Overcladding Vs. Roof Replacement: Find a Roofing Solution That Fits Your Building and Budget

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Ensuring your commercial or industrial building is a safe place to work is essential and whilst the deterioration of metal roofs over time is unavoidable, there are a number of refurbishment routes you can explore to reinstate quality and safety back to your roof. The two main types of refurbishment are overcladding and cladding, also known as roof replacement, but which process best suits you and your business?

Strip and Resheet

Roof removal and replacement is a viable option for industrial, factory, asbestos, office and other commercial roofs, however, the full stripping and resheeting of a roof can affect daily business with the process taking anywhere from a few days, to a few weeks, depending on size of building.

However, despite its time delays, full replacement provides the ultimate remedy for damaged roofs that are prone to moss and leaks, and offers a product that will last 20 years or more. Roof replacement also improves the overall look of the building and enhances its thermal efficiency, ensuring that your commercial building is cool in summer and warm in winter. In addition to this, there is the opportunity to introduce natural light into the building with the option to incorporate roof lights into your new roof.

Overcladding

Overcladding on the other hand offers a more cost effective solution compared to roof replacement as well as the long-term benefits that come with a full roof refurbishment. Instead of replacing the entire roof, overcladding is added to the existing structure to safeguard against leaks and repair damage.

Overcladding causes no or very little disruption to your everyday operations, making it a time effective as well as low-cost solution for busy businesses. The building’s thermal efficiency is also improved with insulation added between the existing structure and new overclads, offering a polished and energy efficient finish that provides protection all year round.

Replace or Overclad?

Whether you opt for a full roof replacement or overcladding depends on the amount of damage the roof has sustained over time and your overall budget. Overcladding provides a low-cost alternative due to the cost of stripping and disposing of damaged material, whilst roofs that are heavily corroded or at the end of their lifespan may benefit more from full resheeting. Overcladding can also be particularly useful to businesses that wish to remain active throughout roof refurbishment works.

Both processes however give damaged roofs on any building a new lease of life with improved energy efficiency providing benefits for employees throughout the cooler and warmer months. To find out which roofing solution is the right option for you, consult a qualified commercial roofing contractor.

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Source by Simon Cobalt