Don’t Replace a Roof, Restore It: A Small Business Guide to Saving Money

Drip. Drip. Drip.

That wet spot in the ceiling is back again.

You see it every time it rains. Actually, there’s a new one that’s popped up in the bathroom now that you think about it. You’ve been thinking about getting the roof looked at for a while now, but you heard getting a brand new roof is really expensive.

It’s true. Commercial metal roof replacements can cost anywhere between $7 to $15 per square foot. That’s not cheap, but you also know that a faulty roof in disrepair can cause even costlier damages down the road.

Luckily, many roofing companies offer commercial roof restoration services so you don’t have to deal with an entire roof replacement. Keep reading to find out how you can save money as a small business owner by opting to restore rather than replace a roof.

Why Replace a Roof When You Can Restore It?

In most cases, unless your roof is in imminent danger of catastrophically collapsing, restoration is the right service for you.

If you ever suspect your roof is a danger or hazard to your employees or customers, however, please get it looked at as soon as possible. Staying on top of roofing repairs keeps the people whose lives revolve around your business safe.

Companies will give you a quote for a roof repair or replacement in dollars per square foot. Roof restorations are almost always less expensive than replacements and commercial roof repairs. This is because roofing restoration uses fewer materials than replacing and repairing uses.

Restorations also take far less time than replacements. Were you worried you’d have to close your doors while you got a new roof put in? With a restoration, business disruption is minimal and you don’t have to close.

During the service, your customers and employees might even commend you for taking good care of your business.

How Does It Work?

This is largely going to depend on your business’s specific type of roof. A good commercial roofing company, like the one in this location, will have appropriate restoration materials and procedures for every kind of roof.

Metal roofs, for example, will typically get treated with a waterproof coating. Then, roofers will strengthen and reinforce the seams with an acrylic coating.

For non-metal roofs, companies use a Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) to reinforce, insulate, and waterproof areas on the roof that need it. Do you have water pooling on your roof? This treatment can take care of those areas that collect water by navigating the runoff to gutters and drains.

The supplies you need for a roof repair or replacement require trucks and large teams to complete. Restoration only requires a small team and various coatings and sealants to complete.

Do You Still Need a Brand New Roof?

Are you still worried about having to get your entire roof replaced? Hopefully, we’ve shown you the benefits of not having to replace a roof when restoration is so much more convenient less expensive.

For more guides on tough decisions for small business owners, be sure to check out the rest of our small business blog!

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.