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R&A Contracting - SPF roof tear-off costs

Last month we exposed the five of the worst assumptions and misunderstandings about SPF insulation. This post is part of a series on five dynamic truths about SPF insulation and its benefits for business and homeowners.

5 truths about SPF insulation – #2: SPF roofing often doesn’t require tear-off.

Traditional commercial roofing solutions, such as panel roofing, typically require tear-off of the existing material before the new material may be installed. Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) solution can usually be installed directly over any existing roofing material, including BURs (built-up roofs). This saves business owners significant costs by not needing to tear off and dispose of old roofing material.

But, how much does a commercial roof tear-off cost business owners?

Commercial Roof Replacement study by Carnegie Mellon

A study by Carnegie Mellon University from July 1998 through December 2006 detailed the cost of low-slope commercial roof replacement over nine years. The study featured 100,000 square meters of roofing on 38 university-owned buildings. The life quality of the roofs ranged from brand-new to roofs over 50 years old. All of the buildings are located in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania metro area, which makes for a consistent study climate.

During the study, the roofs yielded 1,781 leak-related work and repair logs. This averaged to approximately 200 incidents or a little over five leaks per building every year. The university spent over $4.5 million in repair and replacement costs. (Source) In 2004 alone, Carnegie Mellon spent over $1.6 million in roof replacement costs, almost $1 million more than was spent the previous year.

SPF roofing solutions are the industry leader in life-cycle and cost reduction. The flexible installation and bonding strength of the dual compound reinforces existing roof material while also sealing off areas potentially vulnerable to the damaging effects of air, moisture, and water.

Make a long-term investment in the life of your commercial roof by installing SPF today. Our R&A Contracting team thrives on helping our St. Louis businesses reduces tear-off costs and recoup installation costs within a few short years of installation. Contact our service team to learn more about the value and cost of SPF insulation for your business.

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO