What are commercial roof coatings?
Commercial roof coatings help improve your roof’s longevity and performance. Designed to protect your roof from leaks, roof coatings can either be sprayed or be roll-applied on your already existing roof surface. Its self-adhering properties, monolithic structure, and flashing capabilities make your roof last much longer. Apart from protecting the building from potential leaks,commercial roof coatings are reflective, which helps keep your building’s interior cooler by reflecting UV rays into the atmosphere and keeping the roof cool, thereby saving you a lot on electricity bills.
Different commercial roof coating types
Your existing roof can get a new lease of life with a successful coating and restoration plan. Commercial roof coating applications are non-invasive and do not interrupt your workday or your productivity at all. The following are the different types of roof coating,
Acrylic is one of the most popular types of roof coating containing various types of acrylic polymer. It’s inexpensive, durable, and is available in several colors, white being the most preferred one for its reflective properties. It requires reapplication once every 2-3 years.
Polyurethane coating is made from a type of alcohol called polyol and organic compounds. These make ideal roof coating materials, being thermosetting polymers, which, when heated, do not melt. These coatings come in two different categories. The aliphatic type can retain color and provide UV protection, and the cheaper aromatic version that is not UV stable.
Solvent-based silicone coating adds a catalyst and solvent over a silicone base. This coating is more environmentally friendly and can be recycled. This coating can be applied by both spraying and rolling. Solvent-based silicone does not need a primer to adhere to the substrates and is known to reduce ponding.
Asphalt emulsion coating is made up of asphalt fragments that are dissolved in water. It is emulsified with clay. To make it stronger, fillers and fibers are added to it. It can be applied easily with just a push broom and is not labor-intensive at all.
Foam coating is used on singly ply roof systems or built-up roof systems and is [refered for their cost-efficiency, longevity, and energy efficiency.
Benefits of commercial roof coatings
Protection from leaks: As mentioned before in this article, commercial roof coatings protect the building from potential leaks. These coatings are spray-applied across every inch of the roof, including every structure on it, sealing the roof seamlessly and making it waterproof.
Easy to install: One of the major benefits of a commercial roof coating system is its ease of application. It requires very little material, creates minimal noise, and is odorless, allowing you to continue your business without any disruptions or disturbances to the occupants inside, thereby saving you a lot of money.
Reflective: The reflective nature of commercial coating keeps UV rays away from the roof, keeping the roof and the building cooler and therefore helping you save a lot on electricity bills.
Inexpensive: Commercial roof coating is applied directly over your existing roof, reducing the installation time. Commercial roof coating systems require minimal labor and do not require you to pay any landfill fees as there are no landfill wastes that are otherwise generated by other roof restoration systems that need to tear off the existing roof to reinstall a new one.
Installing a commercial roof coating system
Inspecting the roof: Inspect the roof for 48 hours to notice is there is any standing water anywhere on the surface of the roof. This will tell you whether or not the roof has adequate slopes that can handle the coating effectively.
Make repairs if any: If your roof requires any repairs, you will be required to make them now. Fix protrusions, repair sheet metal, remove wet insulations left behind by past leaks, etc before applying the coating.
Clean the roof: Power-wash the roof to clear dirt and debris.
Install the coating: Apply the coating easily by spray or roll-application, over the surface of the roof. Allow it to cure for a day and it’s done.
Maintaining your commercial roof coating
Maintaining your commercial roof coating is extremely easy. Different materials will have different maintenance needs, but the basic principles are the same.
Detect the problem
Clean the area
Cover up the hole or cracks by adding more coating
Commercial roof coatings are often ignored by buyers due to a lack of knowledge and awareness. These systems are cost-effective, environment-friendly, hassle-free, and require very little maintenance while lasting a long time. When you decide to install this system, remember to talk to a qualified and experience commercial roofing professional who will guide you through the entire process.