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One of the hardest parts of being a homeowner is caring for your roof. After all, how often do you think about your roof? Probably only when it needs some sort of imminent maintenance or repair.

If you’re anything like the average homeowner, you probably put off making these repairs for as long as possible. There are a number of reasons you might be putting off your roof replacement:

  • You might not realize your roof is at the end of its lifespan
  • It’s too costly to invest in right now
  • You want to avoid the disruption that a noisy roof replacement causes
  • You think you can get a few more years out of your current roofing system

While it is best to get a roof replacement when your current roof’s usable lifespan is up, there is a step you can take before getting a total replacement: roof restoration. Keep reading to learn how the process works and why it might be useful for you!

What Is Roof Restoration?

Roof restoration involves putting a protective coating over your existing roof, whether that’s asphalt shingles, metal panels, or cedar shakes. This coating can patch up holes, preventing leaks from occurring. It can also provide added protection against damage caused by the sun’s UV rays, as well as protection from storm damage, hail, and fallen debris.

Roof restoration is most effective when it’s done before serious damage to your roof occurs. Some homeowners even repeat the process every few years to get the longest lifespan out of their roofs possible. When applied correctly, a roof restoration can extend your roof’s life by 15 years or more.

What Is the Roof Restoration Process?

aged roof clay tiles are being replaced with new ones

Here’s how the roof restoration process works:

  • Inspection: Your contractor will come out and inspect your roof. They’ll present you with an estimate of the total cost of the project. If the deterioration of your roof is such that you’ll be better served by replacing your roof instead of restoring it, your contractor will let you know.
  • Choice of coating: With the support of your roofing team, you’ll decide the kind of coating your want on your roof. Your contractor will take into account the specific needs of your roof as well as your goals for your roof’s performance when making their recommendations.
  • Project day: Your roofing team will show up on the appointed day and get to work. They’ll start by pressure washing your roof. Then, they’ll cover any seams on your roof with the coating. Finally, they’ll put the middle and top layers of the coating on your entire roof.

For the average-sized home, the job will take about a day for your roofers to complete.

6 Benefits of Roof Restoration

Roof restoration has many benefits, both in terms of property protection and increased roof performance.

1) Extended Roofing Lifespan

As we mentioned earlier, a proper restoration can add decades to the life of your roof. A roof restoration helps you get the most use out of your current roof as you possibly can.

2) Affordable Repairs

If you’ve done any research, you know that getting your roof replaced is expensive. Even a small roof will cost over $5000 to replace, and the roof on a larger home can run $13,000 or more in replacement costs!

Roof restoration, on the other hand, usually costs a fraction of this amount, with costs ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. If the expense of a total roof replacement seems like too much to justify, roof restoration might be more doable for you.

3) Prevent Roofing Issues and Interior Damage

When you get your roof restored before major issues occur, it can keep these issues from happening in the first place. This will protect not only your roof but the total foundation of your home by keeping moisture away from your roof and out of your insulation and interior walls.

4) Sustainability

In the United States, up to 10 million tons of asphalt shingle-related waste end up in landfills annually. Roof restoration extends the total lifespan of your roof, meaning that you’ll send fewer shingles to the landfill over your home’s lifetime.

5) Decreased Energy Costs

Many roof coatings come with reflective capabilities. This means that they’ll be able to deflect the sun’s rays, decreasing your cooling costs in the summer. It also stops any leaks in your roof, trapping the warm air inside during the winter.

All of this means that you’ll spend less money throughout the year to maintain a consistent temperature inside your home.

6) Increased Home Value

A restoration can give your roof a fresh look, boosting your curb appeal and increasing the value of your home. If you’re looking to sell sometime soon, getting your roof restored will be more budget-friendly than investing in roof repair or replacement, but you’ll still get the aesthetic benefits you’re looking for from your roof maintenance.

Extend Your Roof Life With Restoration

team of workers removing roof structure before renovation

Under the right circumstances, getting a roof restoration can be an affordable alternative to getting a full roof replacement. It’s a great option if you’re looking to extend the service life of your roof and get extra protection from moisture and debris.

Sometimes, your roof’s condition might be too deteriorated for restoration, and what you really need is a replacement. In cases like this, Best Exteriors is ready to help you out.

With years of experience with roofs of all shapes and sizes, we’re able to help nearly all homeowners with their roof replacement needs. And with our commitment to using as many Midwest-made products as possible, you can rest assured that your new roof is benefiting our community as well as your home.

Like what you hear? Get in touch today to schedule your free consultation!

Drew Paetow

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