Roof Replacement: Can I Retrofit a Metal Roof with Duro-Last?

Metal roofs are a common choice because they are so long lasting. A case study has even shown the average metal roof has a lifespan of 41.6 years. However, when metal roofs finally reach their expiration date, many property owners are unsure of their options for roof replacement. 

Demolishing the existing roof can be costly in terms of both time and money, especially when you consider the amount of disruption this process can cause for your daily business operations. Fortunately, demolition is not the only route available for replacing a metal roof.

Understanding the Duro-Last Retrofitting Process 

When time catches up to a metal roof, it does not necessarily have to go. Through retrofitting, the metal roof can remain in place. 

Instead of removing all existing roofing materials and undergoing a costly replacement, retrofitting makes it possible to utilize your old metal roof as a solid, fire resistant structure. This structure can then be overlaid with the robust thermoplastic membrane known as Duro-Last.

During the process of retrofitting a metal roof, the Duro-Last roofing system is attached over the existing metal profile. Having this single-ply membrane in place significantly reduces seam and fastener problems and minimizes the potential for leaks around penetrations. Most significantly, this cutting-edge membrane allows you to finally say goodbye to rust and corrosion issues, which are some of the most common complaints arising from having a metal roof.

Choosing Retrofitting Over Conventional Roof Replacement

Avoiding the demolition process is a huge benefit that comes with choosing retrofitting over total roof replacement. However, there are many other advantages to installing a Duro-Last membrane over your existing roof. 

Unlike a conventional roof, Duro-Last roofing systems are built in a standardized factory setting where quality control is of the utmost importance. Up to 85% of seams are completed in this controlled environment, leaving little room for error and minimizing on-site labor for installation. With fewer vulnerabilities in the roof overall, there’s significantly less chance for leakage over time.

Some of the other advantages of retrofitting your metal roof with a Duro-Last membrane are as follows:

  • Quality and performance guaranteed. Duro-Last roofing systems are only installed by authorized professionals and are protected by one of the most robust warranties in the roofing industry. The standard warranty available offers comprehensive coverage for defects in the Duro-Last material, ensuring your peace of mind and the integrity of your roof for years to come.
  • Environmentally friendly outcomes. If you’re looking to reduce the environmental footprint of your business, choosing a Duro-Last retrofit over a conventional roof replacement can help. Roof retrofitting generates less landfill waste in two ways. First, the existing roof structure stays in place. Secondly, the Duro-Last membrane will be crafted to fit the measurements of your building, resulting in less scrap material. Additionally, Duro-Last membranes reflect solar heat keeping your building cool. This also helps reduce energy expenditures related to climate control.
  • Incredible durability. After so many years of having a metal roof, you’ve likely enjoyed the perks of a durable roofing system you know you can count on even in severe weather. With Duro-Last, you won’t be sacrificing durability. The Duro-Last membrane is formulated with reinforced thermoplastic that is highly resistant to leaks as well as other external threats such as fire, wind, chemicals, and changes in temperature. Best of all, Duro-Last roofing systems can maintain their structural integrity for decades.

Do you have questions about the advantages of retrofitting your roof with Duro-Last rather than opting for a complete roof replacement? We encourage you to get in touch with the authorized Duro-Last contractors at AMW Contracting today! Call 904-725-4197 for details about our commercial roofing services and a free estimate