Replacement? Why Not Repair?

By Tiffany Lacey

When it comes to roofs, an easy and costly solution is to completely replace the roof. What if it was possible to repair or to restore the roof, instead of completely replacing it?

Below is a situation where the client is footed a million dollar replacement bill and they searched for a second opinion.


A Midwest motorcycle manufacturer had their hands full with an abundance of issues with their 100+ year old buildings and a leaking roof. The skylights were a water entry and energy issue. The masonry parapet walls were also a source of water entry. They were advised by a roofing contractor that a $1-2 million roof replacement was necessary. The proposed roof replacement did not address all of the issues.


Develop a detailed recommendation that:

  • Offered a long term solution
  • Saved capital dollars – reduced the project cost by 50%
  • Addressed the skylight and structural issues
  • Reduced the energy issues
  • Less disruptive and quicker
  • Addressed the masonry issues

The roofs were restored and were warrantied with a full system warranty. This new solution was half the cost and was a more long term solution compared to what was proposed by the contractor.


The roof did not need to be replaced. The recommends included: roof restoration, removed wet roof areas, removed the skylights and designed a structural solution to the skylight replacement. In addition to saving significant capital dollars, this also prevented significant debris that would have been sent to the landfill.

We see this scenario repeated constantly; a quick response solution that ignores underlying issues and costs significantly more. Registered Roof Consultants are known to search for the correct answer to a roofing problem and roof restoration is an option that just makes sense. It doesn’t just save roofs, this saves harmful material going into the landfills needlessly, and as well the significant cost savings versus a complete replacement. Restoration also is less disruptive, faster, and covered by warranty. We have  discovered that over half of roofs being replaced do not need to be, which means harmful materials are going into landfills as well as time and money being wasted. Roof replacement might seem like the only logical solution but, to be sure, get a second opinion and make restoration an option as the new norm.