There are various ways you can protect your commercial roof. A common approach is to install a coat of protective coatings such as an aluminum alloy sheet or premium polymeric roof coating. Roof coatings are built around different kinds of polymer, silica, or rubber to weatherproof the roof, provide corrosion resistance and prevent premature wear and tear. There are also specific types of spray-on roof coatings made for metal roofs, cement-based roofs, and flat roofs.
Why Commercial Roofing Needs a Premium Coating
The flat, low-slope roof of a commercial building takes a lot of abuse from wind, sun, rain, and snow. A premium polymeric coat will help the roof withstand these forces and protect the structure. The coating is also UV resistant and extends the life of your roofing system by protecting it against weathering. This will allow you to delay total roof replacement for several years. The coating can also be used on a new roof to give it extra protection from day one.
Commercial Roofing Vs. Residential Roofing
Residential and commercial properties have similar needs when it comes to their roofs: they both require protection from the elements such as rain and hail that can damage their roofs. Commercial roofs, though, face additional challenges because they are so large and expansive in size. Residential roofs, on the other hand, are relatively small in comparison to commercial roofs. Commercial roofs must protect not only people and property but also important business assets as well.
How to Choose a Durable Roof Coating for Your Needs
No matter what kind of roof you have on your commercial building, it is going to need some kind of repair work at some point. A premium polymeric roof coating is a protective coating that adheres to the surface of the roof and has the ability to protect against water penetration and damage from UV rays.
These coatings are applied in layers, with each layer covering a different part of the surface area. They can be applied by using several different techniques and vary in thickness. The type of application will depend on the needs of your roof.
Additional Commercial Roofing Materials
When applying a roof coating, there are several additional commercial roofing materials that may need to be installed. These include insulation, flashings, drains and vents, light strips, and more.
- Insulation: Moisture can form on the underside of a roof deck if it's not properly insulated. This can cause deterioration of the roof deck and insulation. Blistering and delamination of the roof system may also occur from the moisture that accumulates in the roof system.
- Flashings: Flashing is a thin strip of material (usually metal) that's used to seal joints between different sections of a roof system. Flashing is applied over joints where water is likely to flow or seep through, such as valleys, around skylights and chimneys, at parapet walls, or near corners.
- Drainage Products: All commercial roofs must have proper drainage systems installed. Without drain systems in place, water has no way to flow off the roof surface once it's applied. This may result in ponding areas on the top of your roof and could lead to premature failure of your roof system.
These are some of the extra materials that you might need when a new roof coating is installed.
If you need help with the roof of your property, contact a commercial roofing contractor to discuss options like spray coatings.
For more information on commercial roofing, contact a company near you.