Retro-Master® High Performance Retrofit Roof Systems
Retro-Master® is a complete retrofit roof system that easily and affordably transforms any old or failing roof into a new, sophisticated, code-compliant and energy-efficient sloped metal roof.
With its projected average lifespan exceeding 45 years and limited maintenance requirements, a Retro-Master metal roof system is the most economically sensible decision for any building owner in need of a roof replacement solution.
It is the ideal solution for schools and universities, retail centers and stores, industrial or office buildings, military and other public facilities, or any building in need of a new, long-lasting high performance roof.
Available in a variety of metal roofing profile options and ENERGY STAR® listed, cool roof compliant and CRRC listed colors, Retro-Master can meet any design and performance requirements.
- Retro-Master System Overview
- Why Retrofit?
- Why Metal?
- Why Retro-Master?
- Retrofit an Existing Flat Roof
- Cost Savings from Retrofitting a Flat Roof with Metal
- Retrofit an Existing Sloped Roof
- Retrofit for Sustainability
- Retro-Master Enables Net-Zero
Download the "Retro-Master Roof Replacement Systems" Brochure, which demonstrates the benefits of retrofitting existing flat or sloped roofs of any material with a high performance sloped metal roof.
Download the "Retro-Master Metal-Over-Metal Re-Roof Solution" Brochure that speaks specifically to the benefits of retrofitting old or failing metal sloped roofs with new and improved Metal Sales roofs.
Take our one hour AIA HSW/SD Learning Unit, "Getting to Net-Zero with Metal Roofing" to learn more about how sustainably retrofitting can help you achieve Net-Zero.
Download the Retro-Master High Performance Retrofit Roof Systems Design Manual for more detailed technical information.
Download Retro-Master® AutoCAD zipped .dwg files for detailed technical drawings.
Retro-Master is a complete retrofit roof system
Depending on your needs, Retro-Master provides every element required for a retrofit, including structural framing, subframing and your new metal roof. If required, steel posts and beams or subpurlins are first installed to form the structure for a new, sloped metal roof. Next, Metal Sales roof panels and accessories are installed to complete a high-quality Retro-Master roof system.
As a single-source solution from the nation’s leader in commercial metal roofing and wall systems, a Retro-Master retrofit roof system is backed by a 20 year weathertight warranty and an industry-leading 45 year finish warranty.
21 manufacturing facilities nationwide will deliver your Retro-Master system on time. And a network of certified installers ensure that Retro-Master is installed – without removing the existing roof – with minimal disruption to building operations. Retro-Master offers building owners a convenient and beautiful roofing solution – and the best overall value in the industry.
Like an old high-mileage car, eventually it costs more to maintain an old roof than to replace it. But apart from roof failure and damage from water infiltration, there are many other reasons to retrofit a roof.
- Beautify a building and increase its value
- Enhance the thermal efficiency of a building by adding insulation
- Meet or exceed new building codes for wind uplift and thermal performance
- Lower energy costs by taking advantage of new cool roofing technology
- Choose roofing materials and systems that last longer and require less maintenance
- Affordably rehabilitate an existing structure rather than build new.
Building rehabilitation and re-use can be environmentally advantageous compared to building new, but Metal Sales products and systems also make retrofitting economically advantageous. A Retro-Master retrofit roofing system will last 45+ years, outperforming four traditional flat roof replacement options by nearly double the service life.
Now compare the 25 year life cycle cost of these systems. Retro-Master system’s low maintenance and 45+ year lifespan translate to significant savings for building owners – less than half the cost of a flat re-roof. Combine these savings with the improved energy efficiency of a Retro-Master roof and the savings continue to compound – month after mount and year after year.
Metal is the fastest growing category of roofing in North America.
- Lasts three times longer than built-up, membrane, shake or asphalt shingle roofs
- Costs the least to maintain of any roofing material
- Can increase the appreciable value of a building
- May qualify for reduced insurance premiums
- Integrates most easily with renewably energy stems – photovoltaic panels, micro wind turbines, solar heating systems (convective air and hot water)
Made from materials with up to 30% recycled content and are 100% recyclable.
Architects, contractors and owners prefer Retro-Master
- Network of certified installers
- Industry-leading 45 year warranty on coating integrity
- In-house design and engineering by Metal Sales™ technical team
- 21 manufacturing facilities nationwide to ensure on-time delivery
- Does not require the removal of the existing roof
- Minimal disruption to building operations
- More metal roofing profile options to meet your design and budget criteria
- All colors are ENERGY STAR® listed, cool roof compliant, and many are CRRC listed
- Best overall value
Retrofit Existing Flat Roof
Square wheels and flat roofs – you won’t go far with either. For a roof to perform its best, it must shed water away from a building quickly, completely and reliably every time. Flat roofs can’t do this. Without diligent and costly maintenance, drains clog, water ponds and membranes crack under UV radiation and the continual seasonal freeze and thaw.
To permanently fix a flat roof, Retro-Master® is the best solution. With Retro-Master, new steel framing is installed
over a failing flat roof and then clad with beautiful, long-lasting, and energy-efficient metal roofing. Plus, Retro-Master accommodates any structural framing type of an existing building – steel, concrete, and wood.
Choose a low-slope design to subtly upgrade the look of your building, or go with a steep slope option for a more dramatic makeover.
Cost Savings from Retrofitting a Flat Roof with Metal
A Retro-Master retrofit roof system will last 45+ years, outperforming four traditional flat re-roof options by nearly double the service life.
Now compare the 25 year life cycle cost of these systems. Retro-Master system’s low maintenance and 45+ year lifespan translates to significant savings for building owners – less than half the cost of a flat re-roof. Combine these savings with the improved energy-efficiency of a Retro-Master roof and the savings continue to compound – month after month and year after year.
Sources: RCI Interface/EUAC LCCA Analysis 2007, Ducker Worldwide Survey 2007 and RetroSpec, LLC Life Cycle Costing studies. Costs are based on a 10,000 square foot building with a low slope without rooftop penetrations located in the central United States installed during the year of 2012 and are adjusted for 3% inflation compounded per year.
Retrofit Existing Sloped Roof
Have a low-sloped (<2:12 pitch) or steep-slope (>2:12 pitch) roof that needs to be revitalized and upgraded to meet codes with greater energy efficiency? Whether your existing roof is made from membrane, shingles, modified bitumen or metal, the Retro-Master roof system provides your best and longest term solution.
For existing non-metal roofs, Retro-Master provides cold-formed steel subpurlins, including a hat-channel purlin that meets current code requirements, to create the structural base for installing the new high-performance metal roof.
For existing metal roofs, Retro-Master Metal-Over-Metal Re-Roof Solution provides subpurlins that are factory notched to nest over the ribs of the existing metal roof panels. This method can increase the load carrying capacity of existing building purlins, which accommodates the added weight of the new Retro-Master metal roof system.
Retrofit for Sustainability
Retro-Master metal roof retrofit system is the quintessential sustainable building system.
Retro-Master promotes building rehabilitation improvement and reuse over demolition, landfilling and building new. It provides the opportunity to dramatically improve a building’s thermal performance by insulating the roof and using cool roofing pigments. It may contribute to building certification programs including LEED®.
Use of Retro-Master creates the industry’s longest lasting roofing solution, with a projected lifespan of more than 45 years.
Steel for Sustainability
Steel roofing solutions last three times longer than built-up, membrane, shake or asphalt shingle roofs. Retro-Master is 100% steel, which is the #1 most recycled material in the world. Because of that, when Retro-Master – which is made from up to 30% recycled content – reaches the end of its long lifespan, the system is fully recyclable. Because of the ease with which metal is recycled, its ability to be recycled infinitely without degradation and its wide ranging applications, metal will continue to command top dollar in scrap markets. Retro-Master is environmentally and economically sustainable.
Metal is also the best roofing platform to collect rainwater for landscaping and other permissible uses. It integrates most easily with renewably energy stems – photovoltaic panels, micro wind turbines, solar heating systems (convective air and hot water).
Retro-Master Enables Net-Zero
Retro-Master metal roof retrofit system easily enables roof-located Net-Zero energy conservation and production strategies, such as:
- Convective ventilation to reduce solar heat gain during summer (saving energy for cooling)
- Solar heated make-up air brought in through ventilating equipment in winter months (saving heating costs)
- Solar heated water for year-round energy reductions
- Photovoltaic integration (thin-film laminate and polycrystalline panels) with no roofing penetrations
- Micro wind turbine integration with no roofing pentetrations.