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There’s a lot running through your mind when you realize it’s time to replace your roof. You wonder if your business can afford it right now. “Is there any way we can patch up what we have to get just a little bit more out of it?”

The most challenging question you may ask yourself is what type of commercial roof is best for your building. There are so many different roofing options available, just figuring out which type of technology to go with can leave you fighting the urge to pull out your hair.

Well, you don’t have to risk any more sleepless nights or lose any more hair trying to figure out your roofing riddle. We are here to help you decide if a new roof is the best option and to tell you why we believe our cool roofing technologies are the best fit for the vast majority of property managers or business owners.

Should I Replace, Repair, or Recover My Commercial Metal Roof?

The roof is one of the most critical and expensive parts of any building. When choosing to repair, recover, or replace, it is a good idea to make sure you have a complete understanding of just how healthy your roof is.

Evaluating a Metal Roof

A leaky roof opens the door for a litany of other moisture-related headaches. It should come as no surprise a leaky roof could leave you battling mold and mildew. However, many people fail to realize leaks in a roof can be the cause of many incredibly dangerous structural issues. Roof leaks could be the primary cause of anything from ceiling failures to electrical fires.

It is not uncommon for roofing panels to be damaged during the repair process. If a roofing panel is damaged there is no quick fix. It must be replaced. Replacing panels can be a costly endeavor.

Repairing or making the decision to replace a metal roof takes a great deal of caution, precision, and skill. You want to make sure you entrust the health of your metal roof to a roofer whose work meets the highest standards.

Evaluating Traditional Roofs

Deciding whether to repair or replace a shingled roof is both an art and a science. It is certainly not as straightforward as making the call on a metal roof. Unless the damage is catastrophic, it’s a call usually best made in the field.

However, when our expert roofers make it to your rooftop there are a few things they are always looking for. We look at moisture in the roofing material, buildup of condensation underneath the roof, and the condition of the substrate.

As much as we would like there to be, there is simply no hard and fast rule on when a roof should be replaced or recovered. The only thing we can say with absolute certainty is waiting to have your roof examined by a knowledgeable professional is like playing Russian roulette with your building. Time and time again, we have the unenviable job of telling business owners they have let what would’ve been a small problem get way out of hand. A roof that has been neglected can often reach the point where a complete replacement is the only viable option.

With so much at stake and no clear-cut rules of thumb for diagnosing major issues, we implore you to take this one piece of advice. Before you commit to a major roofing renovation, check the credentials of the advising roofer. A decision like this is a judgment call. It takes years of experience and specialized knowledge to make this decision competently.

Cool Roofing Can Lead to a Bigger Bottom Line

A cool roof is an umbrella term for any kind of roofing membrane which uses various technologies to limit the absorption of sunlight. Cool roofs earn their name because they’re designed to deflect the heat of the sun’s rays away from the building instead of being absorbed by the roof and passed into the interior of the building.

If you’d like to learn more about why we think cool roofs are so cool take a look at this blog post.

Cool roofs are not some nifty, roofing gizmo that will be phased out by a new approach in a year or two. They are here to stay. In fact, more than 50% of roofing systems installed on flat or low slope roofs are cool roofing systems. Cool roofs have managed to secure over half of the market because they really do make a big impact

In a 2001 rooftop study, surveyors measured rooftop temperatures in Dallas, Texas. Roofs with a traditional surface measured 168 °F while roofs with cool technology measured 126°F. In this study, cool roofs had a 33% lower temperature than their scorching, traditional counterparts.

In many cases, the cost of installing a cool roof is very comparable to the cost of installing a roof constructed from typical materials. With nearly identical costs businesses are able to realize substantial savings right off the bat. Money saved through energy-efficient roofing allows business owners to reinvest in their business or fatten up the coffers.

PACE Can Be a Big Help for Small Businesses

The PACE program can potentially be extraordinarily beneficial to business owners looking to make energy-efficient improvements to their property. PACE is an acronym for “property assessed clean energy”. C-PACE is the commercial arm of the program.

The PACE program allows property owners to finance the addition of almost any energy-efficient building improvement through a property assessment.

The program is clearly designed to empower small business owners. Property owners won’t have to worry about going on the hunt for multiple forms of financing. 100% of the funding needed for the approved energy-efficient addition will be financed. Unlike most traditional financing options, the PACE program gives property owners a tremendous advantage of being able to work out their own financing terms. They can select time frames and interest rates that work best for their organization and future goals.

Property owners have the prerogative to take up to 20 years to pay back the financing for their projects. Building owners enjoy another pair of perks that help to sweeten the deal. They are able to pass the financing along to the next building owner if the building is ever sold. The increase in assessed property value can also be passed on to tenants giving business owners another opportunity to offset the cost of their energy-efficient improvements.

In the majority of cases, property owners are able to substantially boost their bottom line. The energy savings from the improvements surpass the cost of financing the new addition.

Tax Benefits to Offset the Cost

Repairing, recovering, or replacing our roof can be a big expenditure. Luckily, for small business owners, there are a couple of key pieces of tax legislation which gives you the ability to offset a substantial amount of the costs. This means making a roofing improvement can boost your building’s energy efficiency without breaking your budget.

Section 179D

section 179D is a piece of tax law that resides in the energy policy act of 2005. Section 179D was brought to life in 2006. The goal of this particular piece of the tax code is to persuade building owners to build energy-efficient buildings or make efficient renovations to current buildings when at all possible. The legislation applies to improvements made to the building envelope, HVAC systems, and interior lighting.

In layman’s terms, 179D allows for a deduction of $1.80 for energy efficiency improvements which reduce the buildings energy consumption by 50%. 50% Could be a lofty goal when it comes to installing an energy-efficient roof. Fortunately, building owners may be eligible to receive a partial deduction of $0.60 a square foot if their projects won’t be able to reach the 50% benchmark.

The 50% efficiency benchmark is derived by comparing improvements to a standard set by ASHRAE 90.1-2001.

Another tax benefit is one that we have touched on a couple of times before but will bring it up again because it is tremendously beneficial.

Section 179 offers another fantastic set of tax benefits for the small business owner. Section 179 is part of the recently signed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The changes to the tax code brought on by this new legislation for clearly designed to give a boost to small businesses by allowing them to make capital investments that will accelerate their growth.

One of the major changes this legislation created was to allow small business owners to write off an expense such as a new roof as soon as it was put into service. Under the old rules and regulations, business owners had to wait to benefit from depreciation. They were only allowed to write off a small part of the expense every year. This was an agonizingly slow way to recoup major expenses.

Section 179 offers several other benefits for small business owners. Check out our blog for more information on its advantages.

We Will Help You Make Sure Everything Is Cool with Your Roof

Any time you invest in your roof it’s a big decision. Few things are worse than making a decision on bad information and then having to correct it down the road.

Our roofing pros are experts in the field with years of experience. They can help you make the right decision whether you need to know if you should replace or repair your roof or if you are unsure if cool roofing is a good fit for your business.

Contact us today to ease your roofing woes!

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