What You Need to Know About Roof Coatings and Installation

What You Need to Know About Roof Coatings and Installation

When it comes to commercial manufacturing, you don’t want to have any unexpected disruptions that interfere with your production. Sometimes it can be easy to focus on machinery maintenance and production optimization that you can forget about the state of the physical facility that you’re in. The roof of your commercial/industrial building is what protects all your assets from the elements and ensures your employees have a safe place to work in.

 What Is A Roof Coating?

Unlike residential homes, commercial buildings are not typically constructed with shingles and slanted roofs. Rather, most have a flat roof that is made from spray foam, modified bitumen, membranes, metal, or some other material. This material should be covered with a coating. The coating is a thick paint-like material that both protects the roofing materials and extends their lifespan.

These coatings have a higher solids content than most paints out there. They can protect materials from adverse weather conditions, water, and UV light damage. The coating itself is an elastic-like material that will work to cover small cracks, seams, and other imperfections left exposed in the roofing material.

What Types Of Coatings For Roof Are There?

There are various types of coatings for roofs out there for you to choose from. Each comes with its own pros and cons, which our experienced staff can explain to you. Understanding what these different coatings are and how each one fits with the existing roofing materials is going to ensure that you pick the right coating for your commercial application. 

  • Acrylic
  • Asphalt
  • Silicone
  • Polyurethane

 

How Long Do Coatings Last?

Most coatings that are correctly applied will last for about 10 to 20 years. The longevity of the coating will depend on the type of roofing material that it’s going over and the type of coating that you have applied to your roof. When you speak with our industrial painting contractor, you can get a better idea of how long a coating on your specific commercial building is going to last.

 Is There Any Roof That Can’t Be Coated? 

There are commercial roofs that are gravel-coated. The gravel doesn’t allow for proper application of the coating. While a traditional roof coating won’t work for this type of building, you do have other similar options. Be sure to ask our coating contractors what they are. 

What Are The Benefits Of Commercial Roof Coating?

 If you’re considering coating, it’s likely that you’ve heard about one or more benefits of this material. However, before you invest money in this process, you want to know if it’s really worth it. Here are some of the biggest benefits that your commercial facility can gain from having a coating installed on your roof.

 Waterproof Seal

As with any roof, there’s always a possibility of leakage. When you get a coating applied, you can eliminate this problem. The coating will provide a protective layer that goes all over the roof. This makes the roof completely waterproof so you don’t have to worry about leaks from seams or cracks.

 Temperature Control

The hot summer sun can heat up an industrial roof very quickly. By having a coating installed that is colored to reflect the light, it can keep your building cooler. White is the most desirable color as it reflects the sun’s rays. However, colors like red and yellow can also reflect a majority of the sun’s rays while making your building look unique. Our coating experts can help you to pick a color that matches your building’s design and keeps the roof from getting too hot.

Enhance Energy Star Rating

It’s important to note that your industrial building is likely required to meet local Energy Star standards for operation. When you employ a coating on your roof, you can boost your Energy Star rating to a more desirable level. When your building is more energy-efficient, not only can you meet local code requirements, but you can enjoy a higher resale value in the future.

 Longer Roof Life

A coating that is applied over existing roofing materials will work to extend their lifespan. This is because the coating protects the existing materials from the sun’s damage and the natural elements. This can work to save you some green in the long run as you’ll have to replace your roof less often.

As you can see, there are many benefits that having a coating installed can do for your commercial business. It’s important to note that each one of these benefits will work together to save you money over the long run. When you extend the life of your roofing materials and waterproof them with the coating, you don’t have to spend unnecessary money on roofing repairs.

When you improve the Energy Star rating of your building with a temperature-controlled coating, you can save funds on cooling costs in the summertime. While purchasing a coating installation to begin with is an investment, it pays for itself in no time. It’s time to get your industrial roof coated now so you can start to save your business some money in the long-term while ensuring your production isn’t interrupted by roofing issues is the future.

What Is The Process For Having A Coating Applied?

 If you’re convinced that adding a coating to your industrial commercial building’s roof is a great investment, you’re likely wondering more about the application process. When you call R.L. Painting, you can expect to have experienced roofing contractors do the job. Here are the steps in the coating process that you’ll experience.

 Surveying Of The Roof

One of our roofing coating contractors will assess your existing roof. They’ll determine the roofing material that you have and discuss what your goals are for the coating. From here, they’ll suggest the ideal coating application that will best fit your existing roofing materials and your expectations.

 

Roof Inspection

Before we ever start the commercial roof painting job, we’re going to have one of our coating contractors inspect your physical roof. During this inspection, we’ll be able to determine the materials necessary to do the job and identify any potential issues that need to be addressed before the coating goes on your roof. These include problems like rusted metal, loose fasteners, and crushed insulation.

 Prepping For Coating 

We’ll fix all these problems identified during the roof inspection prior to applying a coating. Our team will also clean up loose debris to ensure that your roof is ready to be coated. At R.L. Painting, we ensure that we have a clean roof to start with so that you get the best result possible from your coating application.

Application Time

 We start by applying a primer to the roof. We’ll seal the various seams and fasteners throughout the roof. Once all the primer is applied, we’ll start applying the coating to your roof. This is applied in a very thick way to ensure that there is a premium layer of coating on your commercial roof for long lasting and full protection.

 How To Get Your Roof Coated Today?

If you’re ready to get your roof coated, it’s time to call us. We are a licensed and insured nationwide industrial/commercial painting firm that is highly experienced in the specialized practice of coating roofs. We offer a satisfaction guarantee for all our United States customers because we want to ensure that you love the outcome of your roof when we’re done.