Roof coatings play a critical role in extending the life of an existing roof. This extra layer protects against foot traffic, UV rays, and severe weather conditions. But what type of roof coating is right for your business? Read more about the various options available for commercial roofs.
Metal roofing is a common type of roof for commercial businesses. They’re easy to install, require little maintenance, and are very durable. However, precipitation throughout the year can cause corrosion and create tiny holes that allow leaks. Many contractors apply an epoxy roof coating layer to prevent this from happening. Epoxy is a resin-based type of roof coating that immediately sticks to the roof’s surface and hardens to waterproof laps, joints, and other fasteners.
Polyurethane sealants provide a strong and durable protective layer for various roofing materials, including modified bitumen. It’s a solvent-based coating material with excellent strength and protects high-stress structures. Polyurethane coatings are available in two primary options:
The aromatic coating is primarily used as a base coat for interior applications. While the least expensive of the two options, this type of roof coating is less UV stable, slowly degrades when exposed to long-term sunlight, and can turn yellow over time.
Aliphatic coating solutions are used as a top coat and are more suitable for exterior applications. This option is more UV stable, withstands long-term sun exposure, and holds its original color over time. However, this coating type is more expensive than aromatic.
Flat roofs are exposed to UV rays and various weather conditions throughout the year and require a durable coating to ensure long-term protection. Silicone coating is a highly elastic material that delivers enhanced adhesion to a roof. This coating solution is highly resistant to extreme weather conditions and rarely becomes brittle. Another benefit of silicone flat roof coating is it provides superior protection against sunlight and withstands long-term exposure to ponding water. Silicone roof coatings are ideal for EPDM, TPO, and concrete roof decks.
Acrylic spray-on rubber roofing, or elastomeric, is another popular type of roof coating. Contractors recommend acrylic roof coatings because they’re cost-effective, feature high UV resistance, and reduce energy costs by reflecting sunlight away from the building. Like silicon coatings, acrylic sprays work well on EPDM and TPO roofing systems.
Silicone and acrylic are two popular roof coating options, and determining which one is right for your building is challenging. Silicone roof coatings need more regular maintenance because they attract dirt and dust. Also, it takes longer to install because the material is slippery when wet and requires contractors to lay down a walk pad.
Elastomeric coatings are water-based and become brittle after long-term exposure to ponding water. Also, this material must be installed in warm weather because cold temperatures delay drying. Generally, acrylic spray coating can’t be installed in conditions under 50 degrees.
Before deciding on the best type of roof coating for your use, you should first determine if your building needs one to begin with. Here are some signs that it’s time to call a roof coating expert:
- Interior water damage caused by leaks
- Increasing energy bills
- Bare spots, loose seams, or blistering areas on the roof
- Cracks in asphalt
- Visible single-ply areas
Not sure if your building needs roof coating? Contact Elevated Contracting today, and our experts will perform a full inspection.
At Elevated Contracting, we understand that replacing or repairing commercial roofs are expensive options for many businesses. That’s why our team carefully inspects your roof’s condition to determine if a coating system is right for your facility. We consult with you to learn your needs and goals and then deliver a solution that provides the greatest value and best protection possible. Along with our roof coating services, we also offer a comprehensive maintenance program where our team members regularly inspect your roof and gutter systems. Our plans provide the following benefits for businesses:
- Extended roof life
- Minimized roof repairs
- Reduced long-term costs
- Preserved roofing material warranties
Partnering with Elevated Contracting means you’re working with an experienced commercial roofing expert that has extensive knowledge of all types of roof coating systems. Our team has served Northern Virginia for more than 11 years and offers a 10-year workmanship warranty on all of our projects.
Elevated Contracting has provided expert roofing services to Northern Virginia since 2011. We’re a family-owned and -operated business that works hard to maintain a positive presence in the region. Our team takes pride in treating our customers as family. Along with our industry-leading commercial and residential roofing services, we also help with the insurance claims process. We work directly with adjusters and have a streamlined process with a 95% success rate:
One of our team members carefully inspects your roof to assess any damage. Our knowledge and expertise allow us to pinpoint difficult-to-spot areas, and we compile a detailed record of events.
We meet with you to discuss what we found after assessing your roof’s condition. This step includes showing where the damage occurred and studying your insurance policy’s terms.
Our team provides the necessary information your insurance provider needs when filing the initial claim.
We meet with the adjuster after scheduling the claim to make sure their assessment matches ours.
Our team verifies that your provider approves the claim and then begins repairing or replacing your roof.
Contact us today to learn more about how Elevated Contracting can help with your commercial roofing needs.