Can a Roof Be Repaired in Winter?

Mid-Atlantic winters can be harsh, with freezing rains and substantial snowfall. Add to that fewer daylight hours. So, can a commercial roof be repaired in winter?

Yes! The roof of your building can be repaired in the winter months. Even if snow is in the forecast, roofing contractors can repair or restore your commercial roof (they just might need to do a bit of shoveling first).

In fact, there are certain weaknesses that, if discovered in the winter, you should have a roofing contractor inspect immediately.

What are Common Winter Roof Issues?

Leaks are the most alarming roof weakness. Even small leaks or signs of possible leaks in your building’s roof could be cause for emergency roof repair service.

We handle emergency roof repairs in all seasons and are dedicated to helping property owners solve whatever issues they have. That’s why we offer 24-hour emergency roof repair.

As a Home Advisor “Top-Rated” roofing contractor, the J. Smucker Contracting team of commercial roof professionals delivers the highest quality customer service and are on high alert during emergency weather situations.

The causes of leaks vary (read 4 Main Causes of Winter Roof Leaks) but the solution remains the same: request a free inspection or call us at 717-985-7379 for emergency services.

Does Winter Roof Repair Costs More?

No, roof repair in the winter does not cost more. Commercial roof repairs are typically needed in the winter and the same as those needed in warmer months.

Letting those repairs go until temperatures warm up, however, can cost you more in the long run. Why? If you have a small leak in your roof in the winter, snow or rain seeps in. Then it freezes and expands.

This causes much more damage than if you just have your building’s roof repaired as soon as you spot the weakness. The leak will increase in size and could eventually threaten the entire roof system.

Are There Winter Roof Repair Challenges?

Ice dams can form along roof edges, which prevents snow and ice from draining off a building. If the water backs up behind that dam, it could weaken any roof coatings or substrates already compromised by poor installation or age.

Occasionally, temperatures drop too low for certain coating products to adhere properly. Our commercial roof professionals can go over what roof types are best for your project and, if needed, temporarily repair your roof until conditions enable proper adhesion for the roof coating you desire.

Lastly, excessive amounts of snow that remain or accumulate from other storms could be a weight-bearing risk to your building’s roof. Know your roof’s weight limits and arrange the proper maintenance needed to avoid snow overloads.

Need help? Schedule a free roof inspection with J. Smucker Contracting.

Will Elastomeric Roof Coating Stop Leaks?

Yes, an elastomeric roof coating is one way to provide moisture-proof protection for flat roofs. It can extend the life of existing commercial roofing and restore leak-proof shelter on your facility.

What is an elastomeric roof?

An elastomeric roof is typically a flat roof protected by a rubber-like coating that provides a seamless, waterproofing layer to a roof system.

Elastomer is a polymer that’s very flexible. It’s especially great for areas with high humidity.

Commercial roof coating systems like elastomeric are trustworthy, innovative, affordable solutions for metal and rubber roof restoration and repair.

What are the advantages of elastomeric coatings?

An elastomeric roof coating is a cool-roof/reflective-roof option, reducing your building’s energy consumption and maintenance costs. Also, these roofing coatings can save building owners thousands of dollars compared to the cost of a complete roof replacement.

What is the best elastomeric roof coating?

Smucker offers several elastomeric roof coating options, including Conklin Affinity Polyurethane Roofing that can be used on various flat roofs and a Fabric Reinforced Coating, a liquid-applied acrylic membrane combined with flexible/durable polyester fabric.

These roof coatings can solve leak issues when applied over existing EPDM, Modified Bit, BUR, and metal roofs, as well as composite decking and concrete. Conklin elastomeric roof coatings can extend the life of your existing commercial roof.

It’s important to have trained contractors install your elastomeric roof systems, using the right equipment, the best adhesives, and the right sealants. J Smucker contractors specialize in commercial roof systems. Our company is an authorized distributor of Conklin Roofing Systems.

How long before you need an elastomeric recoat?

We provide an 18-year non-prorated warranty on our systems. You can learn more about J Smucker Contracting warranties here.

Ready to extend the life of your building’s roof? J. Smucker Contracting provides a free roof inspection to all new potential clients. Contact us to learn more.

Community, Now More Than Ever

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. COVID-19 has put all businesses in uncharted waters.

As I write this, our state of Pennsylvania is still under many restrictions that make operating a business of any kind, stressful. We are seeing small and local businesses of all kinds close their doors for good, and the ones still open are more surviving than thriving.

As a business that mainly specializes and works in the business-to-business field (B2B), we at J. Smucker Contracting see it every single day. We’ve seen:

  • Estimates that were ready to pull the trigger be put on hold indefinitely.
  •  The phones go silent for weeks at a time.
  •  Businesses switch gears and try to repair things rather than replace them as everyone is tightening their belts in this difficult time.

And while we all need to do what it takes to make it through this, I think we need to have a sense of “we are all in this together” now more than ever.

What does this mean? What does “community now more than ever” mean here at J. Smucker Contracting?

To us, it means supporting our local businesses as much as we can. While the larger chain stores are often more convenient, and sometimes even a little cheaper, supporting your local small business community will go a long way to helping your community make it through this tough time.

Some of the local companies we make it a point to support are Gideon King Hardware, A.B. Martin Roofing SupplyService Wholesale Inc., A.J. Blosenski, White Horse Machine Shop, and many other locally owned, small businesses.

Take a look at where you and your company buy your supplies or services. Is there any way you can switch to a local small business for those?

Don’t stop there!

In our personal lives, what can we change to support more local, small businesses? Let’s be mindful of where we buy our groceries, where we choose to dine out, where we buy our gas, home and auto insurance, and other goods and services. Keep “buy local” first in mind in your professional and personal lives.

At the end of the day, we may have to go out of our way a little, maybe even pay a couple of bucks more here or there, but we just might be saving the jobs of people who work and live in our communities. Your impact on the local community could be invaluable.

Another way to support our local business community: Referrals! Referring customers is the lifeblood for any business, large or small.

In tough economic times, smaller local companies aren’t going to have very large marketing budgets. So, we should the word about your satisfaction with their services. It costs us nothing but could mean everything to the business we are referring. Offer a positive review online, share a recommendation through social media, and use word-of-mouth to prop up small businesses in your area.

Let’s all do our part. Let’s look for ways to use local businesses as much as we can. Let’s spread the word about local businesses as often as possible and let’s look for ways to build each other and our communities up as much as we can!

  • Word of Mouth
  • Online Reviews
  • Social Media
  • Gift Card Purchases
  • Seek Out Local
  • Seek Out Family-Owned

We ARE in this together. Our community will be a lot stronger if we come through this pandemic together.

How Often Should a Roof Be Replaced?

Most commercial roofs are flat, EPDM single-ply membrane. The average lifespan of a flat rubber roof, when maintained every year and under the best circumstances, is 15-20 years.

Relying on averages isn’t the right approach, however, to proper facility management. There could be issues with your building’s roof that require immediate attention regardless of the age of your roof system.

Warning Signs That You Need a New Roof

The most obvious warning sign that you need a new roof is visual evidence of water leaking into your building.

Unfortunately, leaks could be happening for years without presenting anything inside. Usually, by the time you’re seeing the leaking inside, your roof has been leaking for some time.

That’s why it’s best to have a professional get on the roof a couple of times a year to inspect the top side. With proper equipment and expertise, a roofing professional can look for holes, seams pulling, and cracks or caulk that has hardened and become brittle.

He or she will look for any ways that water may be getting in currently or may get in down the road.

Read 5 Flat Roof Leak Signs You Can Find on Your Own

How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Roof?

There is no typical cost to replace a roof. It depends on the size of the roof, the condition of the roof, and the materials used to replace the roof.

We can be definitive in this: Getting to a roof issue before the roof is too far gone will save you a lot of money in the long run. Leaving a roof, that is on its last leg go uninspected or without routine maintenance can lead to costly additional work when replacing it.

Having to replace rotted decking and framing can really drive the price up. Add to that the likelihood of having to fix interior damage.

The other benefit of getting to it before its completely shot is being able to go the coating route. As a Conklin certified installer, we have several coating options for roofs that allow us to leave the original roof intact, reinforce, and coat it.

Roof restoration through J. Smucker could cost about $5 per square foot. Other companies will typically charge about $10 per square foot for a roof replacement. You can save as much as 50% on a roof restoration while still giving you the same warranty!

We offer our customers a good/better/best approach to commercial roof repairs and restoration. We work with large and small businesses. It’s important to us to make sure you are fully informed of the options available that best suit your budget.

How Long Does It Take To Replace A Roof?

This is another question that is dependent on the size of the roof and material used, but on average it takes 1-2 weeks to replace a roof.

More importantly, a roof restoration with J. Smucker does not require any downtime on your part. Your facility can continue its normal business operations.

Can You Replace Only Half A Roof?

There are occasions when only part of a roof needs to be replaced or repaired. This is especially true when a commercial building has roof sections that differ in the roofing material. For instance, this can happen when an older building undergoes reconstruction and a new section might be added.

This is something to discuss with a roofing consultant and given careful consideration.

For instance, it might seem like a leak is coming from one spot, yet the source could be from multiple spots. There could also be issues with varying slope levels or insufficient slope that aren’t obvious yet cause destructive ponding.

You can just be chasing your tail replacing the roof piece by piece and remediation could cost more in the long run.

Is It Better To Repair Or Replace A Roof?

This all depends on the size of the repair, the age of your roof, and the condition of the roof.

Is your roof 5-7 years old and the repair is small? Then a repair is fine. But if the roof is 14 years old, and you’re repairing 25% of the roof, it’s smarter to just replace it.

What Time Of Year Is Best To Replace A Roof?

There really isn’t a “best time” of year to replace your roof.

Certainly, spring and summer are our busiest times. But when it comes to most of our roof replacement options, we can replace any time of year.

Winter does lessen roof replacement options. There are coatings we can’t install in winter, but most of our roof restoration systems are mechanically fastened and not impacted by winter temperatures.

J. Smucker Contracting specializes in commercial roof restorations and repairs and we offer free roof inspections to our potential clients. We encourage you to schedule your roof inspection today.

You May be Able to Expense Your Building’s New Roof

The end of 2020 is nearing and for many of us, it’s a welcome event. For local businesses, the pandemic made this year one of the most financially challenging. With that in mind, we wanted to provide some positive news to owners of non-residential buildings.

Your new commercial roof could be a tax benefit!

Changes to Section 179 under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the amount of money you can deduct as a business expense (up to $1 million) rather than the property expense being capitalized and depreciated.

So, building enhancements such as industrial roofing improvements may qualify as an eligible expense under Section 179 Tax Deduction.Taxpayers can now include the following improvements made to nonresidential property:

tax break money inside a christmas stocking
  • Roofs, HVAC, fire protection systems, alarm systems, and security systems.
  • Any improvement to a building’s interior (unless attributable to enlarging the building, elevators or escalators, internal structural framework)

These changes apply to property placed in service in taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 2017. You can get more details on this IRS website regarding what businesses can immediately expense this year under the new rules of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

The Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) applauded the new tax law’s expensing rules for roofs, and we do too!

If your building or warehouse needs a new roof, this one-time tax deduction can make it more affordable.

Additionally, you may be able to deduct your commercial mortgage interest, tax benefits from maintenance, and benefit from opportunity zones. We are commercial roof professionals, however, and not tax experts! We suggest you consult with your accountant or business attorney to learn the options available to you under these new rules.

Smucker Contracting specializes in industrial roof restorations and replacements for all types of commercial roofs. Our crew members are certified and trained technicians who are proficient with Conklin Roofing System products, which offer consistently superior protection at an affordable price.

Our roof restoration services can save you thousands compared to complete roof tear-off and installation.

Request a free roof inspection to learn how we can help restore your building’s roof and take advantage of the tax benefits available to you.

Flat Roof Skylights: Benefits, Leaks & Average Costs

Flat roof skylights can be a popular feature to add during a new installation and for good reason too — but they can also be a major source of weakness in a roof. Skylights make your building more energy-efficient and more attractive, however, they also pose a risk for serious leaks. So, whether you’re considering the benefits of skylights for your new roof or are looking to handle a leak, we can help.

At J. Smucker Contracting, we’re an exclusively commercial roofer that provides answers to the questions business owners and facility managers have about their roofs — and perform all types of commercial roof work. Read more to learn about flat roof skylights, why they leak, and what it costs to replace them. However, if you just need a reliable company to fix your leaking skylights, our team handles that too. Reach out today to request a free roof inspection and a free quote for any work it needs.

Types of Commercial Skylights

commercial skylights for flat roofs

There are different commercial skylights for flat roofs. Generally, you’ll know which type you have based on your roof material and what they look like. These are the two most common types of commercial skylights:

Dome Skylights

Dome skylights are the most common skylight on the market as they are the go-to choice for single ply roofs. Dome skylights are built with an inner and outer dome for added leak protection and are recognizable by the “bubble” look. On average, a domed skylight will last approximately 20 years before needing to be replaced. Generally, it costs between $700 and $1,000 to replace a standard size domed skylight on a flat roof.

Panel Skylights

Used on an r-panel metal roof, this skylight is simply a transparent panel that sits flush with the other metal roof panels. This type of skylight has a much lower profile than a raised dome skylight. On average, these skylights last between 15 to 20 years before needing replaced, and the cost to replace a metal panel skylight is between $200 to $300.

While, these are the two most common types on the market, custom-built options are always available as well.

Why to Install Skylights on a Flat Roof

skylights on a flat roof

The primary benefit of skylights on a flat roof is that they provide significant natural light throughout a space. Not only does that light provide a pleasant ambiance for office spaces, but they also limit the dependence on electric lights during the daytime, creating small energy savings.

Interested in energy savings? Learn more about solar panels for commercial roofs.

However, from our experience, the main benefit of commercial skylights in flat roofs is the sense of style. They create a modern and upscale feel inside the space that makes it a common non-negotiable option for building owners during new construction.


Signs of Flat Roof Skylight Leaks

Depending on the installation, on some roofs, the skylights are often the first point of failure. The primary reason that flat roof skylights leak is that the material itself fails and cracks. These cracks can either happen from a specific incident like hail damage or simply from age.

As is the case with all types of commercial roofing problems, the damage can be hard to see from the ground until it’s too late. However, these are two signs of commercial skylight leaks you should keep an eye out for:

  1. The Skylight Starts Fogging — If you notice that a particular skylight or panel is fogged over, that is a sign that the glass has cracked and condensation is occurring. This is an early warning sign of a larger leak to come.
  2. Water or Stains Below the Skylight — This is a sign that a significant amount of water is infiltrating through the skylight and ending up in your building.

See more flat roof leaks you can find on your own.

So, if you notice either of these two signs or something else amiss with your skylights, we encourage you to bring out one of our experts for a free roof inspection. We offer a free roof inspection to all-potential clients as a way to understand what your roof needs (if anything) — and what it will cost to resolve it.

J. Smucker Contracting is a full-service commercial roofer that does it all — from small repairs to huge restoration and replacement jobs. Contact us today to get more information and request your free inspection.

Solving Flat Roof Problems for Businesses

While a well-installed roof can last for decades, small flat roof problems can threaten to undermine their performance. That’s why we at J. Smucker Contracting created a dedicated service department to provide same day fixes to all of the most common flat roof defects. Our repair team was founded to offer convenience and complete repairs to new and previous clients alike. This is what sets our service department apart: we provide same day quotes, complete repairs, and same day invoices. That means you can find a problem and have it fixed and paid for before the end of the day.


Keep reading to learn more about the most common flat roof problems — and to learn about our roof maintenance service agreements.

5 Most Common Flat Roof Defects

flat roof defects

What starts out as a fairly small problem can become a much larger issue if left unchecked. While our repair team can handle just about anything, here are some common issues that our repair program was designed to handle. Learn the most common flat roof defects and issues that we’re equipped to repair, and why repairing your roof in a timely manner matters:

  1. Puncture in Rubber Membrane — On a TPO, PVC, or EPDM roof, the water-resistant membrane is the surface of the roof that prevents water infiltration. A small cut, rip, or puncture in this membrane can lead to water leaks that increase in size the longer they are left alone.
  2. Loose Screw — On a metal roof, the screws that hold the metal panels in place are one of the few areas on this type of roof that can leak. If the screws pop out or come lose during the natural expansion and contraction of the roof, it can cause water leakage.
  3. Bad Seam — The seams between rolls of material on an uncoated membrane roof are another possible area of water leakage. This is one of the most common flat roof defects that we see, and our teams have ample experience fixing them. Learn more about the advantages of roof coating.
  4. Clogged Drain — Since leaving standing water on a roof is a recipe for disaster, commercial roofs come with a sophisticated water drainage system. However, if one or more of these drains becomes blocked for a long period of time, it can become a flat roof problem and lead to large scale water leaks.
  5. Loose Flashing — Another system to manage water on a flat roof, flashing is used to direct water away from key areas. The metal flashing coming loose is a flat roof problem that is fairly simple, but absolutely essential, to repair. Since the flashing is used to protect highly vulnerable areas, if it’s missing, your roof can start to leak.

All of these roof defects can pose a large problem if left alone, however, in most cases they can all be fixed in a single day. Our service department was specifically founded to solve issues like these for businesses before they become emergencies.

Roof Maintenance Service Agreement

roof maintenance service agreement

Since all of these roof defects can be difficult to notice, yet destructive if missed, many business owners prefer a proactive roof maintenance strategy. That’s why we also offer roof maintenance service agreements for businesses in our area. Our commercial roofers perform regularly scheduled maintenance and periodic inspection to ensure the roof is free of damage. This is a strategy that allows business owners and facility managers to pay small maintenance fees in order to prevent unexpected large-scale damage to their roofs.

The cost of our roof service agreements is based on the dimensions of the roof and the frequency of the scheduled work. In addition, for all clients with roof maintenance service agreements, we allow them to lock in better rates, while enjoying priority service for repairs and other roof work.

How long does your roof have left? Learn more about average commercial roof lifespans.

Let us Solve Your Flat Roof Problems Today

If your roof has a small leak right now, reach out today so our service department can diagnose and fix the problem immediately. Our prices our competitive, and the quality of work is unbeatable. We’re ready to help solve your flat roof problems right now. If you would like to get more information on signing up for a roof maintenance service agreement, let’s talk about the condition of your roof and how to best protect it.

Preventative Roof Maintenance is Way Better than Reactive Roof Repair

What Is Preventative Maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is basically a checkup. Just like your body needs a checkup once or twice a year to ensure your good health or spot any health concerns, your roof needs that as well.

Your building’s roof goes through a lot in a year. Extreme temperature swings, ice, snow, rain, winds, storm debris, foot traffic for HVAC inspection, the list goes on. It takes a beating!

You need to keep it functioning at its best 24/7/365. That means inspecting and repairing it from the flashings to the parapets and everywhere in between. Preventative maintenance is part of a strategy for effective property management. It should be part of your routine building maintenance.

Preventative maintenance for an industrial roof, however, should be done by a professional roof technician like those on the J. Smucker Company team. As an A+ rated contractor with the Better Business Bureau and a Top-Rated HomeAdvisor roofing company, we know our roofing professionals can play an integral role in a preventative maintenance plan for your building.


What Happens During Preventative Maintenance?

We come out one to two times a year, depending on your roof’s needs, and we inspect it. We walk the roof looking for issues, tears, and holes. We clean drains, which is crucial for making sure no debris is keeping it from moving water off the roof. If your drains are clogged, it can cause water to overflow and leak into your building’s interior.

We make small repairs when needed, within a 2-hour labor allotment, and recommend any additional repairs needed beyond that. We give you discounted pricing on those repairs. Our team of commercial roofing pros has years of experience in resolving common flat roof defects and commercial roof issues.

We offer professional inspection, detection, correction, and prevention.

During our roof inspection, there’s no need to stop your business’s normal operating procedures and no need for costly downtime in warehouse production or other functions.

Is Preventative Maintenance Expensive?

No! When you compare it to the cost of repairs due to leaks, both inside and outside, preventative maintenance is a fraction of the cost! A preventative maintenance plan is sound property management. It’s what makes a facility manager a responsible professional or one who likes to take a gamble on a building’s overall health.

Preventative maintenance may help prevent costs incurred from extensive property damage and prevent possible injuries sustained from facility damage.

The cost of preventative maintenance through J. Smucker Contracting is based on the dimensions of your roof and how often you want us to perform scheduled inspection and services. We enable our customers to lock in better rates while gaining priority repair service on other roof work.

Why Do Preventative Maintenance?

Preventing costly damage is only one of the reasons to perform yearly preventative maintenance on your roof!

Preventative maintenance may be required as part of the roof manufacturer’s warranty.

At the end of the day, your roof is your building’s most important component. It allows your employees to work safely inside, and your business to keep rolling along. Interior repairs due to leaks that go undetected can lead to employee downtime, and lost revenues.

Get an Estimate on Preventative Maintenance

Let us keep your roof at its best, and let you do what you do best! A preventative approach to maintenance is much better than a reactive approach to it. Reactive approaches almost always end up with more extensive repair needs and in production downtime.

Why Commercial Roof Inspections Are So Important

Your roof is one of the biggest assets of your business that you never think about. When your roof performs well, you never know it’s there. However, when your roof leaks, it’s an emergency — and a costly one at that.

So, is your roof in A+ shape or is it a year — and a bad winter — away from costing you several thousand dollars? If you don’t know, we recommend a commercial roof inspection. At J. Smucker Contracting, we offer every new client a commercial roof inspection to find out what condition their roof is in — good or bad.

Read our blog to learn what it entails, why it’s so important, and how to claim your FREE commercial roof inspection today.

How a Professional Roof Inspection Can Help You

inspection of commercial epdm rubber roof

Knowledge is power. Knowing the condition of your roof allows you or the decision makers to plan and budget accordingly.

These are the reasons any business owner or facility manager should get a roof inspection for their building at least once:

  1. Find Out How Long the Roof Has Left — Large-scale roof work tends to be expensive — so having as much notice as possible is a good thing. If your roof needs replacement or restoration, you want to plan for it more than a year in advance. As part of any roof inspection, we’ll give you an estimate as to how long your roof will last before needing large-scale work.

    We reveal average commercial roof lifespans.
  2. Leverage Preventative Maintenance — Roof inspections aren’t only for damaged roofs. In fact, learning that your roof is in good shape is a great opportunity. We offer numerous roof coatings that prevent the most common forms of damage and can make your building more energy-efficient.
  3. Find and Prevent Problems — If our roofing experts see the telltale signs of a problem starting to form, we can tell you how to fix it before it gets out of hand. This can be the difference between spending a few hundred dollars for a one-day fix and spending tens of thousands of dollars for a brand new roof.

What are the 5 most common roof repairs?

Our Inspection Checklist

commercial building roof with leaks

As part of a commercial roof inspection, our experts will hunt high and low for the damage that destroys other roofs.

These are the key areas we examine during a roof inspection — and what we’re looking for when we do:

  • Hunt for Rips or Punctures in the Membrane — The main layer (or membrane) of your roof has an important job to do: repelling the water that would destroy your roof. That’s why we examine the membrane of your roof for rips or punctures during every commercial roof inspection. Surface damage to your roof membrane can cause massive and destructive leaks — so it is crucially important to find and rectify them as soon as possible.
  • Examine the Seams — On EPDM roofs, the seams between pieces of membrane are the #1 spot for leaks. That’s why we pay special attention to the seams of your roof during an inspection. We’d rather find a leak during the inspection than have you find it when water starts pouring through your ceiling during a rainstorm.
  • Check Around Protrusions — Most commercial roofs house important features such as HVAC equipment, ventilation systems, or skylights. If your roof does, that’s no problem — you just need to pay extra attention. Any protrusions on your roof have the potential to leak. We make this an area of focus during any business roof inspection.
  • Look For Ponding Water / Check Drainage Systems — Any well-built flat roof has systems in place to drain water away from the roof surface. As part of the commercial roof inspection, our team will assess how well those systems are working. If we see ponding water or damaged drainage systems, those are signs your roof needs some help.
  • Check the Condition of Fasteners — Whether you have a metal or a membrane roof, the fasteners do an important job — but they are unfortunately vulnerable to rust. If these exposed metal fasteners do rust out, it can be the start of a major leak. That’s why we check these for the early signs of oxidation during any commercial roof inspection.

Learn more about our Conklin roof coating solution.

Claim a Free Commercial Roof Inspection

fabric reinforced roofing system exton pa

At J. Smucker Contracting, we have a special deal for any business that has never worked with us before. We want to offer you a 100% free, no obligation commercial roof inspection. There’s no charge and no obligation!

If your roof is in good condition, we’re more than happy to give you the peace-of-mind knowing you have nothing to worry about. Other than suggesting a preventative maintenance coating that increases energy efficiency, you won’t have anything to think about. However, if we do spot the signs of serious damage taking root, we’ll tell you what it takes to fix it.

Contact us today to request your FREE roof inspection!

What is Roof Restoration?

If you’re here, chances are it’s because you’re looking for solutions for your leaking roof. Either the roof on your business building or the roof on one of the properties you manage needs work — and you don’t like the price tag of a full roof replacement. So, what is roof restoration? Roof restoration is a roofing system that transforms an old or damaged roof into one that is better than when it was new — at approximately half the cost of replacement.

At J. Smucker Contracting, we specialize in commercial roof restoration in PA, DE, NJ, MD, and TN. Time and time again, we’ve seen restoration prove to be the BEST solution. Today, we’re answering the common question, “What is roof restoration?” and providing you all of the essential details on what it includes. Keep reading to learn more — or to request a free roofing inspection and quote!


What Our Roof Renewal Systems Entail

roof renewal

Our roof renewal system promises a better-than-new-roof for approximately 50% of the cost of tearing off and rebuilding it. Beyond that, J. Smucker Contracting offers an unbeatable 18-year non-prorated warranty. If you want to know what is roof restoration, though, we’ll break it down in detail!

Here’s exactly what you can expect from our roof renewal system:

  1. Reinforcing Seams — On a membrane roof, the seams between individual pieces are some of the main places that leaks can occur. As your roof gets older, the seams become more and more likely to leak. One of the first steps of our roof renewal systems involves placing and sealing a fabric strip across the individual seams. Our roof renewal makes what was once the Achilles heel of the roof one of the strongest parts.
  2. Membrane Repair — The membrane of the roof (whether it’s EPDM, TPO, or PVC) is the first line of defense against the weather. However, as it ages, the membrane can take a beating from physical damage or just from years spent in the elements. Our roof restoration system completely coats the original membrane, patching any holes and cracks — providing it with 18+ years of defense!

    Compare TPO vs EPDM roofing.
  3. Fix Any Drainage Problems — Improper drainage is a destructive issue on almost any type of roof. Our roof restoration system addresses BOTH of the most common causes of drainage problems as it entails replacing faulty drains and filling in any rooftop divots.
  4. Reinforce & Protect Fasteners — Metal roofs are generally very durable and boast a long lifespan. However, the fasteners that secure the metal panels are the one weakness that often cuts that lifespan short. However, our roof renewal system also works on metal roofs by caulking and coating the fastener heads, making them impervious to rust. Once again, our roof restoration makes a roof better than new!
  5. Cut Your Energy Bills — While our roof renewal systems are primarily an emergency treatment to fix a badly damaged roof, they also provide some other big picture benefits. The roof coating we use during restoration is a reflective white, which reflects the sun’s rays. This cuts your energy bills by keeping your building cooler over the summer.

    Interested in energy savings? Learn more about solar panels for business roofs.

Comparing Restoration vs. Replacement

commercial roof renewal systems

We often work with business owners and facility managers who have been told they need a full roof replacement and are weighing their options. Roof restoration is a practical and financially smart alternative to a total tear off and new install. While we also perform numerous roof replacements every year, we recommend roof renewal whenever possible.

Here’s how it stacks up:

  • Roof replacement costs about 50% less than a full roof replacement.
  • Roof restoration takes about half the time compared to a full tear off and installation.
  • Your business can always stay open during renewal while it often can’t during replacement.

Trust J. Smucker for Your Roof Restoration Needs

We’re always happy to answer the question, “What is roof restoration?” — and share why we believe it is the smartest choice you can make. At J. Smucker Contracting, we like to begin the conversation with potential clients by providing them a complimentary, no-obligation roof inspection.

While most companies charge for this, we are able to offer it for free. This allows us to understand the condition of your roof to make a recommendation — if any — on what your roof needs. If your roof is in good shape, you have total peace-of-mind. However, if it does need work, we can give you an estimate.

Reach out today to request your free roof inspection!