Local pros discuss metal roof coating options
No matter how well a roof is installed or the quality of materials used for the roof, eventually issues will occur. Whether it’s simply due to age and wear on the roof or possibly caused by a weather event, addressing these issues quickly or even being proactive before they happen is possible for most commercial buildings.
Facilities with metal roofs are often the perfect candidates for the use of specialized coatings applied to the existing roof with the goal of either extending the roof’s useful life or stopping any existing roof leaks. Using a coating can keep you from having to replace a roof in the short term, which is a major expense for any building.
Our company is happy to provide roofing solutions to businesses across West Texas and Louisiana, including Pearland and the entire Houston metro. We specialize in the installation, maintenance and repair of any commercial roofing systems, and have been working with clients who have metal roofs for over 18 years.
This article will discuss some options available on the market today for coatings for metal roofs. Some clients are skeptical when discussing the idea of a coating for either the maintenance or repair of a roof, but modern technology has produced some very effective coatings which are useful for metal roofs.
A roof coating can be used either as a preventative or reactive measure, either with the goal of stopping roof leaks before they happen or eliminating existing leaks.
Typically made of silicone, acrylic, rubber, or some combination of these materials, roof coatings have several benefits in either application.
Not only will a metal roof coating prevent leaks, it can stop existing ones and provide leak protection against ponding water. The top products on the market today can be applied with just one coat and hold up to 2” of standing water.
While not every coating will perform this well, there are options for any budget or roof style which can help your building whether you are already having issues or not.
Another potential benefit from applying a metal roof coating is the increased UV protection available from some coatings. Some coatings are available in heat-resistant colors and materials, which can cool the roof temperature and take some pressure off your building’s HVAC and insulation systems. Especially in the warm climates of East Texas and Louisiana, this is a big benefit for our clients.
There are several options available today, and ultimately which coating you choose depends on your building’s needs, your ultimate goal for the roof and your budgetary constraints.
The top of the line silicone coatings which cover an entire roof can be expensive, but in some cases they can be installed with just one coat. This is beneficial for buildings with existing leaks because it can be done quickly and solve the problem.
There are other materials for whole roof coverage which work well at a lower price point for preventative measures, and if you just need to fix one area there are also spot treating coatings used for repairs.
If you have an existing leak or are looking to preserve your metal roof through coating, we would be happy to answer any questions. Give us a call today, we would love the chance to be your go-to commercial roofing partner!