Repairing your home’s exterior components is always a pain, especially in places difficult to reach, like gutters and roofing systems. Unfortunately, ignoring these crucial areas in your home can lead to considerable damage over time. Re-roofing options should be considered when looking at home upgrades.
Your roofing system takes on wear and tear all year, from receiving the harsh sunlight to sustaining damage due to different weather conditions. Over time, parts of it can chip and give way, leading to roof leaks. Although roof leaks can seem like a simple issue, they can quickly compromise the structural integrity of your home if left unattended. Re-roofing options are available for you.
How to Re-Roof Flat Roofs
Homes differ in shape, build, and size, depending on what their design is. Besides being an aesthetic choice, these differences will dictate the options you have for upgrading, replacing, or repairing their damage.
With flat roofs, it’s important to consider that simply covering up a noticeable crack or leak won’t solve any issues. In fact, there’s a good chance that considerable damage has already been done before you noticed these structural vulnerabilities. This is why it’s vital to assess your potential solutions to solve your roofing system’s problems.
In this article, we’ll share three potential re-roofing options you could try.
Stick with the Old Ways
If your home has a single-ply, built-up, or metal commercial roofing system, you can simply rip it off and install the same build. It’s generally the easiest option to take, especially if you don’t want to overthink fitting your home property with a new roofing system. Although you’re buying the same roofing material, there may have been newer products that have better benefits for your building.
Use An Elastomeric Coating
If your roof has leaks, your roofing insulation will likely be compromised. Besides replacing the outer layer of your roof, you should also consider how to handle your insulation issue. An excellent cost-effective option is roof coating restoration. This installs waterproof silicone over your existing roof to prevent further water damage. Additionally, this requires a roofing contractor to remove any wet installation and replace it with dry insulation and treat the areas that are prone to leaking. The coat on these areas will be significantly thicker to prevent further damage in the future.
Install Spray Foam Roofing
A flat roof’s leaks generally come from an improper slope to transfer rainwater to drains or watertight flashings. Thankfully, these issues are easily remedied by spray foam roofing systems. Since it’s a fluid-applied material, a roofing contractor can add the necessary height of slope to guide water flow on flat roofs. Besides installing more slopes for better water flow, spray foam also fills in holes through its expansive material. Spray foam can expand to over 30x its size to create a monolithic lather, filling all potential areas of water penetration in your home. It’s a great way to secure your roofing membranes and reinforce your roof’s flashings.
The three solutions above are all viable ways to replace your home’s roofing needs. However, each one will be a better solution for a specific problem. If you want our advice, we recommend you opt for spray foam roofing to receive the most benefits while keeping your expenses low.
Committing to a roofing solution requires you to reinforce all its exterior and interior aspects, which includes proper insulation. At American Foam Experts, we reinforce your updated roofing with polyurethane foam solutions to reinforce its defenses! If you’re on a tight budget, contact us today, and we’ll provide financing options to make your switch to foam roofing easier.