The Elusive 100-Year Roof Is Now a Reality

by | Feb 22, 2022 | Flat Roof Management

Why should anyone care if a commercial roof lasts 100 years? Based on average life expectancy, chances are pretty good that you won’t be around to see that roof reach its centennial birthday. But what if there was a program that not only guaranteed that your roof would last 100 years AND it saved you money right now – while you’re alive and able to enjoy the savings?


What Happens Now


Most businesses just accept the fact they are going to have to tear off and replace their rooftop every 25 years. With an average cost of $12 per square foot, this amounts to roughly $36 per square foot over 100 years. That’s a total of four expenditures, and each one of those is a capital expense rather than a maintenance expense. That can make a huge difference in your business’s income taxes since maintenance expenses are tax-deductible, while capital expenses are not.


There Is Another Option


What if there was a process that would ensure your roof lasted 100 years – without having to tear it off and replace it every 25 years? The technology is finally here – and Flat Roof Solutions (FRS) has developed it.

Our low-cost, high-performance process for maintaining commercial roofs cuts expenses over the life of a roof by approximately 40% since the cost in maintenance over 100 years is approximately $22 per square foot versus $36 per square foot for the traditional roofing process. The bottom line is that it’s much easier to budget for $.22 per square foot instead of $.36 per square foot per year with the traditional method.


Compare Traditional and FRS Processes


The table below shows the cost comparison between the traditional roofing process and the FRS 100-year process.

Traditional

100-Year Process

Age

$/Sq. Foot

Service Years

Action

$/Sq.

25

12

20

New Roof

50

12

20

Coating

5

75

12

10

Re-coating

3

20

Re-cover

6

20

Re-coating

5

10

Re-coating

3

Total Cost

$36/Sq. Foot

Total Cost

22

Savings

14

On 50,000 Sq. Ft.

$700,000


*The example above is for illustrative purposes only. Every roof is unique and must be estimated individually.


Potential Savings Are Substantial


The savings in this example are conservative and don’t take into account that each time you tear off and replace the roof, you will need to bring your roof up to current code which could be an additional expense. With the FRS 100-year roof, code compliance is grandfathered.

If you would like more information about this low-cost, high-performance method for maintaining the roof of your commercial property for 100 years, please give us a call (610-881-6155) or contact us. We’re happy to help.

 

Author


Jared Van Vranken
is Vice President and lead estimator at Flat Roof Solutions in Malvern, PA. Jared has directed the installation, repair, recovery, and replacement of commercial flat roofs for more than a decade at Flat Roof Solutions. He guides clients in selecting the best roofing material for their needs and budget.

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