Is a Metal Retrofit the Best Option for Your Roof?

When replacing a commercial or residential roof, property owners tend to have one of two options: a complete replacement or a roofing retrofit. In many cases, a total roof replacement may seem like the best option, but it may not be if you haven’t fully thought it through.

As your ‘good friends,’ we’re here to share your options. (Friends don’t let friends mess up the roof over their heads, right?) If your roof is in need of some love and a simple patch job just won’t cut it, consider a metal retrofit for your roof to save money, maintenance needs, and do your part for the planet. But give us a call, and we’ll make sure to give you the best advice for your roofing project!

Is a Metal Retrofit Best for Your Roof

What is Roof Retrofitting?

Roof retrofitting is the act of installing a new roof over an existing roofing system. We can all agree with the fact that completely tearing off an existing, old roof can be very costly in both dollars and time.

There are many benefits of a roof retrofit, especially when done with a metal material. Many building owners have discovered this is the best solution for their commercial or residential property.

Some of the many perks of a metal retrofit include:

  1. Lower cost
  1. Shorter construction time
  1. Less time away from your space
  1. Optimal safety measures
  1. Increased energy efficiency
  1. Fire resistance
  1. Curb appeal
  1. Longer lifespan

When it comes to a big job, you need the help of a Goodfriend. Our local roofers can handle any job! If you’re ready for a free quote, call us today at (813) 579-5789!


We think metal roofing is supremely stylish & timeless. It’s always a great option! You can trust your Goodfriends on that.

The Benefits of a Metal Retrofit Roof

While the decision for your roof is ultimately up to you as the owner, we are a big advocate for metal roof retrofits. Here are 10 reasons why:

1. Save Money Instead of Tearing Down

The tear-off and disposal process for old roofing materials when undergoing a full replacement can get quite pricey due to the added labor. Disposing of old materials may also require steep fees depending on your location and the material.

2. Shorter Construction Time

One of the most attractive advantages of a metal roof retrofit is that it can be completed in a shorter timeframe. Metal roofing is already easier to install than shingles since it is done in large panels instead of small shingles. Plus, not having to ‘de-roof’ the property will save on time and money too.

3. Less Time Away from Your Property

Whether your roof is on a commercial or residential property, a whole roof replacement can be a real pain in the asphalt.

When you remove a roof, time away from your business or home is almost always unavoidable. Especially for a commercial location, shutting down can be really disruptive and expensive for office workers and operations.

‍A metal retrofit, in contrast, doesn’t disrupt business operations or boot you from your home. No inconvenience necessary!

4. Safety First

‍An additional advantage of a metal roof retrofit is that it is way safer than a full replacement. When a roof is removed, roofers are essentially destroying the ‘ground’ they are standing on. When the roof is entirely removed and the new installation begins, workers likely have to do the job over open framing.

‍When completing a retrofit, the crew is able to walk on the existing roof to do the deed. Additionally, working over an existing roof minimizes the hazard of debris or tools falling.

While we love doing a great job on a roof replacement, a retrofit may be a better (more cost-effective!) option for you. Either way, call your Goodfriends at (813) 579-5789!

5. Lowered Energy Costs

‍One of the potential long-term benefits of a roof retrofit is lowered energy costs. When adding a new roof to your pre-existing roof, you can add a layer of insulation or even ventilated air space in between. According to the Department of Energy, 35% of average energy costs are directed towards heating, cooling, and ventilation, so adding insulation will offer a great savings opportunity.

‍If you don’t plan to add insulation to your roof, keep in mind that many local codes require that a building complies with current insulation requirements. This may be another pro to add to your list for a retrofit vs. a full replacement.

6. Fire Resistance

Metal roofing is fire-resistant and therefore provides a safer alternative to the majority of roofing materials.

‍It’s no more likely to be struck by lightning than other types of roofing, all while being non-combustible! All this means that your house is less likely to catch on fire in the case of a nasty storm. What a relief!

7. Great Looks from the Ground

‍While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we think metal roofing is supremely stylish and timeless. Metal roofing is available in a variety of styles and colors, so you’re sure to find something that looks great with your siding and architectural features.

‍There are plenty of specialty metal roofing options that mimic a range of looks from shingles and tiles to slate and cedar. You can also opt for a white roof, which can lower your energy costs even further!

8. Greater Lifespan

‍Metal roofing typically lasts between 40 and 70 years, but can even last up to 100 years depending on the specific type of metal with proper upkeep. With a retrofit, an EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) membrane is typically added, which protects against environmental damage such as UV rays, heat, and water pooling, helping your roof last even longer.


Metal roofing typically lasts between 40 and 70 years,
but can even last up to 100 years!

‍A metal retrofit roofing is categorized as Class 4 for impact resistance, so it will hold up well against wind, hail, and debris. This is the highest possible rating for roofing materials. Between energy efficiency, safety features, and damage resistance, a retrofit can help lower insurance costs and save you even more money.

Retrofit Your Roof with a Goodfriend

‍Whether you own a commercial property or residential home here in Tampa, when your roof is in need of some serious help, retrofitting might be the best option. Adding a second roof layer gets you the biggest bang for your buck while saving energy and the environment.

‍While we are huge fans of a retrofitted metal roof, it’s important to get the opinion of a licensed professional. That’s why you should have your good friends come out to offer our expert opinion and help you determine the best option for your new roof!

Call Goodfriend Roofing today for your FREE, no hassle quote – (813) 579-5789!

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