Roof Coating Systems Offer Multiple Benefits, Help Avoid Costly and Disruptive Roof Replacement
Fortunately for building owners, modern manufacturing technology has produced roof coating systems that are used to restore an existing roof, rather than replacing it. Coating systems have multiple benefits including lower installation cost, sustainability, durability and flexibility.
Roof coating systems are seamless membranes that are applied across the roof surface, flashings and penetrations to fully seal and waterproof the roof. The coating becomes a monolithic membrane with no seams or flashing splices that are susceptible to failure.
Roof coatings are designed for a variety of substrates including asphalt, concrete, modified bitumen, EPDM, Hypalon, TPO, PVC, metal and spray polyurethane foam. Today’s elastomeric roof coatings are designed to be flexible, allowing the coating to expand and contract during temperature fluctuations.
Roof coatings are not new to the industry; demand for more economical roofing solutions and improved manufacturing technology have made them a truly viable option.
Modern manufacturing processes and installation techniques have given coating manufacturers the ability to offer warranties that were never thought possible in years past. Today, roof coating systems can come with a minimum two-year and up to a 20-year warranty. Other forces that have led to the coatings trend are more stringent environmental regulations, building codes and the desire for sustainability.
Roof restoration using a coating system can save the owner 50-70% when compared to replacing the entire roof. They avoid the cost of tearing off the existing roof, purchasing new materials and paying added labor fees. Not to mention the environmental impact of disposing of roofing materials in a landfill.
Another benefit of roof coatings is that they can be applied quickly, with no disruption to a building's occupants and without having to shut down the business. Application creates minimal noise and low odor. They generally take 8-24 hours to thoroughly dry, depending on weather conditions. Fast-setting coatings that resist early wash-off associated with light rain and heavy dew are also available.
Ultraviolet rays and the sun's heat are the leading causes of roof damage, including cracks, tears, splits and loss of flexibility. Highly reflective/white roof coatings reflect the sun's heat away from the building, protect the roof from premature aging and drying, and keep the air temperature inside the building cooler, so less air conditioning and utilities are used.
There are lots of reasons to consider a roof coating system. A local commercial roofing contractor can help you sort them out and decide what’s best for your building.
For more information contact Matt Bade of Bade Roofing at 314-892-1331 or visit baderoofing.com.
Bade Roofing Company. Founded in 1954, Bade Roofing Company, Inc. is one of St. Louis, Missouri's premier family-owned and operated commercial and industrial roofing specialists. Bade Roofing installs roofing systems on major retail centers, grocery stores, hospitals, schools, warehouses and office buildings. www.baderoofing.com