What is Reroofing?

Similar to the need for new tires, the time for a new roof, although inevitable, never seems to come at the right time. A traditional replacement of a commercial roof can be quite an undertaking, involving an extensive tear-off process which can occasionally pose the need for business interruption.

Luckily, there is another solution available to many circumstances that offers a new roof without some of the downsides of a full roof replacement.

Enter: Reroofing.

Reroofing is a process where a new roof layer is added to an existing one. It's different from replacing the whole roof because you're not removing the existing roof, but building a new one on top of it. This method is especially popular for traditional through-fastened metal roofs (a weather-tightness weak point) on commercial and industrial buildings like factories or warehouses for various reasons:

  • Faster
  • Less expensive because the lack of tear-off costs
  • Less intrusive to operating businesses: Whereas a roof replacement can be a large endeavor and may require downtime for a building, a reroof can generally proceed without any interruptions to the goings-on within the building.
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Reroofing with MR-24

Important things to know:

You can have a Butler roof installed on your non-Butler building: If your commercial building is in need of a roof, you can get the gold standard MR-24 installed which offers 90% maintenance savings over conventional roofs and comes with a 25-year warranty.

Code limitations: There are code limitations to how many times you can reroof a building - This is usually once or twice.

Tear-off: The big benefit of a reroof vs a new roof is the minimization of tear-off. Tear-off is costly as it’s labor intensive.

Butler Manufacturing's Solution

Butler Manufacturing understands the challenges and costs associated with aging or malfunctioning roof systems. Traditional roofs, whether metal or conventional, often face issues like leaks, cracks, and other wear-and-tear problems, leading to significant maintenance and replacement costs. To address these concerns, Butler offers advanced roofing solutions tailored to provide long-term, cost-effective benefits. You can indeed have all the benefits Butler’s roofing technology (and warranty!) without replacing the current roof.

The Three Types of Butler Reroofing Systems

Low-Profile Metal-Over-Metal System: Designed for Compatibility

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The Butler Low-Profile Metal-Over-Metal System is specifically crafted for existing roofs with panel configurations of 1.5 inches or less in height. This innovative system ensures a seamless integration with your current roof, enhancing its durability without the need for a complete overhaul.

Key Benefits

  • Lightweight: Adds less than 2 pounds per square foot, minimizing structural load.
  • Energy Efficient: Opportunity to add insulation, reducing energy costs.
  • Long-Term Durability: Proven track record with over 2 billion square feet installed.

High-Profile Metal-Over-Metal System: Ideal for Higher Configurations

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For roofs with corrugation heights exceeding 1.5 inches, the Butler High-Profile System is the perfect fit. It accommodates the unique structural nuances of such roofs, ensuring a snug and effective overlay.

Key Benefits

  • Structural Integrity: Enhances the strength and lifespan of existing roofs.
  • Cost-Effective: Eliminates the need for expensive tear-offs and disposal.
  • Maintenance Reduction: Drastically cuts down on the need for regular upkeep.

Slope Build-Up Framing System: Solving Flat Roof Problems

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The Slope Build-Up Framing System is our answer to the common issues plaguing flat roofs. By adding a slope ranging from a quarter-inch per 12 inches to 4 inches in 12 inches, this system effectively prevents water ponding and the resultant damage.

Key Benefits

  • Versatility: Adaptable to almost any flat roof condition.
  • Reduced Maintenance: Lessens the frequency and cost of roof repairs.
  • Enhanced Insulation: Potential for added insulation, boosting energy savings.

Types of Butler roofing systems that can be used in a slope build-up reroof are:

MR-24 - The Gold Standard. The MR-24 stands as the industry's premier standing seam roof system. Its design promises longevity and superior weather-tightness, making it a top choice among architects and builders.

VSR II - The Architect’s Roof. The VSR II roof system marries sleek aesthetics with robust performance. Ideal for those seeking both beauty and strength in a roofing solution, it sets the benchmark in contemporary roofing.

Butlerib II - The Classic Economical Choice. The Butlerib II is Butler Manufacturing's fundamental roofing solution. Integrating durability with affordability, it’s no wonder why this has been a mainstay in Butler’s line for over 50 years.

Learn more on all three here.

Why Reroofing Over Roof Replacement?

Choosing to reroof instead of replacing your entire roof can be beneficial in many scenarios. It's an ideal choice if your existing roof's structural integrity is still sound but requires an upgrade for better performance, energy efficiency, or aesthetic reasons. Reroofing is faster, less disruptive to your business operations, and often more budget-friendly than a complete replacement. It's a strategic decision that extends the life of your existing roof while providing the benefits of a new one.

Butler MFG parts is a MAR Building Solutions company. So whether you need roofing parts or for a Butler Builder for a reroofing job, reach out! We're here to help.