Fixing commercial roofs

How To Remedy an Aging Metal Roof

A typical concern for commercial and industrial building owners is the condition of their roof, as unaddressed problems can result in significant maintenance and repair costs. Metal roofing is a popular choice for commercial properties – and although these roofs offer remarkable durability, at some point they will need to be repaired or replaced. If you are responsible for a building with an aging metal roof and aren’t sure of your options, here’s what you need to know.

Options for Your Older Metal Roof

Metal roofing systems are an often-recommended choice for new industrial buildings and complexes. They are structurally sound, withstand abuse from the elements and offer extended longevity. However, as metal roofs get older, they may develop several common issues, such as fasteners coming loose or getting lost, sealant and flashings losing their seal, or corrosive damage. Eventually, minor fixes will no longer be sufficient and property owners must find a long-term solution to their issues.

When choosing the most appropriate course of action for a metal roof, many elements such as budget and the severity of the codition must be considered. You’ll also need to take into account the usage of the building, and if your business can afford to vacate the building while work is being done. Having an understanding of the benefits and oitfalls of your available options can help make your choice more intuitive, opting for the solution that fits your situation.

Roof Coatings

Unicoat Industrial Roofing is one of the industry’s leading providers of roof coatings for an aging metal roof. The coating systems we utilize are specifically developed to deliver an additional layer of proactive defense against the elements, including rain and moisture, high winds, debris and extreme heat. In addition to significantly extending the life of your roof, minor ongoing concerns such as rust and small leaks will be addressed.

The coating process involves a comprehensive cleaning of the metal roof surface, followed by the application of primer and coating material. These specialized materials are desgned to adhere to the metal surface, creating a watertight seal and optimal resistance to weathering, rust and corrosion. There are many reasons that roof coatings are a popuar option for commerical property owners.

  • Budget: Roof coating solve many of the issues that an aging metal roof will encounter with far less capital outlay than a roof replacement.
  • Rust and Leaks: Coating systems can proactively prevent the formation of rust formation and seal up leaks on a structurally sound roof, strengthening the roof and boosting overall performance.
  • Reflectivity: Certain coatings are developed specifically to maximize the roof’s solar reflectance, which can help to lower energy consumption and reduce cooling costs for the structure.
  • Life Extension: Applying a roof coating can extend the lifespan of a metal roof by a decade or more, delaying more expensive repairs or needed replacement.

Coatings are an excellent option for commercial and industrial building owners looking an affordable solution for a structurally sound metal roof. However, they are not right for every roof and every level of damage. Remember: While many roof replacements are unnecessary, sometimes the roof does need a full replacement. That is why it is important to hire a professional roofing contractor with expertise in both the benefits and limitations of roof coatings to recommend the best course of action for your facility.

Unicoat Industrial Roofing offer decades of expertise in the roof coating industry. We work across the country, installing roof coatings for car dealerships, shopping malls, condo complexes and airports. If you are a commercial property owner and need a cost-effective solution for your aging roof, call Unicoat Roofing today. We will be happy to assess your roof’s condition and provide expert recomendations for its repair.