Do you know about the importance of commercial coating for your property’s roof? Well, you’re about to. Keep reading for the ultimate guide for all things commercial coating!
What is commercial coating?
Generally, the purpose of coating your roof is to extend its lifespan and protect its health. The coating is sprayed or rolled on to the existing roof, allowing the coating to protect your building structure.
One of the main benefits of commercial coating is a nearly complete elimination of all potential for leaks. Additionally, most coatings are reflective. This prevents sun rays from entering your building, allowing the building to stay cooler. Hint: this saves you money! Finally, commercial coating involves a much easier installation process than other systems with similar benefits.
Types of commercial coating
There are a few different options to consider when it comes to commercial coating. Here, we’ll outline some of the most popular choices and the differences between them.
Acrylic coatings are composed of acrylic binders dispersed in water. This type of coating is versatile and well established as a typically successful option. Acrylic coatings are water-based, and therefore sensitive to moisture. These coatings must be completely dry before they are able to withstand precipitation. However, once the coating has cured, it becomes more water resistant. These coatings do have the potential for blistering and issues with adhesion if they are subjected to too much moisture, even after curing.
Polyurethane coatings come from an organic solvent base and work for many different types of properties. These coatings are highly adhesive and versatile because of their ability to comply with most roofing materials. Polyurethane coatings are strong, durable, and highly resistant to many materials, as well as water.
Silicone coatings are solvent-based and regarded as highly resistant to weather and water. These coatings are relatively soft once cured and can accumulate dirt over time. Generally, we use silicone coatings for spray polyurethane foam (SPF) roofing systems.
Fluoropolymer coatings are solvent-based binders that are applied to metal roof panels and cured in a factory. You can apply these coatings over fluoropolymer paint and other roofing finishes. Fluoropolymer coatings are weather resistant, and their colors are long lasting. These coatings are also resistant to the accumulation of dirt and maintain solar reflection well.
Installing commercial coating
The process of installing coating onto your commercial property’s roof begins with an inspection. The inspection mainly looks for the amount of standing water left on the roof 48 hours after rainfall. This is in order to ensure that the roof has an adequate slope and can sustain coating.
Your contractor must make any repairs found in the inspection before installing the coating. These repairs may include fixing sheet metal or adjusting any insulation from previous leaks. If you don’t make these repairs prior to coating the roof, the coating will only seal in the damage.
Then, your contractor will power wash the roof before finally applying the coating.
Commercial coating maintenance
It is extremely simple to maintain your commercial coating! The specifics depend on materials and the type of coating used, but generally speaking, the only potential for maintenance involves recoating areas that may have acquired holes or gaps over time.
Additionally, you can reapply your commercial coating to extend its lifespan by up to 20 years. The general process for reapplication involves a quick power wash and a new layer of coating. Really, that’s it!
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