The roof of a commercial building always endures a lot of abuse – but the summer of 2023 is proving to be especially challenging from an environmental perspective for property owners across the country. From blazing sun and high temperatures to torrential rain and tornados, your commercial roof is working harder than ever to protect the people, equipment, and business below. Those seeking practical and cost-effective ways to protect their roof often decide on roof coating, a lightweight solution for extending the service life of a mechanically-sound roof. In this article, we discuss some of the more popular roof coatings that can extend the life of your roof without requiring a tear-off or replacement.
Extending Roof Life in All Conditions
While 2023 has been particularly difficult, your roof is subject to adverse conditions all day, every day, all year round. Here are four of the best solutions for not only protecting the life of your roof but providing long-term energy and cost savings for your business.
- White Silicone coating systems represent an ideal solution for virtually any roof type, whether high- or low-slope. The coating provides 100% waterproofing via a highly adhesive application, and the coating is tough enough to withstand ponding water after a major rainstorm. Its bright white finish protects against the thermal expansion and contraction that can damage a roof over time and lower roof temperatures to maximize roof life. Commercial property owners can expect lower energy bills, fewer power outages, and reduced power plant emissions, which can improve air quality.
- White Elastomeric coating systems are also appropriate for nearly any roof type but are best suited for metal and aged single-ply membranes. Like white silicone systems, white elastomeric applications lower energy costs, prevent extreme roof temperatures that can shorten the roof’s lifespan, and work against excessive expansion and contraction. They also improve indoor comfort for those areas not under air, reduce peak electricity demand, and lower power plant emissions.
- Spray Polyurethane Foam systems (SPF) involve spray-in-place insulation that provides a fully adhered, self-flashing system. The resulting roof effectively seals all penetrations without joints, fasteners, or seams. This system is excellent for enhancing drainage and minimizing ponding water that can occur after storms. The bright white finish provides maximum solar reflectance and, therefore, can result in significant energy savings for the property owner. While a popular option for second and built-up roofs, SPF is also appropriate for situations when the existing roof needs to be torn off and replaced.
- Aluminum coating systems provide long-term rust and waterproof protection, particularly for older metal roofs with evident corrosion. These highly reflective, premium-grade coatings are also an economically efficient solution versus expensive roof replacements.
While you may not be sure which solution is right for your building, local roofing experts can provide the guidance you need to make the best decision.
Roof Maintenance is Key
“Out of sight, out of mind.” Unfortunately, applying this old adage to your commercial roof can be expensive – and even catastrophic. When it comes to protecting and maintaining the integrity of your roof, a proactive approach is necessary. While your roof may not be showing signs of deterioration or leaking at the moment, the damage is inevitable at some point. As is the case with most structural issues, once the problem becomes evident to the casual observer, it is beyond the point of a minor fix.
By establishing a routine maintenance plan, property owners and managers can more effectively protect themselves against costly repairs and inefficient energy use. If you are responsible for maintaining a commercial roof – whether strip mall, car dealership, or condominium – call Unicoat Industrial Roofing for an expert evaluation and consultation.