Flat Roof Recovery - Toronto Roofing Contractors
Many building owners have experienced unscheduled spending due to unexpected flat roof leaks. Many flat roof repairs can be avoided by developing and following a scheduled maintenance program for the life of a roofing system. Even with proper maintenance, however, the decision to repair, recover or replace an existing flat roofing system will have to be made at some time within or towards the end of the expected service life of the roof.
Benefits of Flat Roof Recovery
The installation of a new roofing system over an existing roof is, if viable, an alternative approach to a full flat roof replacement. The major advantage of this process, known as a flat roof recovery or re-roof, is the cost savings associated with not having to remove and dispose of the existing flat roof membrane. It is interesting to note that the cost of disposal to landfills, labor, and trucking costs are high and climbing faster than material costs.
Flat roof recoveries are generally completed in a faster time frame and are less intrusive than replacing. A flat roof recovery provides less risk to the owner because the flat roof isn't opened up during the process. With the existing membrane staying in place, it actively protects the interior from weather and damage while the new roof is being installed. This is especially true if the facility houses sensitive materials or equipment. Warehouses and material storage are generally less sensitive to moisture damage, but if you have a data center or telecom system, the tolerance for leaks or debris is zero. For this reason alone, facility executives at data center facilities can make a good argument for recovering the roof.
Another consideration for some facilities may be environmental concerns. If that's the case, recovering may be a better option. Environmentally speaking, you're not contributing to the landfill with a recover. The amount of materials going to a landfill during a recover is much less than tearing off the entire roof. Continuing to use existing insulation and replacing only what's needed creates less manufacturing waste than if the insulation was replaced. Most modern building codes allow a maximum of two non-ballasted roofing systems on a structure, mostly due to the weight associated with the roofing materials. Beyond this limit, a flat roof replacement must be completed.
Flat roof replacements do give an organization a chance to be more sustainable. Installing an entirely new flat roofing system allows for more insulation to be put on, saving energy on heating and cooling the facility. Facility executives can go one step further and install vegetative or reflective cool roofs for more energy savings. And because the service life of a brand new roof may be longer than a recover job, that may mean less materials go to the landfill in the long term.
Another consideration for facility executives who manage high-rise buildings in urban areas: The high cost of staging work in that setting may tip the scales in favor of a replacement. It's so expensive to stage this kind of work that the longer service life offsets that.
We service all flat roof types:
- TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) Flat Roofing
- EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monome) Flat Roofing
- BUR (Tar & Gravel/Built Up Roof) Flat Roofing
- Modified Bitumen Flat Roofing
- PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) Flat Roofing
We value our clients and believe in 100% customer satisfaction. We serve the Greater Toronto area and welcome any size of commercial or industrial flat roof replacement or re-roof, small or large. Stop waiting and contact us today! Call 416-999-7663 to schedule an appointment.