Roof Refurbishment vs. Roof Replacement: Understanding the difference

When it comes to maintaining the integrity of your building, the condition of the roof is paramount. But what's the best approach when your roof starts showing signs of wear and tear? Understanding the difference between roof refurbishment and roof replacement is crucial in making the right decision for your building.

Roof Refurbishment

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Roof refurbishment involves repairing and restoring the existing roof to extend its lifespan and improve its performance. This process may target specific areas of damage or deterioration, such as leaks. In flat roofs, this may include tackling the prevalence of ponding water. Refurbishment techniques for flat roofs may include patching, re waterproofing, improving drainage or reinforcing vulnerable areas of the roof structure.

One of the key advantages of roof refurbishment is its cost-effectiveness compared to full replacement. With Triflex cold liquid applied waterproofing solutions, the existing waterproofing membrane can often be overlaid negating costly strip up of the existing materials. Thermal improvements can also be incorporated into an overlay solution too, enhancing the buildings energy efficiency. Triflex PMMA waterproofing systems are hydrolysis resistant, meaning they will not break down in ponding water, making them perfect for flat roof refurbishment. 

Undertaken properly, the refurbishment of a flat roof can provide a reset for the whole roof’s longevity and performance. With the right waterproofing provider this can include thermal upgrades and drainage improvements without compromise and with minimal disruption.

Roof Replacement

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Roof replacement, on the other hand, involves removing the entire existing roof system and installing a new one. This is typically necessary when the roof is severely damaged or structurally compromised, or the current insulation is wet. During replacement, all existing materials are removed, and new roofing materials are installed, providing a fresh start for the roof's performance and longevity.

Roof replacement requires a higher upfront investment than refurbishment and can also offer improved durability and enhanced energy efficiency. It also provides an opportunity to update the roof's design, materials, and features to better suit the needs and aesthetics of the property.

Choosing the right option

The decision between roof refurbishment and roof replacement depends on various factors, including the condition of the existing roof, budget constraints, long-term goals, and aesthetic preferences. It's essential to assess the condition of the existing flat roof to uncover the extent of any damage, and weigh the pros and cons of each option before making a decision.

Modern materials no longer mean that roof replacement is the default option. Working with experts such as Triflex means that roof refurbishment can deliver warrantied long-term integrity for flat roofs and incorporate improvements quickly and effectively.

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