. Retrofitting the roof can help save time and money. Opting for metal roof installation can offer reduced initial costs compared with other roofing options. But tearing off and replacing existing metal roofing can be cost-prohibitive for many property owners. Retrofitting can help:

  • Eliminate problems with seams and fasteners
  • Enhance fire protection
  • Prevent cracks and leaks
  • Protect against rust and corrosion

Here are six ways retrofitting your metal roof can reduce long-term costs and improve the roof’s overall function.

Improve Energy Efficiency

Retrofitting an existing roof often means adding newer, more energy-efficient insulation. New technologies have given modern insulation far better insulating properties than insulation produced just a decade ago. Plus, highly-reflective membranes like EcoWhite™ EPDM and UltraPly™ TPO reflect up to 88 percent of the sun’s rays, increasing energy efficiency by up to 40 percent. 

Expand Design Options

Retrofitting a roof allows for a variety of material and installation options. Metal retrofitted roofing options include:

  • Generic pre-fabricated through-fastened roofing systems
  • Low cost functional standing seam applications designed for better rainwater carrying capacity
  • Structural architectural standing seam systems for improved curb appeal
  • Pure architectural nonstructural systems designed for higher slope roofs and used solely for architectural appeal (no structural value)

Metal roof panels and other metal roof components may develop rust and experience corrosion over time and exposure to the elements. Roof retrofitting helps reduce rust and corrosion on metal roof panels, struts, beams, flashing, and other metal components.

Prevent Seam and Fastener Problems

Problem roofs that may have been installed improperly or aging roofs often develop problems around seams and fasteners. Retrofitting fixes problem areas and prevents future problems from developing and causing further damage.

Reduce Rust and Corrosion

Metal roof panels and other metal roof components may develop rust and experience corrosion over time and exposure to the elements. Roof retrofitting helps reduce rust and corrosion on metal roof panels, struts, beams, flashing, and other metal components.

Eliminate Cracks and Leaks

Older membranes and other weather-resistant coverings can crack with exposure to harsh weather conditions over time. Many older metal roof systems develop problems with flashing and gutters, which have a much shorter life span than metal roof panels themselves. Replacing aging membranes or other roof coverings eliminates cracks in weather-worn materials and the subsequent leaks that often follow.

Save Money

If the roof deck is intact, retrofitting builds on top of the existing roof deck, eliminating the need for expensive tear-off or purchase and application of new roof deck materials. Add in the extended long-term savings due to improved energy efficiency, and you’ll be saving a pretty penny.

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